Film #343: GREEN LANTERN
2.75 out of 5 stars
A “surely it wasn’t THAT mad” re-watch. A complete car wreck of hackneyed ideas and overly-processed CG-rendered environments collide in this adaptation of the popular DC comic. Ryan Reynolds squeaks by on his charisma alone while everyone else involved plays it earnestly. The story itself is your classic reluctant hero’s journey with a heavy dose of CG cartoony claptrap thrown in to entice modern audiences. The script itself was obviously written by – and for – twelve year olds and is populated with characters so paper-thin that it’s hard for audience’s to become engaged. In the end, the film, which was directed by Martin Campbell (CASINO ROYALE, THE MASK OF ZORRO, EDGE OF DARKNESS), becomes a kaleidoscope of flashing lights and radiant colors… ultimately signifying little, save only for the establishment of yet another clichéd comic book movie property. Now, that’s not to say that the film is totally bad, it’s not. It’s just that we’ve seen this kind of thing so many times before that one would have hoped a new spin on the ball would have presented itself. In the end, GREEN LANTERN is a perfect film for the ten year old in all of us. Go into it with that state of mind and you’ll be fine. If you go into with any higher expectations and you may find yourself severely disappointed.