“Green Lantern” is anything but super

Ryan Reynolds headlines the latest superhero movie that is anything but super in “Green Lantern”.

When an alien by the name of Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison) crash lands on Earth, test pilot Hal Jordan (Reynolds) is brought to the crash site where is given a ring that wields tremendous power to whoever wears it. From there, he is inducted into the Green Lanterns Corps (a police force in space comprised of 3,000 alien species) and trained by other Green Lanterns like Sinestro (Mark Strong) and Tomar-Re (voiced by Geoffrey Rush) on the planet Oa. Meanwhile, scientist Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) comes into contact with residue from destructive being Parallax that causes him to develop telekinetic powers, which he uses it for revenge.

Directed by Martin Campbell and written by four screenwriters, “Green Lantern” is not the worst comic book movie adaptation (those honors would go to “Jonah Hex”), but it is very disappointing and boring film despite the talent behind the film. The mood of the film is all over the place, where at times it is hard to distinguish the times we need to laugh and the times to take this movie seriously.

While Marvel Comics have a plethora of fascinating superheroes, DC Comics only have two great superheroes: Batman and Superhero. All other heroes in that universe pale in comparison to Batman and Superman including Green Lantern.  Why make a film about a guy who harnesses his power by the thought of good will? While the premise for the film sounds boring, the movie is even more boring. The action that occurs on the planet Oa is as boring as the action that occurs on Earth. The “origins” formula worked better in “Thor” then it did in “Green Lantern”. When the formula is used here, it is predictable and not original.

Ryan Reynolds does the best he can with what he is given as Hal. He brings his usual wise-cracking attitude to the film, including some amusing interactions with his fellow Green Lanterns. However, his attitude changes (along with the movie’s tone) when the time comes to save the world. Blake Lively is the non-CGI eye candy where she plays the standard love interest for the superhero. Under some heavy-duty makeup, Peter Sarsgaard does make much of an impression as the film’s villain. Tim Robbins and Angela Bassett are wasted in their roles as a senator and a scientist as they lend nothing to this film except their name.  

The CGI and action in the film is very mixed as the CGI does the best to its ability to bring Green Lantern’s power and the planet Oa to life. However, there are times where you can tell Reynolds is just acting in front of a green screen and talking to non-existent creatures.

The 3D works better in “Green Lantern” than it does in other live-action films recently, but there are only a couple of scenes that work in 3D. In other words, save your money.  

Even though it is not as bad as Ang Lee’s “Hulk” or the “Fantastic Four” films, “Green Lantern” is another disappointing summer movie that is more boring than it is entertaining even at a runtime under two hours.

“Green Lantern”: 2.5 stars out of 5

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