19 February 2012

Movies: Green Lantern

Green Lantern (2011) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1133985/

Fantasy Comic book adaptation

Yep - another comic book adapted to live action film. Basically his origin story and first major battle. Hal Jordan is a rebellious risk-taking test pilot for a defense contractor, has father issues. A dying alien crash-lands on Earth. Not just any alien, the alien that is the guardian of this sector of space. Needing a replacement for his job he sends his ring to find a worthy candidate. It's Hal. Then there's an internal struggle, an external struggle, then the big fight against the big bad that took out the guardian. Earth is at stake.

Just as many comic books borrow heavily from other comic books, this film adaptation borrows heavily from its predecessors. Most notable were how early in the film had some serious Iron Man scene borrowings going on. I didn't mind, I'm used to the heavy borrowing by now.
Of the most recent adaptations this looked and felt more comic-book-ish than the rest. And, as I've never really read, nor paid attention to, Green Lantern I actually got a sense of what the character was about. His superpowers are rather silly, but the film was entertaining.  I think Green Arrow would probably have been sillier, and of course Aquaman would've been silliest.

Ryan Reynolds plays Hal Jordan / Green Lantern doing his Ryan Reynolds thing. If I recall correctly this is his third comic-book adaptation film. The first being Blade: Trinity, the second as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And he's coming back in 2014 as Deadpool again. Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins and Angela Basset are a few of the other bigger names in the cast. I suppose Blake Lively would be known to Gossip Girl watchers, though I've only seen her once before in The Town and don't particularly recall her.

It's entertaining, chock-full of CGI, a rather predictable storyline, wraps up with an easy open door to a sequel. Escapist fare, as pretty much any comic adaptation will be. Has at least one seriously groan-worthy moment when he 'saves' a party from a crashing helicopter. I realize it is a call-back to an earlier shot from his nephew's birthday party, but geeze. There's quite a few characters shown and ignored minutes later. Specifically the chick in his bed in the opening shot, his family and his nephew. One could argue they're necessary to telegraph Hal's character and background, but they're so easily forgotten I dunno how effective they even were.
Not outstanding, not bad, no more a waste of time than any other comic adaptation. Rates higher than Fantastic Four in my book. FF was a much bigger waste of time and less entertaining, so GL has that going for it.

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