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Green Lantern, based off the comic Green Lantern released by DC Comics: a Film Review


Unbeknownst to those on Earth a great evil has been lurking the far reaches of the galaxy.  The Green Lantern Corps has been imprisoning the malevolent Parallax before he is able to continue his journey of causing fear and feeding upon it throughout the galaxy.

When a ship crashes Parallax is able to gain enough strength to escape his prison, mortally wounding a Green Lantern in the process.

When he crashes to Earth his ring finds a human, a cocky test pilot, who is chosen to take his place as a member of the Green Lantern Corps.  The only issue is that no human has ever been able to harness the power of the ring.  Will Hal Jordan be able to? Or will Earth fall to the evil of Parallax?

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Science-fiction, Action/Adventure

-Creator: based off the comic Green Lantern released by DC Comics

-Length: 114 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for very mild nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild use of alcohol, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: HBO Max (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angel Bassett, Tim Robbins

-Page of Reference in RP1: DC Comics is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This is just a horrible film.  The only good thing to come out of this was the real-life relationship between Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.  And no, I’m not joking.

The storyline is scattered and nearly incoherent at best and is a fanboy’s hard-on at worst.  There is little to no structure, the characters haven’t been written in a way to where you care about them and the whole movie has the attitude that the audience OBVIOUSLY knows JUST enough about the mythology and world of Green Lantern…but not SO much that they don’t need some of it explained (in an often condescending manner).

And don’t get me started on the CGI.  By the time this movie released Avatar had officially set the standard for what CGI in film should be. To say this film falls flat is an understatement.  I know that we were in the throws of the CGI revolution that the early 2000s created…but this was just lazy.  The places where they could have used practical effects and costumes looked horrible and like an afterthought…which was even more apparent when paired up against other pieced of CGI that were actually decent.  The backgrounds and cityscapes of Oa felt incomplete.  The lighting pairs for the in-person lighting and the CGI lighting were sloppy.  And that suit and mask were HORRID.  An actual costume would have been infinitely better.

While the moments between Reynolds and Lively are the only small and redeeming moments in the film they are often ruined by rushing them causing an overall discordant feeling in the movie especially when it bounces so rapidly between the Green Lantern Corps and what is happening on Earth.

In fact, this movie is everything that Guardians of the Galaxy would have been had Disney and the MARVEL Cinematic Universe decided to not just jump in headfirst with characters that were not in the original comic line and a killer soundtrack.

Honestly…if I keep talking about this I’m just going to get irritated all over again.

0/10 would not recommend.


Rating: 1 out of 5.

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