Movie Review: Green Lantern

Movie Review: Green Lantern

Green Lantern

PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action.
Genre: Action, adventure, science fiction, fantasy, adaptation
Running Time: 1 hour 47 minutes


In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for millenniums. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. They’re a brotherhood of warriors formed by the different races from the entire universe sworn to keep intergalactic order. Each Green Lantern wears a ring which grants him superpowers.

But…

…when an enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, the fate of the Green Lanterns and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit – the first human ever selected for the Corps – Hal Jordan.

Will the human turned Green Lantern Superhero be up for the challenge?

The Roll Out Of More Comic Superheroes Continues

If you like comic book superheroes, there is certainly no shortage of those hitting the big screen these days. This time around we’re introduced to the Green Lantern.

Hal Jordan, played by Ryan Reynolds, is a gifted and cocky test pilot. But, the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans who have never been able to harness the infinite powers of the ring. Hal could be the missing piece to the puzzle. Along with his determination and will-power, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had – humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris, if Hal can master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax, but he will also become the greatest Green Lantern of them all.

Batman started the craze and here we are in the midst of what seems to be comic book superhero wars. Marvel continues their roll out of comic book superhero movies and with the Green Lantern we find Warner Brothers continuing their roll out of DC comic book superheroes. When it comes to over-all flow of this newcomer to the comic book superhero line up – at times the Green Lantern struggles for a movie identity. It doesn’t really know if it wants to be a serious Batman type movie – or a funny comic book movie.

While it struggles at times to hold the story line together, over all the producers of this DC comic book hero did well when it comes to bringing people up to speed on the story of the Green Lantern Corps. However, while they did well in laying the groundwork for background, this also provides somewhat of an Achilles heel for the movie too. From time to time the Green Lantern gets bogged down in the details which leads to making this movie a somewhat long hour and 45 minute flick. While I didn’t nod off, there were times when the movie comes to a screeching halt as it moves from amazing special effects, to boring minutia details.

A 3D Extravaganza

While the Green Lantern gets bogged down from time to time, this movie shines bright green when it comes to 3D special effects. We’ve seen a lot of 3D movies lately and in the past have even complained that the movie industry is becoming stagnant with 3D. However, those involved with this 3D extravaganza seem to find a nice balance between the fine line of just enough when it comes to special effects. While there are portions of the movie that jump off the screen in 3D life, there are other subtle 3D effects – like the pulsating green lines running through the Lantern suit – that make this a wonderful ride when it comes to special effects.

While the 3D movie industry has driven up the price of admission for many flicks, the Green Lantern falls into the category of movie where spending the extra bucks to get the cool glasses will be worth it. The 3D helps make up for the flat times in the movie.

I’m sure this will be good on a flat screen, but it’s best experienced in 3D.

When it comes to acting, Ryan Reynolds has come a long way since the TV sitcom Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place. Heading into the Green Lantern I wasn’t sure if Reynolds could pull off the comic book superhero character. But, what makes him work in this movie is the fact that he does well when it comes to comic relief. Yes, there’s a lot of action going on here, but from time to time the comic relief breaks things up. This is where Reynolds shines and it becomes a natural for the role.

When it comes to rating – with a PG-13 rating – the Green Lantern is not family-friendly. While the periods of comic relief sprinkled throughout the flick do lighten things up, the villain and fight scenes in this movie are too much over the top to be family-friendly. Honestly, there were a couple times we jumped in our seat during this movie. Parents keep in mind, while this is a comic book superhero, the Green Lantern big screen version of the superhero is not your comic book version of the character.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.