#129 / 365 – ‘Green Lantern’ – 105 mins
Cinema Challenge #51 / 115
Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is a cocky test pilot with the US Air Force. But his destiny lies beyond the earthly realm. For millennia, the Green Lantern Corps has championed the cause of intergalactic peace and justice. Each member of the brotherhood wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But now a deadly new enemy has emerged. Known as Parallax, it threatens to disrupt the balance of the universe. The squadron has never had much respect for humans, but this time they have no choice. As their first-ever human recruit, Hal finds the future of the earth itself is in his hands. With the support of his fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), he sets about mastering his amazing new powers and embarks on a road that will see him become the greatest Green Lantern of them all.
Where its chief rival, Marvel Comics has an endless supply of superheroes for movie adaptations (Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, and Thor) DC Comics only has two true super-hero icons, Superman and Batman, after that they only have Wonder Woman, The Flash and, yes, the Green Lantern left to offer the viewer, whose only superpower comes from a power ring that he posses which allows him to create anything he can think of out of green light — a car, guns, hammer, the possibilities are endless. Alas what this ring is not able to do, is create a good movie.
Green Lantern, which is credited to four screenwriters where they abandon everything that is creative storytelling. and in the end feels like the ultimate cut and paste job from other movies, most notably Superman – remember how a helicopter was used in introducing our hero to the world, and then he flies to a balcony to try and steam things up with his true love – yes there all in here.
The CGI, even if they do have a video game feel to them, employed in Green Lantern to bring it to life are modertly decent, but overall they are certainly not worth the colossal $200m that was thrown at the movie.
If it is the brightest day, in the blackest night, don’t worry too much if Green Lantern slips your sight this summer, because it suffers the same fate as the other Green (Hornet) super-hero released this year – by becoming one of movies ultimate time wasters.