Green Lantern 3D(2011)
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. Screening in digital 3D.... 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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BY 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 Lantern 3D
BY Mark-Roulston superstar
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'.Hide
BY Jordan superstar
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... More 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.Hide