Would you watch it: A Found-Footage Fantastic Four film

This team. These costumes. Don't change a thing.

I know, I know, some of you guys aren't too keen about found-footage films, but please just hear me out. Chronicle was such a great film, and I really think those guys are on to something. Frankly, I'm not the only one, because they want either the writer or the director (can't remember which,atm) to work on a Fantastic Four movie for Fox. So I was thinking, if we're gonna get the dude from Chronicle, we might as well keep it in the same vain, because let's face it, he's really REALLY good at it. So anyway, on to the idea.

So we've already seen the FF have their shot at a film (two, in fact) and they were both lackluster to be the least. ...OK, they sucked. I can't be nice about what they've done to Doom, Galactus, and the Silver Surfer. It was kind of unbearable. That being said, the general audience already has some knowledge about the FF. This movie in particular, will take place maybe 15 years after the FF were bombarded with cosmic rays. Now you're probably thinking: "BUT GAMBIT! HOW WILL THE AUDIENCE KNOW ABOUT THE SPACE AND THE SHIP AND THE RADIATION AND THE MYEHHHHHHH???!?!?!" Relax. I'm getting to that. :)

If you've never read this story PLEASE DO!!!

Ok, so the FF has been a superhero team for about 15 years, and they're the rock stars of the superhero game. Since Fox already has the rights to some Marvel properties, they can easily mention the X-Men or Daredevil without actually showing them onscreen. This movie will take place behind the scenes of the FF. You have your main team: Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny, but being 15 years into the game, Franklin and Valeria can also be included. In fact, I was thinking that Franklin will be holding the camera. For a school project, Franklin (12) has to document his family. He takes the camera behind the scenes (well, about as far as Reed and Sue would allow it) of the Baxter Building, interviewing the team. How they got their powers, who are their favorite villains to fight, how many times have you saved the world, etc. With these answers, you'll get to see video flashbacks of the FF doing all sorts of things: Fighting the Mole Man, Diablo, the coming of Galatus, etc. You'll even see Johnny pranking Ben for the comedy.

Franklin's gonna be older for the film, but Val will still be a toddler.

For the actual conflict/villain, I was thinking that this film borrows elements from Waid's "Unthinkable" story. In this particular FF arc, Doom decides to hit the FF where it hurts: attack the kids. To attack Franklin, Doom literally sent him to Hell. Being the film's main focus, to get out of this predicament, that's where Franklin's powers will manifest, allowing him to escape. He'll end up in Doom's castle in Latveria, witnessing his family getting tortured. Little by little, he frees them, and at the end of the movie, Doom's defeated by the FF (in the actual story, Reed sent him to Hell, lol). Later on, Franklin shows his family the documentary, and the FF unanimously agree that Franklin can't take that to school. Reed helps him edit it, but is very concerned about the powers Franklin manifested.

Aaaaaaaand credits.

Do Doom right! His main shtick will be the magic and the power suit.

Now that you've heard the whole idea, what do you think about the premise? You've got your origin, it's definitely great for everyone (action, comedy, etc.), and it introduces characters we've never seen onscreen before. Eh?

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Rajun Reviews: The Lorax

Here's another video review of me reviewing The Lorax. Unfortunately the computer I'm at doesn't support the text editor, so I can only post the video link. Please click it and press the subscribe button while you're at it. I have a bunch of new stuff coming on the way, so... yeah. Hope you enjoy! :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y00yo1eQQp4 Note: This segment used to be called Gambit Goes to the Movies. Sorry if there's any confusion.

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Gambit Goes to the Movies: The Devil Inside

Kankersores suck, don't they?

I’m a huge fan of “found footage” movies. Call it bad taste, call it a guilty pleasure, or whatever you want, but I just love these movies. To me, I think it adds a whole new level of fear to horror films. The reason I think the Paranormal Activity films work is because the style makes it feel like “OMG THIS SH*T CAN ACTUALLY HAPPEN!” Call me crazy, but yeah, that’s what it is. When I saw the trailer for “The Devil Inside”, I was kind of excited. Not only is it a found footage movie, but it’s also about Demonic Possession; a subject that I particularly am uncomfortable with because it’s so horrifying. I was expecting this movie to be enjoyable. I really was. I walked out wanting to hit something. I hated this movie, and I’m going to tell you why it’s so terrible.

Basically, the movie is about a girl who wants to give her mother an exorcism because she’s convinced that she’s being possessed by a demon. I’ll admit, the film starts off well. A creepy phone call is made by the mother and she admits that she’s murdered some people. Right off the bat, we’re interested. We wanna know more.

I whip my hair back and forth.

Then, it slows to a stop. The pacing literally stops. We go through a half hour of boring character introductions, and you can literally care less about every single one of them. One of the reasons I love Paranormal Activity is because you’re actually invested in the characters. Here, you don’t get that. Here, if a character were to die, you’d feel nothing for them. In fact, you’d probably want them to die because for the $10 you spent to get in, they’re totally wasting your time with their stupidity and terrible acting. Stuttering doesn’t make you sound afraid, it makes you sound stupid. Stoppit.

After the half hour of nothing, we’re taken to our first (and pretty much our only) exorcism. The subject is creepy, the effects are good enough (her bones crack and it’s pretty gross), and the demon makes a penis joke. It’s a classic exorcism scene. Once it’s over, we visit the mother from the beginning of the film and see what’s up with her. If anyone’s worth watching, it’s her. Out of all the bad performances in the movie, at least it looks like she’s trying. After some pretty bad special effects and eerie dialogue, things get kind of interesting. I’m not going to ruin it for anyone who still wants to see it, but this is where the pacing starts to pick up again.

I'm sorry that you have to be in this movie. Really, I am.

Then comes the ending. The pacing’s picked up, we start to feel concern for the characters, they look like their screwed, and then! …it ends. I’m trying so hard not to spoil it, but that’s exactly how it plays. If it wasn’t the half hour of nothing, the bad acting, or even the iffy special effects, things I can actually forgive, that ending absolutely killed this movie. You know how angry people were when the Soprano’s ended in mid sentence? This was exactly that, except the Soprano’s was actually good.

We're on the same page.

So, in closing, this movie sucked. The pacing was frustrating, the acting was almost unbearable, some of the effects looked dumb, it wasn’t scary, and that ending was quite possibly one of the worst endings I’ve ever had to watch. Never have I been in a theater where the entire audience was in total agreement about how bad a movie was. Someone actually stood up and said “THAT’S IT?!” and people actually applauded him (myself included). It’s one of those movies where, the more you think about it, the more you hate it, and for that reason, I give this movie a 1/10. I hated this movie, and I’m certainly not alone. Please, save your money and spend it on something that doesn’t waste your time.

So did you see the movie? What did you think of it? How is my review? Do you want me to do more? Are you still reading? Do you think I’m cool? Can we be bff’s? Please, give me feedback!

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Gambit Goes to the Movies: The Adventures of Tintin

Great snakes! “- The Adventures of Tintin
The Adventures of AWESOME!

I’ll admit it. When I first heard the name “Tintin”, my mind automatically went to the dog with the almost exact same name. After going to google, as I usually do when I don’t know what something is, I learned that Tintin is a comic strip character. Another comic book movie? Let me in. I've got a movie to see.

The Adventures of Tintin! This is a film directed by Speilberg and produced by Peter Jackson. When you’ve got a combination like that, plus the inclusion of people like Edgar Wright, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, and Simon Pegg, you’re pretty much guaranteed an excellent movie. Did it do its job? Well, if you were aiming for a heart-pounding, full-blown adventure movie that rivals (if not surpasses) Indiana Jones or the Uncharted games, than dammit, I think you’ve achieved your goal. The Adventures of Tintin was incredible.

I didn't say it in the review, but even the opening credits are fantastic!

The movie is about a redheaded reporter named Tintin, who in the first ten minutes of the film must solve a mystery about a sunken ship called “The Unicorn” before the villainous Rackham (who bears an uncanny resemblance to Speilberg). With him, is his dog Snowy and Captain Haddock, a somewhat loveable drunk who’s pretty much the cause of Tintin’s troubles throughout the course of the film. That’s one of the best things about this movie: You care about everyone. You got Tintin, the level-headed leader, Snowy, the dog who sometimes does a better job of solving a mystery better than his master, Haddock, the dude who’s always getting into trouble, and Rackham, who’s just a complete douche bag. You want to follow each and every one of these awesome characters because they’re all so unique and awesome in their own right.

Speilberg, is that you?

I’ll say it here and now, I’m a huge fan of this “uncanny valley” concept of animation. Seriously, all the characters and things in this movie look all too real. That just makes the film even more enjoyable to follow. With Andy Serkis, you know that chimp from Rise of the Apes last year? Golum? Yeah, he did a phenomenal performance as Haddock. His stuff is always incredible, and this movie is no exception. I will say, however that the 3D probably wasn’t needed, but it wasn’t distracting either. Pay the extra cash at your own risk.

Don't you just wanna solve a mystery with him?? ^_^

What didn’t work for me was the pacing. The first half of the movie paced incredibly fast. Then, from the middle to about ¾’s of the way through, the pacing almost comes to a screeching halt. This part wasn’t particularly interesting, as nothing much is going on, and everyone in the theater was just itching to get back in for more action. Needless to say, we got it by the end of the movie, but there was no need for that stop in the middle.

As much as that speed bump in the pacing hurt it a little, The Adventures of Tintin was fantastic. The characters were extraordinary, the animation was breathtaking, and the performances were spectacular. With an ending like that, there just has to be room for a sequel or a whole line of films from this comic strip character. If Spielberg, Jackson, Serkis, and everyone else who was involved with this movie were to return for another film, not seeing it wouldn’t even be an option. I loved this film, and I’ll give it a 9 out of 10. Go see this movie immediately.

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My Muppet Review!

“Statler: I always dreamed we'd be back here.

Waldorf: Dreams? Those were nightmares! “

- The Muppets

Can they be brought back?

With the New Year, I have a new resolution: To watch at least 52 films in theaters and review them all. With all the great movies I missed last year, I thought I’d get it started ASAP with a movie I’ve been dying to see since they sang Bohemian Rhapsody on youtube. I’m of course talking about Disney’s The Muppets! Now let’s get this started.

The Muppets! I’ll admit, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an entire episode of their original show, and I’ve only seen a handful of their movies, but after watching this film, I feel like I need to go back and watch them all. The movie stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and the entire Muppet ensamble. The star that truly steals the show is the newly introduced Muppet, Walter. He's Segel’s brother, and that's never really explained how or why. The plot is simple: A rich businessman bought the old Muppet Theater with the hopes to knock it down, so it’s up to Walter to stop him by bringing back the entire Muppet gang to do a comeback show. With a plot like this, it gives newer audiences a chance to meet the Muppets, while the older moviegoers can sit back and enjoy the nostalgia. I think the film does an excellent job in that regard.

That one Muppet in the back left? He'd scare the sh*t out of you in person.

As a diehard Muppet fan himself, Jason Segel co-wrote the script. Going into the movie, I had no idea that this was gonna be a musical. I should have known better. It was fantastic. The songs were awesome. Another great thing about the writing was that this movie played on the fact that, yes, the cast knows they’re in a movie, and, yes, nobody knows who the Muppets even are anymore. I thought that it was very unique and really funny… for the first couple of jokes. You know that friend of yours that always reminds you how funny that one part of that movie was, and then when you go watch it again, it's not funny anymore because that guy ruined it for you? That’s kind of what it was like. Don’t get me wrong, it was great to see Fozzy break the fourth wall a few times, but those jokes get real old, real fast. They kind of even addressed that in the film itself. It was weird.

DRUM! DRUM!!!!

My favorite Muppets have always been Beaker, Swedish Chef, and Animal. With the first two, they get about as much screen time as Jay and Silent Bob did in the first Clerks movie. You love ‘em, but you just wanna see more of them. Animal, however, totally knocked it out of the park. They gave him his own little storyline in the movie, and it was epic. Gonzo, Fozzy, and Ms. Piggy also had their own little side stories, but Animal’s is the one you’re really interested in.

"In... Control...." -Animal

This movie also had a huge cast of guest stars. You had the obvious ones like Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, and Neil Patrick Harris, but you also had the surprise ones like Whoopie Goldberg, and John Krazinski (Jim from The Office), Zach Galifinakis, and Mickey Rooney (he’s still alive?). The whole cast, guest stars included, seemed to have a lot of fun working on the film, and I think that kind of chemistry is important when you’re working on anything, especially a movie like this.

Poor guy must've just saw Cars...

I really enjoyed this movie, but now I gotta vent on something that’s gonna cost this movie a whole point off their final score. I get Disney. I know they’re a huge corperation and I know they like to market their cute, little, franchises and such, but this is where they drew a line. Towards the end of the movie, there’s a gigantic crowd in the streets of Hollywood. As the camera zooms out and pans over the crowds and buildings below, right in the middle of the screen is a billboard. The billboard was an advertisement for Cars 2. Cars... 2... The worst Pixar film ever made. Disney’s desperate. They screwed up. We get it. But in the middle of what was supposed to be a heartwarming scene, Cars 2 is the absolute LAST thing I want to be thinking about. They weren’t even being suddle with it either. It was in the middle of the damn screen, and it was zoomed in close enough for me to see the poster for that horrible abortion to a good line of films. I understand it’s not Segel's or Kermit’s fault, but that’s something that irritated me, and I’m not gonna be nice about it. Cars sucked, and its sequel sucked even harder. That's another review for another time. I'm done.

Statler and Waldorf: The original Trolls.

Anyway, this movie was great. The music was catchy, and the dancing scenes were fun. The jokes were great until they got repetitive. Segel did a great job starring and co-writing, and the Muppets are officially back on their feet, strings, sticks, or whatever they use to stand up on. Hopefully this movie means that we’ll be getting a revival of the Muppet Show, but until then, I’ll totally be getting this movie on Blu-Ray when it’s available. It was fun, and I give it a solid 8 out of 10. It wasn't exactly Avatar by any stretch of the imagination, but it was fun for everyone. If you don't like the Muppets, at least see it for the awesome Toy Story short before the beginning of the film. That's worth the ticket price alone.

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My Thoughts on a Justice League Film

You'd watch this movie. Don't lie to yourself.

For the past decade or so, the superhero film has become a genre of its own. From movies like Iron Man, Spider-Man, and X-Men: First Class to Watchmen, The Dark Knight, and the extremely forgettable Jonah Hex, these films had high ups and extremely low downs. Marvel even has it's own movie studios! That's pretty amazing, and together with Disney, they're going to bring The Avengers, a superhero team I've grown to love over my years of geekdom, to the big screen. I think it's a great time to be a comic nerd, don't you? With WB doing things for DC's part, we've enjoyed awesome movies like Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and Watchmen (and I'll totally not talk about the less than average Green Lantern). Lately, however, with the Avengers becoming a reality, fans like myself wonder what would happen if they did a Justice League film.

WB/DC aren't Marvel Studios. That being said, I sincerely doubt that they'd do the smart thing by introducing each member in their own films, only to have them meet in an eventual Justice League movie. With Nolan's Batman trilogy, and Snyder's soon-to-be Superman franchise on it's way, I also doubt that they would include the World's Finest in their JLA film. I feel that that'd be smart because, like it or not, this is a team film. With the general audience today, you know they're only gonna wanna see Superman/Batman kick all sorts of ass. This would cause pain to all the other great characters on the team (Flash, WW, etc.) in terms of screen time. So I'd rather Batman and Superman not be in a movie like this.

These characters are iconic!

So here are my personal, somewhat cliche, choices for an imaginary, live-action, 5 person Justice League movie.

- Wonder Woman- Face it. Women are barely represented in the superhero genre thus far, and the only movie heroines are almost knock-offs of existing characters (i.e. Laura Croft = Indiana Jones). She's more than suitable to lead a team and DC needs to emphasize their feminist voice without the aid of their golden character, Batman (with characters like Catwoman and possibly Talia Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises).

- The Flash- This character gets little to no exposure when it comes to your modern-day TV/films. It doesn't exactly matter which Scarlet Speedster they choose for the film, but as a fan of the Silver Age, I'd like for it to be Barry Allen (even though Wally's my favorite). The possible brains of the group (as Barry is a talented scientist), he can also provide comic relief. He'll play nicely with everyone, but perhaps butt heads if the situation calls for it.

- Green Lantern- True, while his solo film failed miserably, it's not the character's fault. Hal Jordan could translate extremely well to the big screen with the proper talent and script. Of course I choose Hal Jordan to wear the emerald ring for this film because a) I like the Silver Age, and b) he's always bonded very well to Barry Allen. I also feel that, since this is Hal we're talking about, he'll constantly question/butt heads with his teammates. This will make Hal extremely unpredictable, and fun to watch in a team setting.

- Martian Manhunter- Since this is Hollywood we're talking about, we'll need some race diversity on our team. What better way to represent any race than an alien? He's different than all the other heroes, but quite possibly, the strongest member of this team. His morals are fantastic and he's an extremely interesting character. Furthermore, the team needs someone that's level headed to balance the questioning/harassment from Hal Jordan. He could also be the reason the team forms in the first place, i.e. Bruce Timm's Justice League.

Stick to the classics.

-Aquaman- Like the Flash and Martian Manhunter, Aquaman is barely utilized in the public eye, and this would be a perfect time to show what he can do on the big screen. This could either be the Aquaman that's currently being written by Geoff Johns or the King Arthur-type Aquaman written by Grant Morrison in his JLA run. Commander of 2/3's of the Earth itself, Aquaman is an absolute muscle to the team. He's loyal, skilled in battle, and could be this team's "Thor" as he's not used to the surface world and how it works. He could even have a relationship with Wonder Woman. I think they'd be beautiful for each other.

Together, I think this select group of characters can make for an outstanding Justice League film, providing that DC/WB doesn't do things the "Marvel Studios way".

How the team could come together could be a variety of things: White Martians attack the city, a freak war between the Amazons and Atlantians, the threat from an unbeatable villain, etc. This movie would have to be at least two hours (possibly even moreso) to get every little thing stretched across. Once this movie is done, who knows? Maybe the members would get their own spin-off movies. A Barry Allen movie that introduces Wally West as Kid Flash? A Hal Jordan movie that introduces the other GL's like Kyle, Guy, and John? How about a Teen Titans movie for a spin-off? Sign me up for that!

Another alternative (possibly more expensive depending who they cast) would be a JLA movie (complete with Superman and Batman) shot in the "Uncanny Valley Style". "Uncanny Valley" is the same type of animation used in films like Beowulf, The Polar Express, and A Christmas Carol. The trailer for DC Universe Online used this style, and I thought it a) looked beautiful and b) did all the characters justice in terms of design. But hey, if you like live-action better, who am I to judge? I think that looked badass:

So, to end this really long blog that probably won't be read but I really hope you do read sorry for the run-on sentence. This is what I think about a JLA movie and how it should/could be handled.

Thanks for listnin' :D

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My Day at New York Comic Con

Hey, all my awesome friends on comic vine! I just spent all day at NYCC and I'd like to tell you all how it went and all the cool stuff I saw :)

-Lets see. We get there somewhat early. Earlier than the doors open, anyway. Saw a LOT of cosplayers. I kind of felt left out cause my friends and I didn't do it. Next year.

-After an hour of standing in line, we're finally in the buiding! Hooray! First stop? GL: The Animated Series premier. I'm wearing my GL T-shirt :D

-GL's animated series was awesome. I'll admit I wasn't on board with the 3D treatment, but it really worked here. Kilowag was amazing. Hal had personality. It was fantastic. After the screening, Bruce Timm came out and did a Q&A. He's a charming dude :)

- For the next few hours, we browsed through all the booths. I got New Avengers #1, Avengers (1998) #1, and Fantastic Four: 3, all for $6! What a great bargain. And the trades were buy one get two free! I'll take advantage of it next time.

-Artist Alley was incredible. I met Greg Horn and he signed two pictures for me! Framing those bad boys this week. I was literally shaking I was so excited. He's one of my absolute favorites. I also bought an Alex Ross sketchbook that he signed at the SDCC. He wasn't at NYCC. Bummer. At least the sketchbook is beautiful. :)

- Next was the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom panel. They announced all kinds of things like alternate costumes, new characters, game modes, and all that other cool stuff. I'm not a gamer, but it was still pretty sweet. I dipped out early so I could get in line for...

-Marvel Television! I knew Marvel was doing some good things in this department, but jeeze, this stuff looked awesome. Jeph Loeb was the speaker and he was talking about how Marvel's doing aka Jessica Jones (with Carol Danvers and Luke Cage), The Hulk, Cloak and Dagger, and Mockingbird (one that I'm STILL not convinced with). Then he took us into the animation dept where the motion comics are getting some love. Whedon's and Cassidy's Astonishing X-Men run will be finished! And then came Ultimate Spider-Man. Hoooooolllllyyyyyy shhhhhhhhhh**********tttttttt! If you liked Spectacular Spider-Man, you ain't seen nothing yet. The animation is phenomenal (it's from the dudes from Ben 10). What made it work so well for me was the voice actors. Drake Bell pulls off Spider-Man so well. Freaking J. Jonah Jameson is J.K. Simmons. AHHHHHHH!!!!! And Agent Colson is gonna be in the show. As a SHIELD agent AND as Peter's principal. Neat! We watch some footage from the show and it looks incredible. Norman Osborn, Dr. Doom and Venom were the notable villains I recognized. Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and Captain America will all make guest appearances as well. Note* I don't think this is the same universe as Avengers: EMH. Agent Colson himself even made a surprise appearance! He was really happy to be there and the crowd was REALLY happy to see him. Speaking of Avengers: EMH... WE SAW THE SEASON 2 PREMIER!!!!! Oh my God was it awesome. The FF make a guest appearence (and it's significantly important, too!) I don't wanna spoil it, but Hulk+Thing=Extreme Comedy, and a certain doctor is plotting and scheming something big. Oh, and not everyone is who they say they are!

-Unfortunately, this is where the fantasy good times end. The IGN theater is booked, and we can't see the Sony, Walking Dead or the Avengers panels. All because the stupid line was so stupidly wrong. It was stupid. ...I wanted to see Avengers footage so bad :(

Ah well, it'll probably leak on youtube anyways. So that was my day! It was awesome and I can't wait to go again. Now that I know the ropes, I'll be better prepared for next time. If you have any questions about the footage I saw, feel free to ask! :D

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My thoughts on Green Lantern

"In brightest day, in blackest night,

No evil shall escape my sight.

Let those who worship evil's might,

Beware my power. Green Lantern's light."

 

-Green Lantern Oath

 

 
When I was ten years old, and I saw Spider-Man for the first time, I fell in love with superheroes and their films. I read the comics, joined the message boards, and did all the research, and Green Lantern is among my favorite DC comic book characters. Of all the things I wanted to see/hear on the big screen, the Green Lantern Oath was on the top of my list. I couldn't be any happier to see that's what WB's Green Lantern film got right. This is my review of Green Lantern. Keep in mind, I'm a comic book nerd, so I might come off as nit-picky, so bare with me.

 

Ok, the movie was... not bad. I'll plain out say it wasn't the best superhero film, but it certainly wasn't the worst. 

 

Hal Jordan is a pilot who, after making an ass out of himself, crashes a fighter jet in the middle of the desert. To his suprise, a green flash of light guides him to a dying purple alien named Abin Sur. Abin explains to Hal that the ring has chosen him to become a Green Lantern and that it's a big responsibility and he's gotta fight space crime wth it. Ok, sounds weird, right? Stay with me folks, it just gets stranger. Now the rings work like this: If you can think of something, and your will power's strong enough, it can construct whatever you think of as a solid green energy. There's a big threat called Paralax coming, and, for some reason, Hal has been chosen to do something about it. 

 

Visually, the movie was beautiful. The aliens, planets, and the famous Green Lantern constructs were spectacular. The aliens looked very real and you actually cared about some of them. My only regret about them was that we didn't see as much of them as we should have. Two of them really stuck out to me though: Tomar-Re and Kilowog. Tomar-Re is the bird-fish-lizard-man looking dude, and Kilowog (voiced by Michael Clarke Duncan) is the big, rhino-looking one. As far as the comics go, these two were very close to what they were supposed to be. That's the good. The bad? There's a dude named Sinestro who is supposed to be Hal's mentor, and he was barely in it. Like, at all. You'd think a character like that should play a big part in a movie, especially since Sinestro is supposed to be a really bad guy later on in the comics... Sorry, nerd rage... Bottom line, it looked great. Hell, even the costumes (which were entirely CGI) looked fine (although, there's a scene that makes it look like Ryan Reynolds's head looks like it's floating, I dare you to find it.) So if I were to rate the visuals? I give it a steady 8.5 out of 10.

 

The acting was pretty good. Some did their job better than others, but it was solid. Ryan Reynolds was our main man, Hal Jordan. Now I don't wanna alarm anyone, but Ryan Reynolds is playing... a sarcastic douche. Gasp! Steve, say it's not so! Reynolds is playing a sarcastic douche?! Yes. Reynolds is playing a sarcastic douche. Again. Just like in Waiting, and just like in Van Wilder. Reynolds constantly plays the same part in every single movie he's in. Now, in the comics, Hal has always been a little bland as far as his personality goes, so I'll let that one slide. The love interest, Blake something? She was good. She did a good job. You actually cared about her... and she's kind of hot, so that helps. Other than Paralax, there's another villain named Hector Hammond. The dude who played him was great. He did a superb job at playing some crazy whacko with a really big head. Thing is, the guy screams like a girl, so every time something happened to him, I couldn't help but laugh to myself. The acting earns a 6.5.

 

The Green Lantern comics are  one of the hardest to get into because it's just hard to understand. Aliens, power rings, space cops, Paralax, etc. Just too many things to try to wrap your head around. It's not easy to teach an audience all these things in two hours, so I feel for WB. It's a difficult thing to do. Thing is, they didn't have to explain all this in one movie. It would've been perfectly ok to have the whole story take place on Oa (that's the planet where all the GL stuff is). I felt like everything was either rushed or just not explained enough. For example, one of the things that made Hal Jordan interesting in the comics was that he saw his dad die right in front of him, making him somewhat traumatised. We got a taste of that in the movie, but that was only like two minutes of it.. It was a big deal! And another thing, his constructs were so dull. Yes, the giant fists and the shields were used in the books, but lets at least try to be a little creative there, Hollywood. The Green Lantern Corps was also poorly done. See, the GLC are the elite GL's who fight the big threats. Were they in the movie? Barely. The members were there, but not once did they actuallyfight anything. Ugh, as a comic book fan, I was very disappointed. 4 out of 10 for sticking to the source material.

 

The overall plot was decent. You have a hero, a love interest, the bad guy (or in this case, guys), and you learn a valuable lesson in the end. Like I said, a lot of things were rushed, but if you payed enough attention, you'd understand what's going on. The way GL beat the bad guy was sort of anti-climactic. Just like the Iron Man films, the fight was only a few minutes long. You'd think WB would learn something from that... What made that scene even worse was that some of the other GL's witnessed it, and did NOTHING to aid Hal. Dumb. But all movies have flaws, so screw it. As far as the plot goes, I'll give it a 6.5 for being rushed.

 

Now if you've read this far, congrats. Really, the fact that you've read all this nerd rage is commendable. Now I'll talk about my verdict.

 

It wasn't bad. Sure, movies have flaws and this one was no exception, but it was alright. This movie's goals were to make money, build a franchise, and entertain. We all know this one made money, so there's a check. It certainly planted some seeds for future installments (btw, there's a scene in the middle of the credits, SO DON'T LEAVE) and I understand they've begun writing the sequel, so there's a check. And honestly? It was entertaining. I don't feel like I wasted $10 after watching it. If you've got nothing to do and have the cash, I'd recommend a watch. So check. Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it a solid 7. It had some holes, but it was a fun ride nevertheless. I'll be looking forward to a sequel.

 

 

PS. Don't let the people at Rotten Tomatoes determine whether you'll watch a movie or not. They don't know your taste. Watch a movie yourself, then you decide how it is.

 
(Keep in mind that when I wrote it, I was writing to non-comic fans)
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