Hal is a test pilot who, in final desperate act by a dying alien, is chosen to be the representative of a universal security force on Earth. Using his new powers a the Green Lantern to fight crime and save lives, little does Hal know that an evil force is heading his way.
Ryan Reynolds (Hal), Blake Lively (Carol), Peter Sarsgaard (Hector), Mark Strong (Sinestro), Tim Robbins (Hammond), Jay Sanders (Carl), Taika Waititi (Tom), Angela Bassett (Dr. Waller).
Green Lantern starts off interestingly enough with some plot setup and character development before stepping back to focus in on Hal. As the story gets moving the plot thickens quickly and Hal’s life gets much more exciting. With the possible destruction of Earth looming the story takes a twist and focuses in on things like bravery and courage for a while. Once the moral lesson is done the action resumes and the film completes with a Happy Ever After ending that can be seen coming easily.
Acting was surprising with Reynolds, who just doesn’t seem the superhero type, actually doing pretty well. Lively was a good choice to play opposite Reynolds without seeming built for the role. Sarsgaard did very nicely with his role, adding good depth and emotion to the part. The remainder of the supporting cast did a good job.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were well done and fitting for a bigger budget flick. Effects were good at times, interesting for the most part, and just plain ridiculous in several parts. Granted the story is from a comic book so reality isn’t found here, but some attempt at making the CGI look realistic would have been nice. Dialogue was pretty good, while sound and soundtrack were well done.
Overall Green Lantern is a great choice for family movie night with a reasonable story adults can accept and enough fantasy or action to keep the kids entertained.
With some intense sci-fi violence this should be fine for teens and above.
Official movie site.
Green Lantern is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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