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Green Lantern, Movie

Green Lantern 2011

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Ryan Reynolds is Hal Jordan, aka DC Comics' superhero Green Lantern. Directed by NZer Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and co-starring Taika Waititi and Temuera Morrison. More

The Green Lantern Corps are protectors of peace and justice in the big wide universe - a small but powerful force that has existed for centuries, a brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order. Each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But a new enemy has arrived: the Parallax. The Corps' fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal. Blake Lively (The Town, Gossip Girl) plays Hal's childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris.

The Green Lantern first appeared in All-American Comics, in 1940. Hide

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    • god

      the lamest of all the comic characters makes his lame debut. lame. even tem and taika are fail, and that hurts me to say

    • awesmeness

      god wat u said is lamelamelamelame go suck it because ths is the best charecter

    • Just Me

      Ugh, Blake Lively?? Really?!?

    • berta

      that looks like an awesome movie - yay can't wait for that Ryan Reynolds yeah

    • woods

      it look good

    • Eileen

      Can't wait!!!

    • eve

      this is a must see movie and can't wait to be awed by the amazing CGI

    • rachael kennedy

      ryasn reynolds in a tight suit whats not to love about that .. sounds good too the movie hehe

    • esther

      i luv alien movies so AWWSHUM

    • bella

      i wouldnt realy descryb eht an alien movie but it is definetly looks awesome

    • Rocketman

      This looks really cool

    • mike

      must see asap

    • Annette2

      This is one that we are all looking forward to.

    • johnnys

      haha what if the ring didn't fit

    • Timo


    • robo

      bring it on!!!!!

    • t rock

      do do do do doo

    • Theodore

      This is a awesome movie!!!!!!!!!!!must see=)

    • Raul

      I've wet my pants with excitement.

    • David2

      ryan renalds good! its going to be awesome!

    • Lexicon

      NZ director - Taika Waititi, Tem Morrison - RYAN REYNOLDS in skin tight green suit!!!!

    • Mark

      Oa noa! How bad can it get. The trailer is much better when it doesn't explain what is going on.

    • this is gonna bomb.

    • BURTS


    • Kavita-Brough2

      Is it better to watch it in 2D or 3D? this movie is post-3D, pls advise

    • Ed-Flicks

      @LuvMovies, the 3D is really good so we recommend going for the 3D option if you have the choice. :-)

    • Kavita-Brough2

      @Ed-Flicks, thx for the reply. Will watch it in 3D & pass on the recommendation to all my friends.


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Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer

A point of difference for flashy blockbuster Green Lantern is the amount of cosmic fantasy. If Batman, Spider-Man and the X-Men are grounded in a recognisable reality, Green Lantern instead jettisons Earth for the distant planet of Oa, a place of glowing things, immortal martians and thousands of weird and wonderful beings that will make for good action figures. More

Immediately this seems like a more kid-friendly outing. On the flipside, however, there’s some scary stuff involving psychological elements of willpower (green energy) and that of fear (yellow energy). It’s a bit reminiscent of Ang Lee’s Hulk: a mix of larger-than-life monsters and a hefty dose of the id.

There are no real surprises to be found, though, and aside from interesting design elements (Those of a more cynical bent might call it ugly, but let’s say kitschy), Green Lantern is largely a by-the-book origin tale. Ryan Reynolds feels jarring as the hero, he’s too self-conscious and glib to make an empathetic lead. There are plenty of small bit parts from the likes of Tim Robbins, Mark Strong and Temuera Morrison, but my favourite would have to be Peter Sarsgaard as the devious Hector Hammond. After being infected by alien juice, he’s also seemingly infected with a dose of hamminess; his brain growing to epic proportions, outgrowing his ridiculously receding hairline and making him ‘super evil’.

When it’s fun, it’s fun and the 3D is clear and effective, especially in action scenes involving malicious dust clouds or intergalactic travel. Green Lantern makes an effort to differentiate itself on an aesthetic level, but otherwise it’s what you’d expect – a special-effects bonanza following formula. Hide

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Green Lumpen

adamatdramatrain Flicks Superstar (?)

If you liked the fantasy, other planet sh*t in THOR - you'll like this. Directed by Martin Campbell in an uninspired, workmanlike fashion - this is all whizz-bang cgi and seen-it-all before superhero movie cliches. It's certainly fun and entertaining and the sense of humour saves it from being pretentious. Nowhere near as adult as Nolan's BATMAN - but nowhere near as lousy as Schumacher's BATMAN AND BOBBING - and my 5 year old loved it :)


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Not as terrible as critics would have you believe

clararar Flicks Superstar (?)

Now, this really is one movie that doesn't deserve its low rating on RottenTomatoes (only 26% so far!). It's almost like the critics collectively agreed they had given enough gold stars for the year to superhero movies, and picked this one to reverse the trend. Sure, Green Lantern isn't gritty or packed with complex issues. However, it's also well-paced, appropriately-cast, and keeps you entertained throughout. Unlike the mind-numbingly relentless action in the Transformers series, there's a good mix of everything.

Ryan Reynolds is in his element for the way the character was written, while his character transformation lacks the gravitas of Chris Helmsworth's Shakespearean performance in Thor, it still comes across alright. It helps that his chemistry with Blake Lively doesn't seem too forced, and the obligatory balcony scenes have just enough humour to keep you engaged.

Of course, there are plenty of pitfalls as well (which is what the critics have latched onto) - you pretty much have to leave disbelief at the door, and not be bothered by the cheesiness of it all. The plot doesn't exactly hold any surprises either, and pretty much unfolds as you'd expect. However, the key is that the movie doesn't seem to take itself too seriously. Overall, if you don't have too high expectations (which I'm sure most wouldn't), it's a fun way to fill an evening.


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100WordReviews Flicks Superstar (?)

Thor and X-men: First Class achieved back-to-back superhero awesomeness (to much surprise), and DC's own outlandish superhero origin story attempts to add another "-to-back" to this year's quality comic book film season. Ryan Reynolds dons the ring adequately as cocky flyboy Hal Jordan and every minute on planet Oa is gloriously realised. Too bad we spend the majority of time on generic Earth watching generic relationships accompanied by generic Baywatch music. Still, there's enough pleasing action scenes to tide most over, including a kick-ass finale. While I may not've been amazed by this first entry, I'm dying for a sequel.


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Amazing visuals, okay story

Muzzamie Nobody (?)

I like the concept and the visuals on this movie are fantastic. Watched it in 2D and you could tell that some scenes were designed for the 3D audience rather than because it was a good storyline and action sequence. The story is by the book and lacks any twists. Still there are some scary moment so I won't be letting the young kids see it.
Some great moments made it a good night out - the homage to Superman movies, some great roles by the supporting characters and some great comedic moments.


  • Midge

    Great review!!

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Interesting misfire

Mark-Roulston Flicks Superstar (?)

Let me begin this review by mentioning where I stand on comic books. I rarely read many anymore, but in the past I have dipped my toe into a few series and enjoyed them, even forming limited attachments to certain characters, and as such I have feelings and opinions concerning how they are portrayed on screen. Green Lantern was not one of these characters. I was aware of the basic story, had some sense of what his powers were, and I even had a Green Lantern action figure as a kid. But I never read the books, and so, approaching Martin Campbell's Green Lantern, I really had no idea what to expect. What I saw in the trailers looked cool enough that I was excited by what this film could be, but my usual gut-feeling about how a movie will turn out was absent. After seeing Green Lantern this morning, I'm still at a loss to describe how I feel about it. The film features some of the most interesting and stunning visuals I've seen in a while, certainly streaks ahead of this years previous comic book offerings X-Men: First Class and Thor, but, regrettably, the quality of the visuals can't make up for the muddled plot and dreadful pacing issues, particularly in the film's conclusion.

There is a lot that Campbell gets right with Green Lantern. Firstly the casting, always of utmost importance in a superhero film, is solid. All participants make the most of their roles, with Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan a particularly inspired choice. This is the type of role Reynolds was born to play, and he clearly understands the journey Jordan takes over the course of the film. Bringing his natural charm to elevate the character above the by-the-numbers troubled hero Jordan could have been, he's the best thing about the whole film. Supports are good too, with Peter Sarsgaard wickedly creepy as Hector Hammond, and Mark Strong as Lantern Corps leader Sinestro making the best of smaller parts. It's also nice to see Campbell keeping it Kiwi with roles for Temuera Morrison and Taika Waititi, although both are underused. Campbell also nails the look of Green Lantern, and the delicate but masterful use of colour (perhaps unsurprising in a film with a colour in the title) shows his visual expertise as a filmmaker. Freed from the restraints of a realistic setting, Campbell really lets loose with his great visual style in scenes that take him away from Earth. Too often superhero films are hampered by the perceived need to keep proceedings grounded in reality to give mass audiences something to better relate to, and much like Marvel's Thor, the sci-fi heavy sequences set in far-off fantastical locations offer refreshing variety. It is however spectacularly geeky, and as much as certain core fans will undoubtedly be crying for more of this style in future comic adaptations, conservative studio thinking is likely the reason we'll never see a Green Lantern movie set entirely off-Earth.

Green Lantern, despite all it has going for it visually, falls down at the story level, perhaps an effect of having four writers working on the script at various times. Adding originality to an origin story is always going to be a challenging task, and the story spends too much time on build-up before rushing to a conclusion, which ultimately seems a touch too easy. Obviously Warner Bros. are counting on the success of the film to launch a new franchise, so therefore Jordan's triumph was a foregone conclusion, but Campbell doesn't spend enough time developing the threat presented by the film's villain, and as such when the confrontation comes it never feels like anything is really at stake. It's an exciting sequence while it lasts, despite its overly obvious terrorism parallels, but it's just over much too quickly, and the colossal visual scale of the villain which Campbell reaches for is unmatched by the battle itself. There's an uneasy balance between the small-scale human story and the epic overarching plot, and unfortunately Green Lantern comes off as unsure of what exactly it wants to be.

So, here I sit, unsure of what to make of Green Lantern. There's potential in it, elements we'll hopefully see explored in the inevitable sequel. As an introduction to a lesser known character (at least for mainstream audiences) it's passable, and for the wow-factor of the visuals alone it may be worth seeing in the cinema. Personally though, I think Green Lantern will be filed under 'interesting failure'.


  • Ed-Flicks

    This would be the longest review ever on Flicks.co.nz. Well done.

  • Midge

    This is a great review - thanks.

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They Did It. They brought it to the big screen!

Jordan Flicks Superstar (?)

As per my review for X-Men: First Class, I must state that I am a comic fan. But what makes this opening paragraph any different to that which opened the X-Men: First Class review?
I am comic fan who's favourite publisher is DC. I am a comic fan who's second (Third if we place Batman in, as he's ALWAYS my number 1 go to guy) favourite character is Green Lantern (Just behind The Flash).
So I am a comic fan who found himself completely biased and anxious walking into the cinema to see if they could truly transfer the essence of Green Lantern to the silver screen.

Boy did they.

Now to start, one thing that already put a positive spin on this movie for me was Kiwi Director Martin Campbell at the helm. When you look at this gentleman's body of work, or if you ever find yourself having to explain why he is a great director, then you can respond with this simple statement:

This man saved Bond on film. TWICE. ('Goldeneye' and then the excellent 'Casino Royale')

So there's some great news there. It also helps that he pulls in quite a bit of Kiwi power into the film through Temuera Morrison playing a character integral to the origin of Hal Jordan becoming the Green Lantern, Taika Waititi as Hal Jordan's best friend and Ngila Dickson bringing her amazing eye for costumes into play.

This movie tells a story that can simply be put as that of a human thrust into the role of an Intergalactic Space Cop. Yes, it is that simple.

Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is this human selected to be part of a group collectively known as the Green Lantern Corps. Beings are selected to be part of this group by showing no fear in the face of adversity. Once they are part of the Green Lantern Corps. they are given a "power" ring which uses the mass wealth of willpower populating the universe to do many amazing things, such as create nifty uniforms for themselves! Oh and flight, language translation, breathing in space, a protective aura and creating ANYTHING out of thought alone.
Of course for good measure we have a worthy villain thrown in through Hector Hammond (the always fantastic Peter Sarsgaard)), a love interest, Carol Ferris (Surprisingly well handled by Blake Lively, if only a little better than January Jones 'Emma Frost')) and an intergalactic supporting cast Tomar-Re (voiced by the also always great Geoffrey Rush)), Kilowog (the perfectly cast voice of Michael Clarke Duncan) and Sinestro (the 'man who can do no wrong' Mark Strong)).

Story wise I felt the pacing was great, with a nice background set up for the character. Though certain parts of the mythos have been changed to fit the big screen, it does so in a way that doesn't affect WHY Hal Jordan is a Green Lantern. There is no heavy drama which is a good thing as this is by all means a great popcorn flick in which you shouldn't have to over think the storyline to understand anything. In many ways, I felt this origin story is told in a way that is comparable to that of the excellent Marvel property 'Iron Man', if not told better!

The visual effects for this movie were always going to be tricky because not only is it intergalactic, but everything about the Green Lantern is a visual effect. His suit is created by the ring, he has the power to create anything and the majority of his supporting cast is alien.
The Sony Visual FX house have done a fantastic job with this film and it is something to see. The creation of a whole new world, the rendering and realisation of how the Green Lantern uniforms and powers work is beautiful and truly helps sell the film and all of it's fantastical elements. It's obvious that the late burst of funds to tidy up the VFX for the film truly paid off.

The final part of this review will be about something I feel I am passionately against. That is 3D. For me, true 3D will be when we finally get A) 3D without glasses or B) Holograms (Yes, I am that naive).
There have been a few films where I have enjoyed 3D ('The Green Hornet' being one, but not 'Avatar'. I know right?) as it has either drained the film of it's beauty or it has been used to make non-exciting parts of the film exciting with a jarring fourth wall experience.
Thankfully, Green Lantern is a film I highly recommend you watch in 3D as it utilises 3D to provide depth to the world without draining it of any colour (Which is quite necessary for the film).

Green Lantern, for what it took on board pulls it off successfully and leaves you wanting to see more of that beautiful world on film.

To finish, stay through the credits. You won't regret it.

Green Lantern

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Press Reviews

26% of critics recommend

Consensus: "Noisy, overproduced, and thinly written, Green Lantern squanders an impressive budget and decades of comics mythology."

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Empire (UK)

Martin Campbell made Zorro and Bond work as contemporary heroes, but doesn’t quite have the feel for poor old Hal Jordan. Green Lantern is dazzling in pieces, but we’ve seen too many sharper versions of the superhero origin story in the last few years. It’s not Jonah Hex, but the battery runs low too quickly. Full review.

Hollywood Reporter

Serves up all the requisite elements with enough self-deprecating humor to suggest it doesn't take itself too seriously. Full review.

NZ Herald (Russell Baillie)

So it turns out, it's a film that might rack up a few Lightyears but it's without quite enough Buzz. Full review.

Total Film (UK)

In a summer stuffed with superheroes, this underwhelming offering will likely leave you jaded. How it could have used some of Thor’s charm and The Green Hornet’s chutzpah. Full review.

TVNZ (Darren Bevan)

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. Full review.

Variety (USA)

An attempt to infuse an earnest piece of comicbook lore with an irreverent, tongue-in-cheek sensibility yields decidedly mixed results in Green Lantern. Full review.