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October 23rd, 2014

Green Lantern Movie Review

Green Lantern Movie ReviewIf there is one thing I love about Green Lantern it’s the Oath, “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!” The question is has DC Comics and Warner Brothers hit movie gold with the new Green Lantern movie which stars Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern and Blake Lively? Or have we got another ‘Spirit’ on our hands? Having just seen it I can assure you that Green Lantern is not genius and it is not magical but it is a few steps up from a stinker.

The premise to start;  “Green Lantern” stars Ryan Reynolds in the title role of Hal Jordon aka The Green Lantern under the direction of Martin Campell, in a film based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, an elite, powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps.

Each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him the ability to create anything his mind can imagine. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

Ryan Reynolds is one of my favourite actors and I have followed his career over the years as he went from indie Canadian projects to full blown Hollywood blockbusters. Ryan Reynolds work in Blade Trinity was the only redeeming part of an otherwise atrocious movie and he also delivered a command performance as DeadPool in the Wolverine spin off. So needless to say I had expected that he would bring that same level of charisma, wit and bad ass attitude to Green Lantern but unfortunately as much as we might wish we don’t always get what we want.

Green Lantern is a splashy affair that is heavy on the CG and very light on any kind of context or serious emotion or deep subject matter. You won’t feel yourself connecting with Hal Jordon and if you are looking for any of Ryan’s trademark humour you will be sadly disappointed. The script is about as weak as a drink at the local old folks home and the characters are all unfortunately incredibly shallow and cliché. Blake Lively as talented as she is is stuck in a role and performance that can be summed up with the word irrelevant. The chemistry between the two on stage is forced and her role is so minor and unimportant they could have cast a waitress from the local burger joint and gotten as much from her as they did from Blake.

Green Lantern is a popcorn movie. A one shot action flick with  a man in green tights, epic battle sequences and lots of over the top effects. But it is also full of plot holes, loose ends is horribly cliché and unfortunately is also horribly anti-climatic. The movie although entertaining feels rushed and incomplete and in the last 8 minutes seems to be going 100 miles an hour to wrap up the movie but not actually accomplish anything.

Just because they roll credits doesn’t make the movie feel complete or reward the audience and the Green Lantern felt like there was a shortage of film and perhaps the world really was coming to an end so we better wrap this puppy up now.

Clearly Green Lantern is setup for a sequel but I left the theatre thinking it wasn’t  a complete waste of time but it wouldn’t part with my money for a sequel. Green Lantern lacks the depth and intensity of The Dark Knight and it lacks the complexity of great films like Kick Ass, 300, Batman and even the first Spider Man movie. The Green Lantern is a classic comic book movie that has been spun into a movie franchise that should have been better thought out and developed. The film is at best a 6 out of 10 and most of that is because it has a strong source material but due to mediocre direction and poor use of an incredibly talented cast the movie is ‘ok’ at best and far from the best.

See it if you are a huge Lantern fan but otherwise let this one escape your sight.

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29 Comments


  1. Johnnytheguy

    No one cares about the plot. I happen to be old enough to remember the comic book and nerdy enough to have collected some of them, guess what? I still don’t care about the plot or what you think of it. So why don’t you get on to what people are going to see the movie for, the CG. Things like are the effects realistic? (omitting the usual assumptions one makes when watching a Comic Book movie), are the action sequences original? interesting? Did they spend the money on the CG? or does like one small step up from a cartoon?

    Learn to focus on what people are going to a movie for. Let me guess; your next review is on the Telitubbies movie and how you’re disappointed in the lack of nudity.


  2. Jefftherealist

    Johnny boy, the man said, if you are a fan go see it, but for the majority of us, who have only a passing familiarity, with the Lantern lad, we should skip it. Take fandom out of it, which is what the reviewer has done, and the mediocrity of the flick, is what he had left to review.

    As for the Teletubies, it’s Tinky Winkys turn to wear the dress.


  3. GLaternsLight

    I enjoyed the film immensely. CG, plot, wit, & heart. I loved the human spirit and the truth behind fear & courage. Every one of my friends & family members loved it.. and we’re definitely looking forward to a “part 2″… I don’t know what film you were watching buddy, because Green Later had it all.


  4. Keelson

    I honestly don’t know why this film has been getting such bad reviews. I thoroughly enjoyed it – and yes, whilst it was clearly setup for a sequel, it still had enough good points to pull it through. If you’re looking for deep subject matter, how is the whole ‘overcoming fear’ motif here any weaker than Spiderman’s ‘with great power’ schtick? Without drowning the viewer in GL comic book lore, this film went as far as it could into a very complex world.


  5. Anonymous

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  6. Guest

    Yeah the bad reviews sucks and where I am located at it bombed right out of the theater in only 3 weeks running time. I know this cause I tried to go watch it for the first time 5 days ago and they told me that they stopped showing it cause it was a bad movie. See this is another reason why piracy happens cause a movie doesn’t last but 2 to 4 weeks in the theater and you still have to wait the exact time for it to come on DVD as if it were in the theater for 2 to 3 months. Or say the movie just doesn’t make it to theaters in the first place or its only in select cities where does that leave us that do not live in L.A. or NY.


  7. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  8. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  9. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  10. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  11. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  12. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  13. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  14. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  15. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  16. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  17. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  18. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  19. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  20. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  21. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  22. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  23. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  24. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  25. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  26. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html


  27. marosmenti

    I consider this movie to be an AVERAGE action film; HOWEVER, both the psychological and the philosophical aspects of the film are fantastic. That I why I wrote a review, analyzing this part of the film:

    http://marosmenti.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-lantern-movie-review.html



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