Green Lantern (2011)
For centuries, a small but powerful force of warriors called the Green Lantern Corps has 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 the first human ever recruited.
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Highly Overrated But Still Good
As Good As It Gets
Exactly the movie you think it is, but not the movie you want it to be.
Aside from the really cool visual effects, Green Lantern is kind of a mess. It jams as many characters, plot points and background stories into the movie as it can, but it's still pretty boring. I found myself checking the clock multiple times while watching it. It's confusing, it's cliched and it's cheesy, but it still has some entertainment value.
The story is passable, after you get passed the Top Gun similarities at the beginning...The CGI is rather good, I thought, even if it felt understated at times. The acting, unfortunately, was average to poor, with some really useless dialog that belongs in a comic book, but not in a movie. I just did not feel the vibe, like we are supposed to, when we are presented what is essentially an action/super hero movie...it just was too subdued throughout much of it...But!! It is a pretty entertaining movie...and that is what any movie is created for...
Hal is chosen by an alien ring to become the first human Green Lantern, a member of an universal alliance of protectors. Being an irresponsible test pilot, he must overcome his weaknesses and learn to control his new powers because a deadly force is threatening the universe once again. It has a fair plot accompanied by a great soundtrack and a good actor (Ryan Reynolds). It isn't the most convincing story, I admit, but it's good enough. After all, it is a superhero movie. You're watching it for its action and for its characters most of all (although a great story could make it very good). Unfortunately, I was utterly disappointed by the ending. It's so childish, so simple that only a ten year old could have thought of it. It doesn't deserve the rating I gave it but it had such great action and looked so "awesome" that I couldn't resist. It's a shame though, it could have been an superb movie if it had a better plot and a final battle which wasn't completely stupid.
(Flash Review)It should have been titled "Gangrene Lantern" as this should be hacked out of the superhero genre. If this doesn't stunt or end the growth of the Green Lantern series, I don't know what will. Overall it was very disjointed. The scenes between the alien world and earth felt like two different movies. It is poorly paced and written and it created zero emotion between viewer and the characters. The main 'important' alien clan felt underdeveloped. The special effects were substandard for a movie of this scale and budget. I swear when people were walking on a surface in the alien world that the ground had the properties of a gymnastics tumbling mat. Many creative concepts in the movie didn't have the right tone and/or weren't intriguing or oddly goofy. I had low expectations and it failed to eclipse them.