A Real Fan's Green Lantern Review! (UPDATED WITH SPOILERS!)

A Real Fan's <I>Green Lantern</i> Review! (UPDATED WITH SPOILERS!)

I had the privilege of attending an early screening of Green Lantern last night and this is my review. Spoiler free followed by spoilers after the break.

So I can not give too many details as to how I was able to see the movie (I don't think anyway) but a friend hooked me up.

Let me start by saying that I do have a GL bias, given that I've read the entire volume 5 of green lantern. I was hooked ever since his (green lantern's) involvement with the death of Superman story line.

This is the Spoiler Free section
The spoilers will be identified after a few lines of hyphens. Sorry, but I don't know how to make the font white unless highlighted.

On Similarity to the Source:
The movie stayed pretty true to the source material with many little easter eggs and fan nods throughout the movie. There were many parts of the film that had me "Ooh"ing with excitement over the nerdy fan services. However, that is not to say that this was not geared for main stream audience. The man next to me said he'd never picked up a comic his entire life and he loved the movie. The movie did deviate on a few (IMO) minor details that could be explained easily if thought was given to them.

For instance, most fans know that Parallax's M.O. does not (usually) include sucking multiple people into his essence, which kills them, leaving husks. But that's just his style in this. Given that he is a brain-child-combination of Legion, Parallax and Krona, you see how he came to that. The second big deviation (aside from deaths) will be discussed later in the Spoiler section. But it still remained extremely faithful to the comics.

Special Effects:
All of the problems about CGI and the costume that I had were completely rectified in the final rendering. The constructs looked incredible, the costume looked organic, the backdrops were beautiful. It was stunning to watch.

The post-production conversion to 3D did not affect the quality of the dimensions at all. The layers of the dimensions were extremely realistic and it looked as though you were watching the movie through a window that this was happening on the other side of.
I was very skeptical about this, due to other movies that went through post-production conversion, such as "The Last Airbender." But they nailed it.

The general consensus after the movie was "spot on acting!"
I, however, found Angela Basset's performance of Amanda Waller to seem a little too Broadway, and less Hollywood. And Carrol Ferris seems to cry a bit more than I'd expect. But that's not really the actor's (Blake Lively's) problem. But that did not take away from the movie, given that those brief little criticisms were nit picky.

Reynolds made you feel like this was Hal Jordan. After the movie, I tried to think about how Reynolds played Hal, and the only words that came to mind were "Cocky" and "Arrogant", before the ring of course.

Peter Sarsgaard played a great villain and reminded me of a John Malkovich style villain. It worked!

Mark Strong's Sinestro was PERFECT! That's all I have to say: PERFECT!
Everyone in the film did a great job.

The best way I can describe the movie is "fun". It is directed more for adults, but doesn't go so dark to exclude children. It has humor, but doesn't make the character a clown. The best way I could describe the feel is the first time I saw Spider-Man (1) in theatres, except Green Lantern was FAR more enjoyable. And I was a hard core spider-man fan at the time. I highly recommend seeing it.





With that being said, lets get to the Juicy bits of this movie.

Now, the movie stays pretty damned accurate to the comicbook mythology. All of the basics are the same: 3600 Lanterns patrolling 3600 sectors. The ring selects each member. Ect. Those are the basics.
However, like in the comics, Green Lantern’s “secret identity” is kind of a joke, since all he has is the domino mask. By the end, Tom Kalmaku, Carol Ferris and Hector Hammond all know Hal’s secret. And this only strengthens the story. Unlike Spider-man and many other movies, there is no pining over worrying about people finding out who he is, which was incredibly refreshing!


The major change that I mentioned earlier is that the yellow ring does come into existence during this film. However the Guardians create the ring to combat the Yellow power of fear with itself. In the comics, Sinestro was banned to the Antimatter universe, where the Quardian Weaponers built the ring for him. Sinestro is the one who prompts the Guardians to forge a yellow/fear based ring, with the idea that he’d be the one to wield this new power.

However, after the ring is forged, Hal steps in and tells Sinestro, in front of the Guardians that the power can’t be trusted. He tells them how it corrupts the host, which is why Hector becomes so evil. The Guardians tell Hal he's right and they place the ring in a containment.

Hector actually seemed like a nicer guy at the start of the movie, but becomes a (somewhat) puppet figure for Parallax.

That leads me to the after the credits scene. Now I know you’re reading this part because you want to be spoiled, but seriously, this is for only those whose curiosity knows no bounds. I’m about to spoil the after the credits scene that made the movie for me, so if you do not wish to know, stop reading!


So after the credits, we see the yellow ring (which looks exactly as it did the concept art shown on this website) floating in a containment chamber. The chamber breaks and we see it float toward Sinestro, who then takes off his GL ring and places the Sinestro Corp ring on and he instantly knows this is his type of power. His eyes turn yellow and you can see he’s already corrupted. IT WAS PERFECT!
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Protonite - 6/16/2011, 12:04 AM
A "real" fan? I didn't know there were imaginary fans. LOL!
CraptainAmerica - 6/16/2011, 12:31 AM
I fan of the GL comics loved it. That's a proper review. I'm pumped for this!
greenlanter13 - 6/16/2011, 12:35 AM
Cool hope it's at least fun from your review sounds like I will enjoy it
MrLoki - 6/16/2011, 1:01 AM
Not seeing it. Everyone else says it sucks.
Coloso - 6/16/2011, 1:10 AM
They were having screenings on wednesday for Green Lantern in select cities so that's how your friend was able to get you in, no secret there.

This article is way slanted towards fanboyism, sorry but I'll reserve judgement till I see it myself (but not in theatre) :p
Coloso - 6/16/2011, 1:14 AM
@CraptainAmerica, Superman7 said it himself in the article "I have a GL bias". No way this is a "proper review" :D
Yasn7 - 6/16/2011, 2:05 AM
Thank you! Hope is being restored and why the fudge is this not on front page while other reviews are I dont know...
Orphix - 6/16/2011, 3:09 AM
DiLusso - 6/16/2011, 3:15 AM
i was there to bro
here is my review
gandalf550 - 6/16/2011, 4:07 AM
Can't wait to see it tomorrow night!!! :D
LEEE777 - 6/16/2011, 4:33 AM

Awesome review buddy!

This and THOR cbms of the year!!!!!!!

marvel72 - 6/16/2011, 4:40 AM
@ leee777

hello mate,have you seen the reveiws not looking good.

i've got my fingers crossed that this is the most underrated film of the year.

we need this to be a massive hit because other characters will be put on hold if its not.

& i don't know how much more batman i can take & thats from a comic fan.
ThorsGoldenHammer - 6/16/2011, 4:41 AM
I saw it. Much better then the reviews give it credit for
TheDetectiveComicRises - 6/16/2011, 4:47 AM
This movie will be awesome, I believe in it!
Batman5 - 6/16/2011, 4:47 AM
nice review man, as long as it pleases the cbm fan, than ill be happy. that may be why ppl are giving it less than stellar reviews, because the movie does not fully explain certain parts of the gl mythos like you said. but if thats the only problem than it wont bother me. cant wait!
ironpool007 - 6/16/2011, 4:48 AM
Here's how I'm breaking down this movie. Critics will hate it with the exception of a few. Fans will love it, and casual movie goers will be split down the middle. Some will skip, others will see it and think it's dumb, and others will see it and love it. Moneywise, I think it will do fine, and probably make enough to warrant a sequel.
Kashio - 6/16/2011, 4:50 AM
I saw it yesterday and i thought it was a good movie. It's not as bad as some of the critics are saying it is but its also not the greatest CBM.

Im not a huge fan of Green Lantern. I knew little to nothing about the character when the trailer was released back in October. I read a little bit on Wikipedia afterwards to understand the basics. Never read a Green Lantern comic before.

I had a read of some of the reviews before i went and they all pretty much summed up the film to be a bit of a disappointment and not great. So i didnt go in with high hopes of it being a great CBM.

I went with a friend who had no idea what the movie was about. He liked it and he thought the CGI was impressive. It looked pretty good in 3D and i dont really like 3D movies. He's not a comic book fan at all. A lot of the people who went to watch seemed to have enjoyed it.
ironpool007 - 6/16/2011, 4:52 AM
Of course taking into account everything I just said, let's all do our part and see the film and then spread the word. I'm going with a friend tomorrow after work for a 2D showing. After that, I'm sure I'll be back for a 3D screening.
marvel72 - 6/16/2011, 4:54 AM
@ teabag

i liked battle beyond the stars when i was younger,cybil dannings B(.Y.)BS were fantastic.

ElDuce74 - 6/16/2011, 4:56 AM
It's a sad day when people have to say this movie is a "bomb" just because critics don't like it. Think for yourself and see it and judge it. Let's not forget, Transformers was a critical "bomb" yet started a franchise. Say what you will but it made money. Also, let's not forget that Siskel and Ebert gave Speed 2 two thumbs up. Do you REALLY trust what some one that is paid to have a (usually) biased opinion who, most of the time, only appreciates "high art"? Green Lantern is not Shindlers List so there is no reason to put it under a critical microscope like this. It's suppose to be fun and a move, according to those invovled, for the fans. If you're not a fan, don't see it. if you find nothing interesting about GL, don't see it. But don't be a fool and let a critic tell you waht to see.
Lazerbeast - 6/16/2011, 5:09 AM
Saw a screening last night. If you love superhero films and love cinema in general...DONT SEE THIS FILM!!!! Nerd check..I have been a GL fan longer than most you have been alive. It is a lifeless husk of a a film that does little to pay tribute to the rich mythology of comic books and possibly the worst example of poor directing and screenwriting. Reynolds was actually ok, the fx were ok as well ( trust me I am professional vfx artist ) but everything else is an EPIC FAIL. DC should stop making films if this is what we can expect from a Flash or Justice League film. I am pissed.
Lazerbeast - 6/16/2011, 5:26 AM
@Intruder Ha! No it is perfect.
thesymbiote - 6/16/2011, 5:31 AM
Funny how if you give a good review, you are apparently a "real" fan.

I'll be the judge of whether this is a good movie or not for myself. But as for this being an adults movie, definitely not. While other CBMs are getting mature, all the reviews so far have said this CBM is directly aimed at the kids.

Proof? The last trailer before the movie is Happy Feet 2. Shows the target audience.
Shaman - 6/16/2011, 5:32 AM
You see... i have a problem with a "real fan's" review because, yes you're a fan of the book, but are you an avid film fan too? A mere fan of the books could stare at a green colored pile of shit and like it if it was called Kilowog and yelled out "Poozer" every now and then. An avid film fan can put aside his comic book fanboy biasm and evaluate the film as a separate entity. I mean, a Transformers "real fan" can still appreciate Revenge of the Fallen. A G.I.Joe "real fan" can still appreciate Rise of the Cobra. But at the end of the day, it still doesn't make them good "films" even though they were "fun". Maybe if you would compare Green Lantern to other CBMs you enjoyed and disliked?

For my taste, if Hal "admitting he isn't afraid to admit that he's afraid" is the whole heart of the story, then there is no special effect, easter egg or fan nod that will make me enjoy this story. That's just crossing the line over to cringe territory and setting up camp. Thor was able to walk that fine line perfectly. Branaugh was able to take a story that had cringe written all over it and actually made it endearing and inspirational. Thor earned his power believably and i for one didn't feel he needed "extra time" or a "better reason" or a "flashier event" to establish his change in attitude and perspective. Thor wasn't an asswhole that needed his brashness beaten out of him. He was a kind and noble warrior that just happened to be a bit full of himself. That can go away pretty quickly when you're thrown straight out of your comfort zone and left to die.

But in regards to GL's story, Hal saying no to an opportunity only to come back and say yes because he realised he "just now happens to be" worthy only because he is't afraid of aknowledging that he is afraid is just stinky cheese. I really hope that the critics that have said this are over simplifying it to the tenth degree and the story is much more elaborate and well written than what they're insinuating. Otherwise, i'll be enjoying First Flight much much more than this film.
Ryanandrews82 - 6/16/2011, 5:34 AM
Got my ticket booked - i'll judge for myself
cjkalel - 6/16/2011, 5:36 AM
Will be there with the ring on LET'S GO!
GoldenAgeGhost - 6/16/2011, 5:38 AM
Did anyone actually expect this film to do well? I cant really see ANY DC movie smashing the box office. Only reason TDK did so well is due to Ledger's death and tweenage girls wanting to see his "last movie" when he was in about 3 after that. The DC fans on here are ignorant incompetent pieces of monkey smegma.
Ceejay - 6/16/2011, 5:43 AM
@teabag - That ship not only had TiT's, it had a mid-section shaped like a VAG! Remember seeing this in the cinema when I was a kid and laughing my head off at Robert Vaughn trying his best to be cool with the corniest dialogue in the world! Sybil Danning had a costume in a scene that was made of string, sexiest costume ever!
cjkalel - 6/16/2011, 5:56 AM
I don't know how real comic book fans could want any cbm to do bad this is what we all want I love marvel and dc thor was ok and xmen was great I'm hoping this is good to. You are simply and sadly a hater if your bashing this b4 it comes out this INTRUDER character is the worse
thesymbiote - 6/16/2011, 5:59 AM

You put it perfectly. I'm a massive fan of film and I have lots of passion for it. So when it comes to CBMs, thats two things I love put together.

But when I see a CBM, I want to first see that it makes a good MOVIE, and then after that if it has all the nerd moments I want. Now, every so often, both those requirements overlap. Like for example as a film fan, I should have no problem with Sandman being Uncle Ben's killer in Spiderman 3. BUT, as a comic book fan, I didn't like that at all, and I kept thinking that there were better ways to handle the character.
JohnTom88 - 6/16/2011, 6:02 AM
While I respect your review, being a fan might cloud the objectiveness of the review.

JULES - 6/16/2011, 6:13 AM
@intruder and marvel72
You were right about this movie since trailer one. I saw GL last night and it isn't good. I'd compare it to fantastic four 2 before Thor in tone. I was a little upset cause I was wearing my GL shirt and I could actually visualize future treatments of other DC properties. You two have the gift of seeing the future just like me. I knew it was going to be like that but I love cbm's btw I've seen the future and CA:TFA will rock
ElBicho - 6/16/2011, 6:15 AM
Cap is going to own GL!!!
Joe6Pack74 - 6/16/2011, 6:19 AM
I hope they put this out on Blu-ray.

Ceejay - 6/16/2011, 6:21 AM
If Green Lantern's budget really is $300 million then this will probably be one of the biggest flops of recent years. There's no way its gonna make much of that back overseas because people just don't give a damn about American superheroes internationally especially when they're as bizarre and obscure as a guy in a green suit with a magic ring and a bunch of goofy alien friends! When Watchmen flopped, it at least only cost $130 million, this is gonna eclipse that epic fail if it don't start with a $100 million weekend at least!

With Cars 2 coming out the following week as well as Transformers the week after, this film will find itself shafted out of the 3D screens to make room for the latter two and their 3D presentations. Warner Bros put too much money into this pretty weak comic book character, unless its Batman or Superman, most joe averages couldn't tell you a Marvel from a DC character. They should have done Superman first then done a sequel to Superman including the Green Lantern. That at least would get the public's awareness up enough to do his stand alone movie and explain his origins in flashback without wasting half a movie to get it across.

Marvel at least had a plan that's worked well for them, they've made the public aware of the Avengers team building in each of the characters movies as well as mentioning of cameoing characters in each one like Tony Stark, Agent Coulsdon etc. If D.C were to introduce Green Arrow in one of the Batman films as a cameo then they could have done another JLA character movie with pre-installed public awareness. D.C and Warner Bros simply haven't planned beyond singular movies and their pending box office results while Marvel have planned, executed and now reaping the benefits of their comic movie universe strategy with average joe-publics taking an invested interest! Warner need to sack who ever's in charge and get someone with real vision to head this thing.
Tc - 6/16/2011, 6:23 AM
I think itll be good i never really listen to reviews anyway haha Im just glad DC made a decent movie that didnt star batman or superman, its about time they got more of their CB heroes out there :D
AreTudaEDub - 6/16/2011, 6:39 AM
Am I the only one who always felt like for a Green Lantern movie to be taken seriously it need to be in the realm of "The Matrix". Many similarities in the Characters of Hal Jordan and Neo. I could have also saw Oa being something like Zion. I feel Hal Jordan and Neo share a basic/universal story....a man who is chosen because of a greatness that is seen inside of him.

The tone should have been the same also...."Matrix" to this day seem to be the only CREDIBLE off the wall sci-fi movie. I think people where drawn to the sense of urgency the story had. I wish people would take the characters more seriously...as hero's the sacrifices their lives for [frick] sake! Can we at least sacrifice some effort for a thought provoking story.
CelticHart81 - 6/16/2011, 6:41 AM
I've learned not to ever listen to the critics. The true fans are the ones to listen to. Now I'm even more excited!
CBMfan001 - 6/16/2011, 6:46 AM
i will watch this movie because it looks good,and the reviews sometimes specially when it is made to be a fun entertaining movie gets it wrong,im not expecting a great film but im expecting an entertaining time watching this.so i will watch this and then decide.

so far this summer the movie i MOST enjoyed is hangover 2,because it provided a great entertainment despite the critical backlash.so who knows this can be the ordinary mans film

hope GL does well for it's own sake and for other DC movies like flash,aquaman which are awesome characters :)

from the very words of sinestro "GOOD LUCK GREEN LANTERN" :)
Shaman - 6/16/2011, 6:57 AM
thesymbiote- Personally, as a film fan, Sandman being Uncle Ben's "really real" killer in the third installment of the franchise was the MAIN problem i had with the film. There is no logical reason behind it. It wasn't needed and when it's not needed, it [frick]s up the film because in a film, EVERYTHING that happens SHOULD be needed IMHO. By doing that, it felt like Raimi deliberately pulled the trigger on himself. Venom was definitely NOT the problem of the film. He was the comic book fans' problem. Sandman was the film's true problem in my eyes.

As for GL, what worries me even more than the critics is that the fans that have enjoyed this film are also saying that they are SETTLING for something, regardless of what it is. You hear them all over the place saying "It's really good BUT...". That's where i figure that the critics aren't that far off the mark and the only thing making the fanboys love it is their bias for the source.

Saying "what did you guys expect to begin with" is kinda stupid. We ALWAYS expect a GOOD film. Not an award winner mind you, but at least "GOOD". Thor and Ironman showed us it could be done. GL has no excuse.
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