"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)