Sunday, June 19, 2011

Spotlight: The Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds, Clancy Brown, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong)

Hello everyone, I saw Green Lantern Friday night and I was not that pleased with the movie. It may be because I was surrounded by families with annoying children, but I still believe this movie wasn’t very good. Here is a review.

The Green Lantern, based on the comic of the same name, was directed by Martin Campbell (James Bond GoldenEye and Casino Royale, The Mask Of Zorro, The Legend Of Zorro) and was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures with DC Entertainment. Ryan Reynolds (Van Wilder, Waiting, Buried) plays Hal Jordan, who becomes the Green Lantern. Clancy Brown (SpongeBob SquarePants, Superman, Highlander) plays the voice of Parallax, the villain. Blake Lively (Accepted, The Town, Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, Gossip Girl) plays Carol Ferris, Hal’s love interest. Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead, Kinsey, Shattered Glass) plays Dr. Hector Hammond, who plays Hal’s friend who turns evil. Mark Strong (Robin Hood, Kick-Ass, Sherlock Holmes) plays Thaal Sinestro, another Green Lantern and Hal’s mentor. Angela Bassett (Malcolm X, The Rosa Parks Story, Notorious) plays Dr. Amanda walker, a government agent. Tim Robins (Bull Durham, Shawshank Redemption) plays Robert Hammond, the father of Hector. Temeura Morrsion (Star Wars, Spartacus) plays the Green Lantern that crash landed on Earth. A few other actors are Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle VS Shark), Geoffrey Rush (Legends Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’Hoole, Finding Nemo), and Michael Clarke Ducan (Green Mile, Scorpian King, Planet Of The Apes).

I really don’t want to spoil much of the movie but I guess I could summarize it for you as best as I could. Apparently there are different sectors in the universe and each sector has their own Green Lantern, so there are 3 600 individual Green Lanterns. In a fight against the super villain Parallax, Sector 2814’s Green Lantern, Abin Sur, is mortally wouded and crash lands on Earth. This is where test pilot, Hal Jordan, comes to find him and Abin Sur deems him the successor of his ring. Hal Jordan is now a Green Lantern and then learns about his abilities and then is trained by his mentor Sinestro, who is to happy that Abin Sur picked a human to be the successor. When taking the lantern and ring from the fallen Abin Sur, Hal sees government agents flying in to secure the crash landing site so he flees the scene. The government seeks out Hector Hammond to do the autopsy on Abin Sur, but he gets injected with a piece of Parallax’s DNA and it makes him turn evil. It is up to Hal Jordan to use his new super hero abilities to stop Hammond as well as Parallax from destroying planet Earth.

Alright, I know some you may not like me for this reviewing, but this is only my opinion. The casting is fine and so are the visuals, but I think the plot could have done with a little more working on. Something that bugs me is that in total there are 3 600 Green Lanterns. Which means that this type of superhero isn’t very individual and in fact, are basically a group. This totally takes away from the individuality of Hal’s abilities. One thing I disliked was that the mask that Hal wore was supposed to “conceal his true identity.” It was only a small little mask that he wore around his eyes. This would not and did not conceal his identity, since everyone he knew could tell that it was him. It was the worst identity cover up I have ever seen. Another thing that bothered me was the way Peter Sarsgaard would scream, it was rather annoying. The main thing that bothered me, that I wanted to leave for last, is the plot. This movie seemed to be extremely linear and it seems as if the writers did not want to go deeper into the story of any back story and it felt as if you were supposed to imagine it for yourself. Some parts I couldn’t even understand and it would have helped to have some more explanation. I know this seems like a negative review but this is how I saw the movie. I give Green Lantern a 3.5 out of 5.

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