Review : Green Lantern (2011)

DC Comics fans, rejoice! Green Lantern is here to save the world. Well, I may not be the biggest fan of DC Comics but I’m sure was looking forward to watch Green Lantern (2011) the movie. Now that it’s here, I can wait to share my experience with all the Green Lantern fans out there.

For you movie buffs who have no clue about who Green Lantern is, well let me share a little on what I know about these Green Superheroes (Yes, it’s plural).

The Green Lantern is the shared primary alias of several fictional characters, superheroes appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. The first Green Lantern (Alan Scott) was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Martin Nodell in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940).

Each Green Lantern possesses a power ring and power lantern that gives the user great control over the physical world as long as the wielder has sufficient willpower and strength to wield it.

Along the years, came many versions of Green Lantern characters. Alan Scott (1940) is known as the Golden Age Green Lantern. Hal Jordan (1959) is the Silver Age Green Lantern. Guy Gardner (1968) and John Stewart (1972) are the Bronze Age Green Lantern while Kyle Rayner (1994) is the Modern Age Green Lantern.

Jade, also known affectionately as “Jennie” or “Jen”, is the daughter of Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern which also made an appearance as Green Lantern some time in 1983.

So now you know a little bit more about the Green Lantern characters, let’s talk more about the Green Lantern (2011) movie. Directed by Martin Campbell, he is the same director for The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro.

The Plot
A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.

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In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for millenniums. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors formed by the different races from entire universe sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. 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 for the Corps: Hal Jordan.

Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

The Casts
Starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, the same hunky guy that all girls fall in love with in The Proposal (with Sandra Bullock) back in 2009. Hal is a cocky and very talented test pilot for Ferris Aircrafts who eventually bestowed with the power ring of Will Power by Abin Sur, an extraterrestrial Green Lantern who got badly injured and crashed landed on earth.

Hal Jordan wingman and also his sweetheart, Carol Ferris is acted by Blake Lively. You may remember her as Serena van der Woodsen in the TV series, Gossip Girl.  Carol Ferris is also the daughter of Carl Ferris, owner of  Ferris Aircrafts, a leading aviation corporations in America. Alright guys, she’s really hot!

Peter Sarsgaard plays the accidental villain, Hector Hammond. Who is a professor that got infected by the yellow energy extraterrestrial bacteria.

Sinestro is played by Mark Strong. He is a leader in Green Lantern Corp in Planet Oa. He lead a troop of Green Lanterns to battle the Parallax, an evil force of that feeds on energy of fear. His troop was defeated and then he forced the Guardians to forge a new ring that will harness the power of fear, the yellow energy to fight fear with fear.

The Summary
However with all expectation, the movie was rather a let down. No doubt it was still a good movie but I feel the build up of the whole show is too draggy. The GFX is great. Green Lantern’s suit is awesome. Almost 80% of the show is generated from GFX.

Perhaps Martin Campbell is trying hard to patch together the pieces to tell the early story of Hal Jordan. But I guess he tried too hard. He should have just stick to directing Zorro.

As much as I like watching comic superheroes showing on the big screen, Green Lantern did not really live up to my expectation. Comparing to other superhero movies that made it to the big screen, Green Lantern will definitely need more Will Power to win the crowd’s heart.

I give the movie a rating of 3.5/5.0.

Oh yes, do stay back after the credit line for a snippet of what’s coming up next and yes, I love the Green Lantern’s 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!

I would like to thank Nuffnang for the invitation to the premier screening of Green Lantern.

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