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Green Lantern - Emerald Energy is not the green Hollywood is hoping for.

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Green Lantern 2011Greg Berlanti,Michael GoldenbergMartin CampbellRyan Reynolds,Blake Lively,Peter Sarsgaard,Tim Robbins,Mark Strong Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Green Lantern(2011)
 

It would be best to start this review with explaining that what you see in the trailer is what you get in the film. Anyone expecting depth, a dark/serious treatment of Green Lantern or for this movie to be a “Dark Knight” should watch the trailer once more because a Christopher Nolan film this is not. No, this is a super hero movie with heavy sci-fi involved in the story.

The movie, like any popcorn movie, is flimsy in depth and heavy on special effects. When you consider that we are watching a movie about a guy who creates giant hack hammers, trampolines and racecars to save people and fight bad guys you need to realize there is only so serious you can tell the tale. While I’m not totally unaware of the backstory for Hal Jordan, beside a few comics I read two decades ago, I can assume that most elements are pretty close to the original tale.

We’ve seen a few iterations of his genesis in comic and animated form, so at the same time I can assume that the writers took some liberties. All in all, story (Greg Berlanti and Michael Goldenberg) entertains and tells the take it needed to tell. It is never too deep, except visually, never too sci-fi. Some may see the fact that it isn’t too much of one or the other a bad thing, but common sense dictates that Hollywood wanted to make a movie that most people can watch and played it safe. That last statement is the only reason I think a movie like this will make any money. And no, that wasn’t a justification, but a cold hard fact.

Ryan Reynolds and crew do a good job in playing the characters while being serious enough and charismatic enough. No, this isn’t Reynold’s dramatic masterpiece, but again, did you see the trailer? Mark Strong plays a good villain, even though he isn’t quite the villain in this picture. It’ll be interesting to see what else he does with his career.

Direction (Martin Campbell) and special effects is generally good enough to entertain while sometimes a bit too much. In the end, the film is hard to hate if you realized what you were getting into. The one suggestion would be to watch it as a rental. While it is a big sci-fi movie it might not totally be worth paying the hefty theater prices for. Also, who knows/who cares about 3D? This is a review for the 2D version.

On a side note, what is Hollywood’s fascination with giant space clouds coming to eat all life on this planet? It’s not a cool idea. It works better in this film than in the “Fantastic Four” sequel, but still.



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Credits:
Directed by: Martin Campbell
Written by: Greg Berlanti, Michael Goldenberg
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins, Mark Strong


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