Review: Green Lantern 3D
They Did It. They brought it to the big screen!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.