It’s the summer of the super heroes and this week it’s the Green Lantern who hits the silver screen, I’m Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of mubi.com
And I’m Christy Lemire of The Associated Press.
We're starting out this week with yet another movie based on a comic book. This time it's "Green Lantern," which plays like "Top Gun" with magical jewelry. Ryan Reynolds stars as Hal Jordan, a brash and cocky test pilot with daddy issues. One day, a spaceship crash-lands, and the alien dude inside hands Hal some responsibility he doesn't exactly want.
Clip 6 -- "The ring chose you."
Hal is now a member of the Green Lantern Corps, a group of intergalactic peacekeepers. The ring allows him to create anything his mind can imagine. But first, he must learn to harness his newfound power.
Clip 3 -- In the brightest day ...
There is, of course the obligatory training montage to get Hal into fighting shape. And he doesn't have much time -- although he's the first human to join the corps, he's the only one who can stop a dastardly force in the universe known as the Parallax, which essentially looks like a giant, evil piece of calamari.
Clip 7 -- Parallax
As you can probably tell from that clip, "Green Lantern" looks atrocious -- especially in 3-D. No big shocker there. I should be able to reach out and touch Ryan Reynolds' abs – I mean they're on display in the first five minutes, after all -- but instead the effects just make everything look fake and murky. The other problem is that the mythology here is just so idiotic. Thumbs down.
This movie is joyless, I mean, the Green Lantern, here’s this character who’s power is he can, you know, create anything he wants to using his ring and then they don’t really do anything with it, this needs to be handled in a more imaginative way.
Right, 2D or 3D, what they do with the ring which is a totally stupid idea, oh look my ring makes stuff totally lame, but anyway, he makes like a racetrack, he makes like a thing to hold up stuff that falls on top of him, is that the best they can do?
They’ve sorta turned the Green Lantern into the wonder twins I think in this.
Oh, but they get water, they get like a bucket of water and a shark or something that sounds like more fun.
Yeah, and it’s in 3D it’s in CGI, you know, your able to do whatever you want and this is the best that they can come up with, I like maybe the first ten minutes of the movie, before Ryan Reynolds shows up, when it’s still kinda dorky and psychedelic like Thor, but then once, you know actual human actors are introduced and my view most of them are fairly good in this.
It’s a really good cast.
IGNATIY: It is a really good…
You have Peter Sarsgard, you have Tim Robbins, you have Jefferey Rush doing the voice of a big talking fish.
But the film has no sense of stakes, it’s extremely anti- climactic, he essentially fights a parallax and that’s it.
And I like Ryan Reynolds, I think he’s sexy and funny and does that young Chevy Chase thing very well, but here there’s no character developed at all, so who cares.
And he seems to take no joy in his powers he just sort of
He doesn’t want em.
Yeah, he’s just kinda “Like oh I’m Green Lantern now, ok.”