Green Lantern (2011)

Being a big fan of the DC Comics Green Lantern character, I was both looking forward to and scared of a film adaptation of the character.  Years ago there were rumours of the Hal Jordan part going to Jack Black, which would have been an absolutely shitty casting decision and doomed the movie right from the start.  Other actors were rumoured as well, and even though my pick for Jordan – Nathan Fillion – wasn’t picked, I was somewhat satisfied with the decision to cast Ryan Reynolds as GL.  Having seen the movie, while I’m not 100% pleased with the characterization (mostly due to certain aspects of the script highlighting Reynolds’ smart ass strengths), I was glad that the movie didn’t suck.

A lot of critics out there will tell you that it wasn’t that great, but I think it’s probably the best Green Lantern movie any of us could have hoped for.  I’m sure there was a desire to completely pack the movie with as many Green Lantern mythology as possible, but thankfully someone pulled the reins in on that.  What that ultimately provides is a stable foundation with which to build a franchise, and hopefully that is what happens.  Other than the unnecessary and stupid end credits Sinestro (Mark Strong) sequence, the movie is an exercise in not blowing its respective load.

Like I said, Reynolds was a decent choice for Jordan, though I think Ryan Gosling might have even been a better choice for the more serious Hal Jordan character, whereas Reynolds would have been an excellent Kyle Rayner GL.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t worry, it’s just comic book nerdery.  Director Martin Campbell puts together some visually stunning sequences, and there’s a strong supporting cast of, well, perfectly cast actors in Strong, Geoffrey Rush and Michael Clarke Duncan.  Peter Sarsgaard is at his smarmy and creepy best as Hector Hammond, and Blake Lively continues to surprise me with her performances.

It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s enjoyable and entertaining, and hopefully accessible to the non-nerds out there.

3.5 / 5

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Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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