Monday, June 20, 2011
The Green Lantern - Movie Review
Blurb from Fandango:
A test pilot embraces his destiny as a cosmic superhero in Casino Ropyale director Martin Campbell's adaptation of the popular DC Comics series. Ever since he saw his fearless father perish in a tragic aviation mishap, all Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) could think about was flying -- it was the only thing the brash, cocky, and irresponsible test pilot ever truly excelled at. Little did he realize he was destined for something much bigger. Somewhere out in space, a powerful force of evil known as Parallax is spreading fear and destruction; the only hope for defeating Parallax is the Green Lantern Corps, a group of intergalactic warriors powered by the force of will. When legendary Green Lantern Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison) is sent hurtling toward planet Earth after a deadly encounter with Parallax, his ring chooses Hal to continue the fight. The ring spirits our hero away to the Green Lantern’s home planet of Oa for training. The first human ever to receive the honor of becoming a Green Lantern, Hal is viewed with scorn by the league’s leader, Sinestro (Mark Strong), who trains him alongside the hulking Kilowog (voice of Michael Clarke Duncan). Later, on planet Earth, frail scientist Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) becomes infected with Parallax’s evil while performing an autopsy on Abin Sur, and uses his newfound powers to stake claim on Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), Hal’s lifelong friend and fellow test pilot. When Hal learns that Parallax plans to consume all life on Earth to gain the energy needed to conquer Oa, he begins looking inward for the courage to defeat the malevolent force and embrace his destiny as a super-powered peacekeeper. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
I will forewarn you - I'm partial to the color Green. It's my favorite color - always has been. Now, I am also partial to super heroes and especially Marvel Super Heroes. But I have to say, this movie impressed me. Why? Well it had to do with the main character Hal. He was irresponsible, most unlikely to be a hero but he became one - so much so, that I even teared up at his final hero moment. Now don't go to the movie thinking this is a deeply moving film that is all the rave, but it is enjoyable. The only problem I had was it seemed a bit too short. The villains include three people - some who are obvious, another that just kinda appears, but one that I really didn't expect (excuse me here but I must be honest - I didn't read the comics I only watched the cartoons). This movie in my book gets a 3.5 lantern. The positives was action, fun characters, a flawed hero, a sad villain, an unrealized villain (you have to stay til after the credits role to reveal this one) and a blush love affair.