This summer’s newest blockbuster is here with ‘Green Lantern’, a comic book movie about a group of intergalactic “space cops” known as the Green Lantern Corp. who battle all forms of evil with their power rings. The movie primarily revolves around Hal Jordan, the first human to receive a power ring and join the ranks of the Corp, as he discovers his new powers fights with himself as to whether he truly deserves this power and responsibility. The movie stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, and was directed by ‘Casino Royale’ director Martin Campbell.
The acting in this movie is very solid with performances that could’ve been excellent, I’m looking at you Sarsgaard, and stuck out above the rest, had the script been better. To put it simply, the writing here was just bad. The film’s dialogue consist mostly of expository lines trying to explain everything while still leaving many questions and actions in the movie unanswered. There’s also quite a few moments were someone or something conveniently shows up or happens. All these moments just seem lazy and make you ask why?
Another problem I had with this movie was the effects or lack of. This movie is very much like the ‘Fantastic Four’ movie in that there’s really only one fight that takes place and it doesn’t occur until the end of the film and then fails to deliver anything worth talking about. Every action scene also seems very rushed, making you want more. Normally that would be a great thing except they don’t give you much more and at the end you’re just disappointed. Something else that really bothered me was the lack of other Lanterns in the film. You do catch a few glimpses of other Lanterns but you never learn anything at all about any of them except for the names of a few of them and that two of them were good friends. You also don’t every really get to see much of the Corps home base OA. I suppose this is a good thing since the effects there were horrible and pulled me right out of the film. It just felt like they were in front of a green screen or that you were just looking at a painting and not a place were all these creatures live and train.
I went into this movie really wanting to like it, but overall it wasn’t very good. The plethora of bad writing and poor special effects make this movie hard to watch and not quite worth the price of a movie ticket. I do however recommend that everybody who is a Ryan Reynolds or Green Lantern fan check this out as a rental because I’m sure you’ll get some enjoyment out of this film as I did.