review by Ryanscribbles
Dir.: Martin Campbell
Starring: Ryan Reynolds (Hal Jordan/Green Lantern), Blake Lively (Carol Ferris), Peter Sarsgaard (Hector Hammond), Mark Strong (Sinestro)
Marvel has been killing the movie aspect of comics for a while now. It’s rare to see a Marvel comic book movie be a disappointment (looking at you Fantastic Four) so it makes sense for other publishers to branch out as well. And while DC has always done a good job with animation, they’re very hit and miss with the silver screen. So is this newest foray into film a hit? Or a miss?
Unfortunately, it’s the latter. The pure fanboy in me got chills when I heard the oath but every new trailer that surfaced made me grow more and more wary of the movie, to the point where I declined the midnight viewing and settled for a day-after release matinee. Thank goodness I saved that extra four dollars.
It’s hard to pinpoint, exactly, what is wrong with the movie. None of the acting falls flat, Reynolds does his standard good-looking silly man routine, while Sarsgaard and Strong shine as the villain and soon-to-be villain, respectively. Even Blake Lively is enjoyable as the love interest, Carol Ferris, and Tim Robbins get’s a criminal short cut amount of screen time as Hector Hammond’s father, Robert. So I don’t place the blame of this low review on the actors. I place it, entirely, on the director and screenwriters.
The simple fact is that there is far too much exposition, very little actual action, and they cram too much into too little a time slot. If the movie had been expanded by an hour, it would have been leagues better, but still probably would have ended up in the mediocre range as far as my opinions on it sways. So much happens in such a small amount of time. Hal goes to Oa to “train” but we see about ten minutes of him working with Kilowog (voiced, very well, by Michael Clarke Duncan) and getting deep with Tomar-Re (voiced by Geoffrey Rush) and then he’s back to Earth. He makes the trip to Oa once more, seeing Sinestro for only the second time, and then BOOM. Back to Earth to become an incredible badass Green Lantern who can defeat Parallax, even though thirty minutes ago, he was getting his ass handed to him by Kilowog and Sinestro.
Also, I feel like we have a “3 Villain” situation here. Now the 3 Villain situation has never done well. Let’s take a quick glance back. Batman and Robin, three villains. Spider-Man 3, three villains. Even Daredevil, to an extent, was in the 3 villain category. Here we have Hammond, Parallax, and Sinestro. Now Sinestro is still good through the whole movie but he definitely stands as a roadblock for Hal, and his future is hinted at heavily, so we’re counting it. So we have three villains crammed into an hour and a half of screen time while we also have to tell the entire backstory of GL and the Corps. TOO MUCH. Throw in a contrived love story and a horrible connect-the-dots villain story line and you’re just bored. I honestly just wanted to see Hal use his ring more but we only really get to see him use it four or five times.
The easiest way to describe the movie is stale. It tries so hard to do so much that it ends up failing in almost every aspect. Also, while the Corps. looked excellent, Ryan Reynolds in that abysmal CG costume makes me dislike the film even more.
Marvel and DC have both had their shot at a “space” super-hero movie, and this flick is no Thor.