The Score: Green Lantern

Friday, Jun 17, 2011 10:52AM

Written by Jesse Prince

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  • Green Lantern
  • Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively
  • June 17, 2011
Metromix Denver 2.5/5
Rotten Tomatoes 4.6/10
NY Daily News 2/5

The summer comic book movie adaptations continue to take over the Summer 2011 as Green Lantern soars into movie theaters this weekend

Green Lantern focuses on a group of intergalactic warriors who maintain peace in the universe. They enlist their first human member and he is put to work immediately as they fight off an enemy trying to throw off the universes balance.

The universe, as far as one can tell, is divided into squillions of "sectors" that are looked after by the Green Lantern Corps, a band of creatures who wear rings that allow them to do almost anything they like so long as they are free of fear. They're now faced with an enemy named Parallax, a vast pullulating, ash-black blob creature best described as a thingie, that's so powerful they're forced to turn to a human for help. (The Telegraph)

Green Lantern, after many years of being in print, finally gets to join the ranks of other DC Comics such as Batman and Superman.

One of the few iconic comic book properties untapped by Hollywood, Green Lantern debuted in 1940 but hasn't hit movie screens until now. That's no doubt due to the amount of outer space action and legions of alien life forms any proper adaptation requires-nothing modern day special effects technology and Hollywood's current superhero frenzy can't overcome. Tasked with bringing Hal Jordan to the screen is director Martin Campbell, whose action-heavy credentials span the intensity of Casino Royale to the lighter touch of The Mask of Zorro. He's also been behind bombs like Beyond Borders and the Zorro sequel. (Metromix Denver)

Ryan Reynolds, upon taking the role as Hal Jordan, initially had much to learn about the Green Lantern corps.

"Admittedly, I didn't know that much about Green Lantern or the universe he lives in," Reynolds says. "I knew that it was a guy who was bestowed a ring by a dying alien and becomes a superhero. But once I got the role, I went in search of all the material. I wanted to distill the essence of what the fanboys love about this guy and see if we can get that on screen." (Toronto Sun)

In addition to Reynolds, the movie also has cast members whose likenesses are inspired by an actual world leader.

The little weird creatures in the movie with the puckered heads certainly look as if they could use some hydration. Called the Guardians of the Universe, these are basically Yoda multiplied, wizened immortals who live on the planet Oa and were originally drawn to look like, no kidding, the first Israeli prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. In the movie, presumably select members perch on individual power towers and wear long robes that drape from their bodies like portable red carpets, regulation alien bobble heads who are part Mr. Burns, part Metamucil candidate. They dispense orders and gnomic wisdom to the Green Lantern Corps, an interplanetary transspecies force that patrols the universe like beat cops and soon includes the earthling Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), a test pilot. (New York Times)

Despite the hype over the Lantern film's long-awaited release, most reviewers aren't sure why it received the green light.

But "magical" would be the last word you'd use to describe the look of the film, which is available in 2-D and (naturally) 3-D. As usual, the third dimension is needless and merely makes the trippy, sci-fi environs look murky; you never get the sensation that you could reach out and touch Reynolds' abs, which are on display early and often. All the CGI at director Martin Campbell's disposal can't give this movie life, which just goes to show how crucial strong writing is. Campbell's filmography is hit-and-miss, but he's made one of the best James Bond movies in a while, Casino Royale, the captivating debut of Daniel Craig in the iconic role. (ABC News)

In addition, the screenplay is filled with too much exposition, and the over-written story - while faithful to its source material - takes all the fun out of the movie. It's also derivative of a host of other properties - like "Top Gun" and the "Star Wars" prequels - especially when it comes to the backstories involving Hal Jordan and the Guardians of the Universe that preside over the Green Lantern Corps. (Access Hollywood)

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