Thursday, June 16, 2011

Movie Review: Green Lantern

Last night, I went to a screening of Green Lantern, and let me just say, I’m glad I got to see it for free. Since I wasn’t impressed with the trailer, I didn’t expect much from it and it didn’t exceed my expectations, like X-Men: First Class did.

For those of you, like me, who know nothing about the Green Lantern, here's the official synopsis:

"In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warrior sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of powers in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan."

Still with me? That's the major problem I had with this movie: too much strange back story. With most superhero movies, the story's pretty straight forward: Peter Parker gets bit by a radioactive spider and boom! he's Spiderman; people are born with a mutant gene and boom! X-Men; Bruce Wayne gets all his gadgets and, well you get the picture. Hal Jordan's story is so convoluted and strange that it just doesn't work on a general audience. Aliens harnessing willpower into a fancy ring that needs to get recharged from a lantern? Not working for me.

The only saving grace for this movie is Ryan Reynolds. Although he may not make the best movies, I love him. He brings a great sense of humor to every role and is incredibly charming (not to mention easy on the eyes). He's the perfect superhero type. I just wish he had picked a better superhero to portray.

I would not recommend this movie for anyone who isn't a fan of the comic or under the age of 15. You will not enjoy it.

No comments:

Post a Comment