AdrianDieleman's Rating of Green Lantern

Adrian's Review of Green Lantern

4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
Green Lantern

Green Lantern(2011)

Once again, Hollywood manages to prove their capacity of squandering a film's potential of launching a blockbuster franchise, while in the process, disappointing generations of comic-book fans who have long anticipated it's release. It is more than obvious that the producers solely depended on making money off this film by employing a star-studded cast, as well showing off some flashy special effects and visuals incorporated into the trailer, to allure their audiences into the theatre like flocks of sheep. It appears that it's main focus was to balance it's budget on special effects, and supposedly meant that the script-writers were relieved of their responsibilities of contributing to a good story.

One of the greatest issues resides in it's pacing, that progresses at too fast of a pace, and reverts from telling the entire Green Lantern origin story properly and efficiently. Even more so, it unsuccessfully manages to captivate it's audience, to introduce them to this vast universe that has been created from the telling of this tale, and rather applies to cheap story-telling, failing to unlock the doors to imaginations both young and old. While the CGI animation is visually stimulating, and well-incorporated into the fray of the action sequences, they last for only a short time before cutting into next panel of the story, and for the most part, they feel very abrupt and driven into the plot by force, just for the sake of calling it an action movie, and to move the story from point A to B.

On a side note, the visual effects have a particular effect on the audience while sitting in the theater, and some impressive CGI animation helps to illuminate the vastness of outer-space and detail the visual appearances of many alien characters,played by a variety of famous voices. Ryan Reynolds was perfectly cast as Hal Jordan, the cocky and hot-headed pilot who assumes the responsabiliy of the first human Green Lantern. He is well suited in the role of the hero, in a unique portrayal of the comic-book character in the flesh, and it is fun to watch his character develop on the screen.

Assuming the description of what one may call a "flashy light show", as opposed to a motion picture, Green Lantern sadly diminishes the thrills delivered in the comics, and more importantly lacks the charisma and ethousiasm the makes blockbuster superhero films so great. Hopefully, in the near future, a talented film-maker may one day be able to revisit this "could have been" franchise, and redeem it.