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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Early Review: "Green Lantern"

"In brightest day, in blackest night / No evil shall escape my sight / Let all who worship evil's might / Beware my power, Green Lantern's light!"
Ryan Reynolds just has it. You know, that it factor that many actors crave but never get. He's just the man. True, he's not the greatest actor in the world (although his dramatic turn in last year's Buried was almost criminally underrated). But not many actors could step into his roles and bring the same kind of charm, wit, charisma that he brings to every performance. Many couldn't have played smooth-talking pilot Hal Jordan and his superhero alter ego in Green Lantern. But, for Reynolds, the role fits him like a glove.

But enough about him. The plot of the movie goes like this: After his fear gets the best of him up while up in the sky sending his normally badass flying skills off-kilter, test pilot Hal Jordan meets a dying alien who bestows him a mystical green ring. After trying to figure out its significance, Jordan learns that the ring gives him superhuman powers and opens him up to a green alternate universe where there's a war brewing between good and evil. His job? To strap on his green lantern gear and put an end to this impending crisis. Why? Because he's The Green Lantern, that's why. And if he can't do it, everyone's doomed.

So, right off the bat, you could probably imagine that smart aleck Reynolds is having a field day playing the heck out of this role, while cleverly and subtly mocking the ridiculousness of it all along the way. It's awesome.



But you know no superhero movie is without a weakly-drawn romantic plotline. In comes Blake Lively aka Carol Erris, colleague of Jordan and childhood friend. Wait (cue screeching music), childhood friend? According to Internet calculations, Reynolds is nine years older than Lively and looks far more like Carol's older brother than someone she grew up with. But, this is a fantasy film. So keep the fantasy going. Lively is, well, wide-eyed and lively in her performance as an ambitious heir to the Ferris Aircraft company. She's tough but clueless at the same time, much like many of the non-superhero female characters in the comic book world. Her performance is neither here nor there.



The two actors from the movie who are worth talking about are Tim Robbins and Peter Sarsgaard, who play the devilishly interesting father and son duo Senator and Hector Hammond. Although Robbins is slightly miscast in the role of a pointlessly arrogant politician, he doesn't disappoint. But Sarsgaard, however, is spot on in his portrayal as the socially awkward professor turned Green Lantern nemesis. Really, audiences won't know whether Sarsgaard is playing Hector, or whether Hector is playing Sarsgaard. Either way, they both deserve some kudos.

Green Lantern is not a perfect movie, but it's fun to watch. Fans of the comic book series and superhero fans alike will appreciate the sparkly green action-packed film that's filled with colorful characters and cool one-liners. And, hey, the acting ain't bad either. Even the small parts played by Mark Strong, Michael Clarke Duncan and Angela Bassett are good to watch. It's fast-paced, entertaining, and the special effects neatly tie everything together. Check it out.

Rating: B-

2 comments:

5plitreel said...

I really really don't see the appeal of Reynolds, I think he's quite bland though, sort of replacable. Would never go and see a film because ' hey Ryan Reynolds is in it '. Even so, Green Lantern is starting to win me over. I was really uninterested in the beginning but this year has turned out to be quite a reboost to comic book based film, so I'll give it chance! Still, no expectations allowed.

Dan O. said...

The mythology is nonsensical and the plot takes forever to get going. But once it does, the movie takes advantage of a strong cast and a director who knows what he’s doing. Good Review Candice! Check out mine when you can!

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