Saturday, June 18, 2011

My Green Lantern Movie Haul and Review

Last week my very cool, but non-geek wife, scored me tickets to the advanced screening of the new Green Lantern Movie and I was more than ecstatic. Finally, Warner Bros. was getting the rest of JLA on the big screen with my hopes of more to come. I am more of a DC guy than a Marvel, but Marvel has been doing an awesome job of bringing their characters to life and most of all, getting them all together for the epic The Avengers out next year.

Actually, the 15th, but the ticket says the 16th,
I was actually lucky enough to score 4 tickets and took my closest comic book/toy collector friends. My wife scored me a t-shirt and cool Kilowog poster when she picked up the tickets, but while at the theatre we were presented with free Green Lantern special edition comic books and pins. Courtesy of my favorite local comic book store MaximuM Comics, who has two stores in the Las Vegas area and is working on opening a third.

Now the bad news, I have been nervous about The Emerald Warrior's movie debut since the release of the first trailer. So, were others and Warner Bros. countered any negative comments with "Part of the reason the response to the first trailer was lukewarm was that the big-scale sequences weren't ready to show, and we suffered for it. We can't afford to do that again." Yes, the the CG effects were great and I at one point was thinking, "Man I wonder what it cost to fly everyone out to the the Lost Sector." As for the rest, I do like Ryan Reynolds as an actor, but I am not quite sure if The Green Lantern was the right fit for him. At one point he was attached to The Flash and I think that might have been a better vehicle for him and I was alright with him as Deadpool too. As for the script it seemed like it was a first draft. Even though it had four writers and two of which wrote for comic books.

The script covered all the bases, but had so much to deal with, origins and villains, the editing was very quick cut to keep the story moving and get it all in. Blake Lively did OK as Carol Ferris and we may get to see her as Star Sapphire if there is a sequel, but the love story between her and Hal Jordan was non-existent in my opinion. I really felt nothing for these two.

Peter Sarsgaard was great as Hector Hammond and wish we could have seen more of him. Having to deal with Parallax and Hammond was too much for me. I am generally not a fan of two villains teaming up in a movie, as I think so many of these villains are fabulous and deserve the heroes sole attention.

Green Lantern is at least worth seeing and I do recommend you judge for yourself, but for $300 million, I expected more. You were descent on your maiden voyage Mr. Lantern, but you are certainly no Dark Knight.

Anyone else seen the movie yet? Let me know what you thought.


  1. SPOILERS: I thought the movie was decent. It could have been better, but it could have been worse. I thought it was kind of funny that when Hal decided not to be in the Corps that he got to keep the ring. I did like the bonus scene during the credits, and I'm assuming that will be followed up on if there is a sequel.

  2. Awesome! On my to-do list :) Like I said, I'm not that concerned if it's a great movie... THEY MADE A GREEN LANTERN MOVIE! :D

  3. Mario- I thought the same thing. Yes, the bonus seen was cool and I was hoping for that. Make sure you sit through the credits gang.

  4. Colin- Yes, definitely go see it. Too bad you didn't live out here, I would have taken you too. It was pretty decent and you are right, at least they made a Green Lantern movie and I am hoping for more for him and other DC characters.

  5. I talked the wife into seeing it so hopefully this week we are going to go check it out.

  6. JBoy- Cool, let me know what you think of it.


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