From all the harsh reviews and knowing that it starred someone who is principly a comedian (having remembered how brutal The Green Hornet was), I was reluctant to spend any "quality" time watching this. Well it became available at the library so I took it out and with nothing on tv but Dancing With the Stars, I decided to pop it in the DVD player. It actually held my interest throughout. Furthermore, Reynolds played the role in a fairly "straight" manner.
It starts out with a narrator explaining that the Green Lanterns are spread throughout the universe, dividing the universe into sectors and are protectors of their sector. Four of the Lanterns come upon an imprisoned thing that seems to feed on fear and rips the soles from three of them. The other Lantern gets away but is mortally wounded. He heads for the nearest habitable world (Earth) and lands there dying.
Meanwhile, Hal Jordan is a test pilot for new military planes. His father was a great pilot but Hal witnessed his father's death in a plane accident while he was still a boy. Hal is doing a simulated combat mission with the latest plane for a company hoping to get a military contract. He outsmarts the pursing computer controlled drones but manages to crash his own very expensive model while doing so. This angers his bosses who fear losing the contract and they must now fire just about anybody.
Meanwhile back on the Lantern's native world Sinestro learns of the attack on the Lanterns and leads a team to combat the evil force. He later learns that the force was once one of the Guardians of the Lantern world who experimented with fear but the fear consumed him to be kind of like Darth Vader (who succumbed to the Darkside of the force). He assembles a force of Lanterns to battle the evil creature claiming that the Lanterns working together have never been beaten.
The injured Lantern has made it to Earh and since he is dying, he sends his power ring to locate someone worthy to wear it. It locates Hal Jordan and envelopes him in a green cocoon and transports him to the dying Lantern. The Lantern tells Hal that the ring has chosen him and that he must use the power lantern to recharge the ring. He dies and Hal contacts his friend who comes to pick him up just as the military arrive to take the alien being's body away.
The film does get a little bit complicated at times and we later learn that a part of the evil being is resident in the dead Lantern's body and it takes over the scientist who is tasked to do the autopsy. He will later be a nemesis to Hal.
Hal will later be transported by the ring to the world of the Lanterns where he will be explained their purpose and be assigned a mentor/trainer. The mentor is supposed to be a type of Yoda, but unlike how well the scenes with Luke and Yoda played out in the Star Wars movies, this trainer is too easily overcome and Hal almost immediately learns how to harness the ring. The film makers could have done a lot better with this part of the film.
The special effects of the film, though not the greatest, are ok, Some of the film is predictable and a lot of the characters we seem to have seen before in other films (think Troma). The movie did hold my interest throughout and the film is set up for a second film at the end. I was a little disappointed with the extras on the disk as there was only a preview of a Green Lantern cartoon and an ad for the DC Comics 52 new number ones. I give this film two and three quarters stars.
With all the follow-up successes (if mixed) Marvel had achieved with their comic book adaptations, of course DC would do well to try and follow up with the groundbreaking success of “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight”. With the rather mediocre film but mixed success that is “Superman Returns”, DC is looking for the next big thing. “Green Lantern” is somewhat of an oddball choice to try to begin a new franchise, but I am rather both happy and at … more
Bursting onto the screen with a winning combination of action and dazzling effects DC Comics' "The Green Lantern" has arrived to the delight of comic fans the world over. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, a talented but cocky test pilot who is haunted by the untimely passing of his father during a test flight when young Hal was a child. Hal avoids commitment and leads his life as a brash individual who does things his way and answers to no one. After … more
I've always enjoyed watching DC Comics' stable of heroes in cartoons and films more than actually reading about them in comics. To me, DC's heroes were, for the most part, more "super" than Marvel's crop of characters. They always seemed to be a bit more fantastical and otherworldly. Sure, Marvel has plenty of heroes who acquired there powers from things like radioactive spiders and the force cosmic, but they always came across as more … more
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 … more
I was prepared to love this movie. It had everything I would enjoy in a comic book super hero movie including the good looking hero, outstanding special effects. So what happened? I did like it, but did not love it. It definately needed some editing. It took forever for the story to take off. I know they had to explain all the back story, but it was so slow moving in the beginning. Coming from director Martin Campbell I was surprised. He usually starts off running and leaves you breathless. I would … more
Ive never been a fan of DC Comics, Ive always been a Marvel fanboy. Although fictional Marvels superheroes just seem more realistic to me..........more believe able. That and some of the harsh reviews I read about this movie made me go into the theater with very low expectations. Enter Hal Jordan an unorthodox US Military fighter pilot. After his reckless behavior causes him to crash an F-35 he is chosen by the ring of Abin Sur to replace him as guardian … more
Green Lantern is a very flawed movie-going experience. It’s by no means a “good” movie, but it doesn’t fall into the ranks of the “superhero movie gone wrong” league of the horrifyingly awful “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” or “Daredevil”, or even the “close but no cigar” category like “Batman Forever” or “The Spirit”. Instead, in a much more tragic fashion, Martin Campbell’s Green … more
Millions of years ago a race of immortals who safeguard the universe called the Guardians of the Universe, founded a group of intergalactic policemen called the Green Lantern Corp, whose job is to protect a sector of the universe. The Green Lanterns are armed with cosmic-powered rings that are only as strong as the bearer's will. One of their number Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison) neutralized a threat years ago named the Parallax. The being returns once again for revenge. … more
I discovered comic books back in the mid 1980s. We lived near a convenience store that stocked a fairly large number of them. I remember well going down there, getting a strawberry ice cream cone, playing some Super Mario Bros and buying comics. Being an imaginative child, and a fan of science fictiony stuff, I very quickly gravitated to Green Lantern. And why not? Here was a set of stories that often took place in space, featured aliens by the gross and had a ring that could be used … more
Star Rating: Green Lantern does not seem to know who it was made for. There are expository sections of story so densely packed with detail that they will (1) confuse and alienate those who are not intimately familiar with the original comic book, and (2) bore those who are. Most of the characters are badly developed while the rest are introduced and then immediately dropped. Specific events are either explained at too great a length or not explained enough. … more
I first got on this blog to discuss my first passion which is books. Since I have gotten on I find that books are only a piece of this blog and I can discuss just about anything that comes to mind. It … more
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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.
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 ...