By: Bryan Montgomery
Rating: 5.5 out of 10
The last 10 years have been the resurgence of the superhero film. There had to eventually be a runt of the litter. Although a high amount of films came out that disappointed the public such as Ghost Rider, Daredevil and Elektra, none of those films were released during the summer season, and as a result carried a high amount of buzz. Green Lantern was DC’s one shot to bring a memorable character to the screen that wasn’t Superman or Batman, but unfortunately a poor story and overall poor effort by all involved make the film mediocre at best.
Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is a test pilot for the U.S. Air Force. After an encounter with Abin Sur, a member of the Green Lantern Corps who was injured in battle, Jordan is given the Lantern’s ring of power.
Ryan Reynolds is the high point of this film. Yes, you read that right. He manages to embody the character of Jordan better than pretty much anyone anticipated him to. It’s a little hard to believe that Van Wilder can put on his big-boy pants and develop some character. Some of the other actors in the film, however, don’t fare so well. Blake Lively plays Carol Ferris, Jordan’s love interest, and the interactions between them are forced at best. Mark Strong plays Sinestro, the leader of the Green Lantern corps and Jordan’s mentor. His character is well used through Jordan’s training, however once the core plot and conflict starts to unravel, so does his character.
However, two characters in this movie are front runners for Razzies, the anti-Oscar awards given out every year. Peter Sarsgaard plays Hector Hammond, a love interest of Ferris who eventually becomes an alien-tech powered villain. The only problem is that his character, simply stated, sucks. There was not a scene in the film in which I actually detested every scene that he was in. His incompetence is only equal to the actor who plays his father, Tim Robbins. An Andy Dusfresne he is not in this film. His character is simply wasted and there to fill space and get another person who audiences can recognize and spark some publicity.
Director Martin Campbell did a great job with Casino Royale in 2006. That only makes Green Lantern all the more disappointing by how lack-luster the story is. The film is cookie-cut, bland and unoriginal, which in a summer that four big superhero films needs to stray away from. Even the visual effects lack the impact of a summer blockbuster. I know that it is a moot point to describe a science-fiction film this way, but everything simply looks completely bogus. At least other films make an effort to make special effects look realistic just so they can suspend belief. Green Lantern does not do that.
But the negativity does not stop just at the acting, plot or special effects. Everything in the film simply seems half-assed. The amount of cheese in this film is almost too much to handle. The action is entertaining, but it is far too brief and not nearly good enough to shake the wasted time already experienced.
I think that the best term to describe Green Lantern is “disappointment.” This film could have been great, possibly re-launching interest in DC Comic adaptations; however, bad characters, bad visuals, bad action and a bad script damn this film to an eternity of being the milestone for a bad comic book film. That is not a good thing to have. If you want to watch Green Lantern, stick with a rental, do not pay full price for a very underwhelming and disappointing summer film.