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