The Green Lantern: Blu Ray Review
The Green Lantern
Released by Warner Bros
superhero franchise looks to take flight.
time, it's the turn of the Green Lantern to try and sprinkle box office magic
and ensure a future for the series.
is cock sure pilot Hal Jordan, who despite his plucky exterior and all American
clean cut image, is scarred by daddy issues, having seen his pops blown to
pieces when a flight went wrong.
himself chosen by a green light one day (I know - bear with me) after an alien
from the Green Lantern corp - a sort of green wearing space police - finds
himself dying on the earth.
You see, the corp is trying to fight
Parallax, an entity so evil it intends to wipe out the universe and take
vengeance on the Green Lanterns, threatening the balance of power and tipping it
in evil's favour
The Green Lantern is an FX heavy
slightly off kilter attempt at launching the franchise. It lacks a real
emotional centre and has some completely absurd dialogue thrown in for good
Apparently, green is the universal colour for will and
yellow is the universal colour for fear. So now you know.
And yet, it's not the massive failure you may expect having seen the
very underwhelming trailer; Reynolds is very watchable as Hal and brings a level
of performance which is engaging and believable; similarly for his role as
Sinestro, Strong (one of the best character actors around) brings the gravitas
to the mentor. Blake Lively continues her ascent from Gossip Girl, playing a
ball busting pilot and business woman and Taika Waititi cracks a few lines here
and there as Jordan's engineer friend.
problem with the Green Lantern lies with the evil side of the story; Peter
Sarsgaard's Hector Hammond, who's Jordan's nemesis and infected by Parallax
early on, seems to simply become the equivalent of Frankenstein's monster as he
lumbers around the screen, howling and becoming the Jekyll character. Sure there
are jealousy and daddy issues for him to deal with, but it's a one note
performance from Sarsgaard which doesn't deliver by any stretch of the
All in all, I don't think The Green
Lantern has enough to really stand out in the superhero crowd; it lacks the
grittiness of a Batman, the everyman appeal of a Superman and the fun offered up
by this year's Thor.