Green Lantern Movie Review: First Review
Is DC's new superhero movie the next Dark Knight or is a Jonah Hex? Find out when A GL fan reviews the new movie. *Warning may contain some spoilers!!!!*
Green Lantern has been seen with mixed emotions ever since it was first announced that Ryan Reynolds would be playing Hal Jordan. Even more negative reaction to the announcement that the suit would be all CGI. But is this move as bad as they say.......well to me this movie was not the greatest but it wasn't the worst movie ever.
Ryan Reynolds Plays Hal Jordan, A Cocky Test Pilot with daddy issues. In the beginning of the movie he is basically Van Wilder.He even pushes his luck at work by crashing a brand new fighter jet. This makes Carl Ferris to fire Hal but no one fires Hal and he quits. He also has issues with his family too. Ryan as you can tell tries his best to work with the script and does a pretty good job as Hal. We don't see the real Hal Jordan until maybe 5 minutes before the climatic final fight with Parallax. I give his performance a 4 out of 5 stars.
Peter Sarsgaard plays one of the movies villians Hector Hammond. Hector is portrayed as a lonely, geeky college professor and some sort of biologist. He becomes infected by a part of Parallax that is stuck in Abin Sur's dead body. Over the course of the movie we see that Hector's father The Senator(played by Tim Robbins) thinks that Hector is an embarrassment of a son and a failure. Even more so the creepy part of his head growing and his scenes where it is growing are very creepy. They try to make you feel sorry for his character and in the end you do(or atleast me and my 3 friends did.). I give his performance a 3 out of 5 stars
Blake Lively as Carol Ferris is a decent role in the film. She is the daughter of Carl Ferris. She, Hal and Hector all knew each other as children in some way that is never explained in the film. She does pretty good with the material she is given. But the role could easily been played by any other actress. She has some good scenes with Hal but not enough to really show how good at acting she is. OR she might not be good at acting at all. I give her performance a 2 out of 5 stars
Mark Strong as Sinestro is probably one of the highlights of the movie. He plays Sinestro spot on it is a shame though he only has barely any screen time. In the movie he is trying to tell the Guardians that you have to overcome fear with fear. The Gaurdians then forge a yellow ring and show it to Sinestro but Hal shows up before anything can happen and tells them you can't control the power of fear because he has seen it happen to someone else. You also see Sinestro start to question the Guardians because they never told him about Krona and his fall from being a Gaurdian and becomes the host for Parallax. There is a nice little Pre-credits scene where we see Sinestro take the yellow power ring and remove his Green Lantern ring and we then see the Sinestro we know from the comics in the yellow costume. I give his performance a 4 and a half out of 5 stars
The Story itself is a very complicated one if you have never read the comics up until about the middle when they explain things more. There is alot more time on Earth then Oa and that is because this is Hal's origin story and they should save a more Oa centered movie for a sequel(if they have one). Tomar-Re and Kilowog are great but they really aren't in the movie alot except for maybe 6 scenes out of the whole movie. The Final Fight with Parallax is pretty great. I really enjoyed the constructs Hal makes in the fight. I give the story a 3 out of 5 stars.
The CGI in this movie is incredible. Hal's suit is one of the many wonders of modern movie technology. There is one part of the movie when he first wakes up on Oa and he see the suit on him and and he tries to pull a peice off of him but he realizes his skin after he pulls on it. Oa is pretty breath taking for the short time we see it. The aliens look great too especially Kilowog and Tomar-Re. I give the CGI a 5 out of 5 stars
So to conclude this review I have to say is that this movie might not be The Dark Knight but it isn't as Bad as Jonah Hex was. Just hopefully this will make enough money so there can be a sequel that is a actual space epic. And maybe WB/DC will learn from the bit of mistakes they had with this movie.
I give the movie a 3 and a half out of 5 stars
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