June 17, 2011
Critics Consensus: It's Not Easy Being Green Lantern
This week at the movies, we've got a hero with a power ring (Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively) and some wacky waddlers (Mr. Popper's Penguins, starring Jim Carrey and Carla Gugino). What do the critics have to say? With the towering exceptions of Batman and Superman, DC's stable of superheroes haven't fared as well on the big screen as Marvel's. And critics say the publisher's latest adaptation, Green Lantern won't reverse the trend - it's a generic, special effects-heavy effort that lacks interesting characters and a compelling script. Ryan Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, a brash test pilot who's recruited by the Green Lantern Corps to join their crusade against evil in the universe.