29. Green Lantern

In the never ending lineup of comic book films this summer, Green Lantern is up next starring the dashingly handsome Ryan Reynolds.  Judging by the previews, I was quite excited for this film.  It looked pretty spiffy and I was excited to see what Reynolds did with the role.  While I’m not very familiar with the comic book, the previews had promise.

Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, a commercial test pilot who catastrophically wrecks a brand new fighter jet and nearly bankrupts the company who employs him while further testing a competitive and flirtatious rivalry with another pilot played by (the mostly useless) Blake Lively.

Meanwhile in outer space, a corps of intergalactic peace keepers called the Green Lanterns are threatened by an unstoppable force named Parallax, who has awoken in outer space and is determined to kill the rest of the universe while it feeds on the fear of its prey.

Reynolds is summoned by the green lanterns and they induct him into their forces because he “shows no fear”, which is the first requirement of membership.

The alien force who summons Reynolds also ends up infecting an insecure scientist (Peter Saarsgard) who now has super powers of his own and decides he wants to raise a little hell and exact revenge on those who don’t appreciate him, like his Senator Father (Tim Robbins).  While Jordan masters his newfound power that can materialize anything he wishes to fight evil, Parallax moves closer and closer to mother Earth, bent on destruction.

I really wanted to like this film but it had a few problems working against it.  I didn’t think Parallax, who was an ever growing mushroom cloud/octopus with a nasty face was a great villain to carry the plot.  While Peter Saarsgard was great in his role, he never felt like much of a threat to the Green Lantern in comparison to Parallax.  It probably works better in the comics, but fell completely flat to me.

I thought Reynolds was suitable for the role and couldn’t help but think a sequel with a better villain might give this character proper justice.  Peter Saarsgaard was not used to his full extent and should have had a chance to play a more threatening villain.  Flashy and fun at times, but in the end disappointing.

The survey says…2.5 stars out of 5

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2 Comments on “29. Green Lantern”

  1. June 23, 2011 at 5:08 am #

    “Century City, Part 1” is infinitely satisfying.

    Tell the Mark Unit that I said, “HELLO”!

    Your rabid yet harmless fan !!!

    H.G.

  2. June 23, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    i will indeed pass that message along my friend!

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