My oldest daughter took me to lunch at a fine Indian restaurant, and then we went to see Green Lantern on Father’s Day. I just love mango juice, and they had mango pudding. Back to the film:
The film was better than I anticipated. Based on the reviews, I knew pretty much the faults of this Warner superhero production.
Growing up, I never got into the Green Lantern comics. I kept to Superman, Batman, Flash, etc. The Green Lantern never impressed me.
Back to the film: the opening sequence reminded me of Top Gun. Hal Jordan was just as cocky as Maverick with an arrogance which covered issues concerning their famous fathers.
Everyone knows the story of the dying Green Lantern whose ring chooses Hal Jordan to carry on the noble profession of the legendary Green Lantern Corps. The Green Lantern Corps is like the French Foreign Legion with members from a vast array of alien species. As fate would have it, Hal Jordan becomes the first human to join the illustrious ranks.
You have the Guardians of the Universe who created all of the cosmos. They don’t seem to do much except talk. However, they are hiding a terrible secret which could destroy the cosmos.
You must have a super-villain. Parallax is just about as evil as they come in comic book lore. Its translation to the big screen reminded me of the smoke monster from LOST, the ABC television series. Parallax is certainly no Darkseid which the tenth season of Smallville brought to life beautifully as Clark Kent prepared for the ultimate showdown as earth hung in the balance.
Parallax wanted to destroy or suck the fear out of the inhabitants of earth as well. The attack on the city was reminiscent of the recent War of the Worlds where people are zapped and sucked dry. It would be hard to stand there and watch this smoky entity crawl over buildings without taking flight. Humans are just not prepared for an alien invasion. Fear is a dominant emotion when faced with the unknown.
I was disappointed in the portrayal of Carol Ferris. Is it unreasonable to ask for the female lead to be intelligent and beautiful at the same time? Her swooning over the suit and man behind the suit and being outsmarted by Hal Jordan in the beginning of the movie was sad for a character who had so much potential, yet it never was allowed to materialize except briefly in the battle with Parallax.
Green Lantern has its humorous moments, serious moments and its share of the ridiculous elements. If you are a Green Lantern fan, you may be wishing the director and script writers had discussed this film with you. In the final analysis it is the fans which will make or break a movie.
There are two DC universe animated original movies which do an excellent job of telling the story of Hal Jordan’s transformation into a Green Lantern: Justice League: the New Frontier and Green Lantern: First Flight.
My overall rating is three stars for the following characters: Hector Hammond who deserved a better poker hand than the one he got from his father and Parallax; Sinestro, multi-layered character, whose frustration with the Guardians led to a surprise twist at the end; and Abin Sur, the greatest Green Lantern, who understood the old ways.
Should there be a sequel? Present box office weekend take is $53,174, 303 US; $17 million foreign. The production budget was $200 million.
Green Lantern’s Oath:
“In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!“
Unfortunately, the power of the movie seems to be as dead as Abin Sur. At least Abin Sur died a noble death at the hand of his old nemesis. This film would need the Guardians of the Universe to intervene if it is to reach its financial goal.
G. D. Williams © 2011
Green Lantern Extended Trailer
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