Green Lantern has it’s Brightest and Blackest Jun20


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Green Lantern has it’s Brightest and Blackest

For everyone who knows the story of the Green Lantern Corps, you understand that the emerald rings of power work only because of the Green power of Will. Well, where there’s a will there’s a way, and there was definitely Will in the Green Lantern Movie that was released last Friday.

Now, for those of us that have been counting down the days and have been jumping back and forth between being exciting and not excited about this movie, after seeing it your opinion might not change much. Being one of those people, I liked the movie, but didn’t love it. It was good, but not great. There was great action, but not enough story. The characters were there, but they weren’t the exact characters we know. Now, I will explain.

The thing that I have always loved about Green Lantern, Hal Jordan especially, was the fact that it takes a man with no fear to wear that ring. If you’ve ever read the comics, you know that that man is Hal Jordan. Now, how do you write a character of a man that is supposed to have no fear? You have to make him a little cocky. Did I say a little? I meant a lot. In comics, we love to love the cocky characters. Especially when they have their A-hole moments. That’s what makes Hal Jordan, Hal Jordan. Everyone with me?

I sat there enjoying, but not loving, the movie thinking that maybe it was the writing, but then again look at these writers. Here’s a collective list “No Ordinary Family”, “Flash Forward”, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Contact” just to name a few. It can’t only be the writing. I felt while watching, the very seasoned writing staff of Green Lantern, maybe took too many liberties with the characters. Which is a huge turn off, but then you have think for a second, how many movies have you’ve seen where there is a cocky hero that everyone likes, that isn’t supposed to be a side character or the comic relief? Not many. That character is perfect for comics, not so perfect for movies. So with that, you almost have to expect Hollywood to make a character a little more vulnerable to draw in audience. I’m not happy with it either, but it happens. Until DC can create their own production company like Marvel and break away from WB, that’s the way it’s going to be. We don’t have to except it, but complaining about it isn’t gonna change it.

Yeah, the story was weak, but all of us have complained at one time or another about the first movie of an obvious franchise being boring because they focused too much on the story and not on the action. Maybe these guys had that in mind, as they brought in the less story, more action angle.

Then, I thought maybe it was the acting, but then realized, if it is, that’s not the only thing either. First we have the awesome voice talent of Geoffrey Rush as Tomar-Re and Micheal Clarke Duncan as Kilowog, two actors that can do no wrong in my mind. Enough said. Mark Strong, who’s slowly becoming the best actor to play a villain, as Sinestro. Seriously, you need a villain, bring in Strong. He’s a great actor, who can rock it, even when he’s playing a villain, before he becomes a villain. Sinestro? Check. Peter Sarsgaard, a good looking gent, but pulls off creepy and nerdy very well, as Hector Hammond. Blake Lively, the long legged beauty from CW’s “Gossip Girl” and “The Town” carrying Carol Ferris. Here’s the thing about Blake Lively, I think she’s good on her show, yes I’ve seen an episode or two, deal with it, and I loved her in “The Town”. However, in the scenes she’s supposed to be tough Carol, I felt she wasn’t quite tough enough, but in her smitten sweet Carol scenes, she was wonderful! Was she Carol Ferris? Maybe not the Carol Ferris we all know, but she was the Carol Ferris she was given.

Finally we have Ryan Reynolds as our hero. I know there’s a lot of comic fans that don’t like Ryan Reynolds, to that I say, why not? He’s totally a geek, he’s pretty good if not great at what he does, because he never tries to hard too play outside his type. He knows exactly what he’s good at and he sticks with that, and sorry boys and girls, Hal Jordan, fits into Ryan Reynolds’ type. “But he’s Deadpool! He can’t be in Marvel and DC at the same time!” Well, he was also in “Blade Trinity”, and let’s face it most of us want to forget that “Blade Trinity” and “Wolverine Origins” ever happen. However the minute we think it’s relevant, they exist again! Reynolds was a good Hal, maybe he wasn’t the best, but Hal Jordan isn’t a “stroll in the park” role people and he made it his own without destroying the character. To that I say, Thank You.

Now, The special effects were spot on. Especially because they did fight scenes in Space, which is pretty much where most fighting takes place in the comics. That’s a lot of work to pull off and make it look real. It was well done. However, Parallax was not quite Parallax. In the comics, as we all know, his look is kind of an insect type thing. In the movie, he’s kind of a snake with weird octopus legs and a human head. Not sure where that came from.

So what was it about this movie, that didn’t quite satisfy us Green Lantern Geeks? A little of everything. There were holes in every part of it, up and down. We wanted a movie and they gave us one. Maybe the next one, yes they’re writing it as we speak, will be better. We can only hope, but this one was enjoyable.

Summing up “The Green Lantern” in one sentence, it’s the movie we deserve, but not the one we need.

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