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Green Lantern (2011)

A 2011 film, loosely based on the comic book of the same name, directed by Martin Campbell and starring Ryan Reynolds.

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The Lantern Ring clearly didn't edit this movie.

  • Jun 25, 2011
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I'm approaching this movie much the way I did with the Sherlock Holmes movie from a little back.  I have only a slight grasp on the character and the source material, so as long as the movie is entertaining and makes sense then I the regular ticket buyer shouldn't be annoyed by the touches that the comic fans will no doubt be looking for.  I'm not going to get bummed out say if, Green Lantern's costume doesn't look right or if he drives a Mustang instead of a Charger in the comics but story and action should be important and ease you in nicely to this movie's world.  Sadly the movie does that but in the clunkiest way possible.

The little I know is that the Lantern Corp is a space faring police like agency that travels the universe stopping malevolence and uses it's green lantern rings to fly, shoot beams of energy and create, more or less anything the possessor desires such as artillery guns, shields, cars-the limit is the owners limitations.  In the movie a cocky test pilot named Hal Jordan comes into possession of such a ring from a now dead agent of the Lantern Corp as the ring found it's new owner and the ring we are told is never wrong.  Hal seems irresponsible and brash and worse he has fear from seeing his father killed in a flying accident when he was young which makes it odd that the ring chooses him-as we learn that the color green symbolizes will and will shall overcome the yellow power, of fear-which is forbidden from the holder of the ring.  Hal thinks the ring made a mistake and leaves the Corp but must come back when a Galactic Entity named Paralax threatens Earth.

Now I know a couple of things, that ONE Ryan Reynolds plays the character of the Green Lantern well, if ONLY the character was not Hal Jordan, who I'm told isn't so jovial, the character is more fitting of Kyle Rayner, another holder of the ring.  Never mind that the Golden Age character's name was Alan Scott and if this is an origin story, you would thing that it would be him.  Thats about the extent of my nerdy nitpicking, lets get to the real gripes.

One, this movie is edited TERRIBLY.  Somecuts of the movie last ONE second and then it CUTS to another shot of something different which only lasts for a minute and then ANOTHER cut.  No joke, one shot is Hal in his house looking out the window for that one second and then CUT to some of the Lantern Corp flying through space to fight Paralax who get quickly defeated and then CUT again.  The editor was Stuart Baird, a veteran editor of movies, especially action movies and this is unacceptable.

As an aside, for all the criticism Michael Bay gets for the way his movies get cut and edited together, I don't think any of them are this bad and I thought it was funny to see in the movie, the Paralax monster's tendrills wrapping themselves around buildings the same way the new villians in Bay's next Transformers movie will later this Summer, and of all the roads that this happens on in the movie, it's Bay Street.

What's worse is that some things don't make sense.  When a man who has been mutated by the Yellow power comes into possession of Hal's ring, he shoots an energy beam through the wall and then tries to shoot Hal, except, a shield blocks the beam....how?!  Hal tells him that the Ring chose Hal and not the villian.  How could he have shot the beam that destroyed the wall then and what made the shield, the ring that is now in possession of Hal's enemy?  In the SAME scene we see missiles SHOT in Hal's directon to attack a foe, and these are missiles that came off a jet fighter, shouldn't Hal and his ringless ass be ashes?  What follows is another AWFUL edit made to where Hal flys away to safety.  It's clear this movie was cut down to fit it's over 2 hour run time so that it didn't end up being a 3 hour movie, cause the lame editing doesn't stop there as Hal's training with Sinestro and Killiwog feels really phoned in and reduced in how long it should be.

When this hits blu ray (green ray) I will certainly be interested in giving it another look, especially if it's a Director's Cut or extended edition to really bring this movie together because what is here is barely comprehensible and Martin Campbell, director of some of the better James Bond movies, among other films shouldn't be just cashing in a paycheck here.  It HAS to be a major edit to get it into theaters for more run times as that is the only way I'm accepting such lackluster and sloppy edits.  The action scenes are good when they happen, the special effects range from pretty awesome to obvious blue screening and the performances are decent.  Sequel bait is laid on HEAVY with a mid credits scene and we know Hal will need his power ring more then ever to survive.  With all that the ring can do, you would hope that by the time the next movie is made, Hal will make himself a razor so he can get rid of that stubble.  The other question I have is what was greener, the ring or the money LG got for all of that cellphone placement in the movie?
The Lantern Ring clearly didn't edit this movie.

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November 27, 2011
The editing made the movie hard for me to follow! And wasnt it odd that not only was Hal able to defeat Paralux so quickly...but alone?? When just a few scenes before didnt it show a whole team of more seasoned lanterns fail against him?
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Directed by Martin Campbell. With Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard. A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.

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As far as superheroes go, Green Lantern may lack the clean, iconic lines of his more respectable DC counterparts Superman and Batman, but the very wonkiness of the premise (earthling joins elite force of space cops) lends itself to a pulpy, operatic, not-entirely-serious approach. (One of his teammates is a talking carrot, after all.) Capitalizing on a charming performance by Ryan Reynolds, the feature-film adaptation is a big, messy movie that, at its best, generates a feeling of aw-shucks wonder. Much likeThor, it isn't afraid to loosen up on the inner turmoil of its hero and go macro. Based on comic writer Geoff Johns's retrofitting of the title character, the story follows Hal Jordan (Reynolds), an impulsive test pilot whose encounter with a dying alien leaves him with an energy ring capable of weaponizing his imagination. While struggling to master his will-based powers, he must deal with threats both earthbound (a hilariously nebbishy Peter Saarsgard, who may be the first supervillain to rock a hoodie) and galactic. Martin ...
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Director: Martin Campbell
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Special Interest
Release Date: 17 June 2011
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Greg Berlanti
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
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