Green Lantern’s Promise Fizzles Out
June 23, 2011
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After seeing the high energy trailers for “The Green Lantern,” audiences were anticipating a movie filled with mysterious creatures, bizarre special effects, out-of-this-world evil villains and back-to-back die hard brawls.
These high expectations quickly dwindled down as this supposed “action” flick transitioned into the ever so typical love story.
“The Green Lantern” is about a group of protectors called the Green Lantern Corps on the planet Oa. The Corps is responsible for keeping intergalactic order, peace and justice and each member wears a green ring—which grants them superpowers.
The film wasted no time in setting up the storyline.
It laid out the necessary background for those who did not know how “The Green Lantern” came to be.
The film’s main plot centers around a new enemy that arises and goes by the name of Parallax, who is attempting to destroy the balance of planet Oa.
With the death of each member of the Green Lantern Corps, their ring must choose a replacement to take on the responsibility of becoming part of the corps, and all the duties that go along with it.
In the specific case of the movie, the new Lantern must defeat Parallax, and for the first time ever a human is selected.
The fate of both planets Oa and Earth is now in the hands of cocky test pilot Hal Jordan, played by Ryan Reynolds.
Reynolds is no new face to the movie industry. He has starred in films such as “Adventureland,” “Buried” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
Reynold’s brought a sense of humor to his character, that along with his stark confidence and witty mannerisms made him a likable lantern.
Blake Lively starred as Carol Ferris, Hal’s long time friend and fellow test pilot.
Lively is also a veteran star, appearing in “The Town” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and its sequel.
The role of the villain was taken on by Peter Sarsgaard, who has appeared in “Flightplan,” “Jarhead” and more recently “Orphan.”
Sarsgaard plays Hector Hammond, a good scientist gone bad.
He tackled this role entirely, however, there could have been a lot more done with his character.
By the time the essence of his character began to develop, the film was already coming to a close.
Another noteworthy characteristic of the film are the special effects. The graphics were superb, the only problem was the lack of action scenes to showcase the effects.
It seemed that whenever the film finally got to a “good” part, filled with fighting and special effects, it would be quickly followed by yet another love scene.
The special effects acted as teasers.
They were thrown at the audience in order to get them excited and get their adrenaline pumping.
Then, once the audience was drawn in, the action ceased and the “dry” scenes continued to carry on.
With a combination of good acting and great graphics—the movie had the potential to be great.
Additionally, the film was in the hands of director Martin Campbell, who is known for bringing Pierce Brosnan to the James Bond scene in 1995’s “GoldenEye.”
He was also the mastermind behind 2006 hit film Casino Royale and more recently Edge of Darkness.
While all of his past films were “action packed,” “The Green Lantern” was more a glass half empty when it came to action scenes.
It is understandable that with every superhero movie, there is an underlying love interest. In this case, however, they seemed to dwell on it a bit longer than necessary.
Because of the slow moving love scenes and choppy action sequences, at an hour and 45 minutes, the movie was just long enough. If it were any longer than that, the audience may have started dozing off.
Perhaps they could have left out petty romance and added some more fighting.