Father’s Day Movie Review: Green Lantern

Well, just got back from the epic film “Green Lantern”. While I was skeptical on the movie from reading other reviews before watching it myself, I have to say it was frickin awesome.

Story: B+

The story is true to the core. I remember watching a Green Lantern comic book cartoon and also reading them. This story is right on track 90% of the time. I only can’t figure out the new enemy in the movie, but after the seeing the presentation and CGI… it didn’t matter. Which brings up my next point.

Presentation: A+

The CGI was awesome…. Since I know the Green Lantern gets all his power from the ring. It’s not hard to believe the amazing stuff that he can do. This is a plus, because some super hero’s don’t have special powers and it’s truly hard to believe some of the amazing things they do… (Dare I say Dare Devil Movie with Ben Affleck). Anyhow, the animation and CGI was super. Guys should love this!

Overall: A

Overall, the movie was great. A nice movie to take the kids to see or just relax in the theaters with a cold cherry coke, box of pop corn and twizzlers. The story was sound, CGI was gorgeous and was truly fulfilling as a nice movie to relax on a Fathers Day.

Here Is Another Review From AskMen.com

He’s no Batman or Superman, but the Green Lantern is getting a chance to prove that even second-tier superheroes can light up the box office. But it takes more than a big budget and fanboy appeal to launch a new summer franchise, and this stale origin story doesn’t look like it has what it takes to follow Iron Man’s surprise ascent from relative obscurity to household name.

Ryan Reynolds stars as Hal Jordan, a cocky test pilot crippled by painful flashbacks of his dead dad along with a litany of other superhero clichés — until a dying purple alien named Abin Sur entrusts him with a magical green ring and enlists Jordan into an intergalactic police force called the Green Lantern Corps. The first human to join their ranks, Hal is immediately put to the test when the Lanterns’ greatest enemy, a shadowy entity who feeds on fear called Parallax, sets its sights on destroying Earth.

55 Critical Appeal

Director Martin Campbell has dealt with large franchises and their accompanying large expectations before, introducing not one, but two new Bonds, with GoldenEye and Casino Royale. But Campbell nevertheless struggles to hit the right tone with Green Lantern. Between all the CGI and the action, the alien worlds and our own, there’s a lot to balance here, and he simply has trouble getting all the pieces to fit together. The segues between scenes are awkward, and the performances uneven (as is often the case when half the cast is interacting with a green screen).

And because Green Lantern’s a lesser-known property to most mainstream moviegoers, it necessitates a lot of set up. To help fill audiences in on the comic’s backstory and its sci-fi/fantasy world of magic rings that run on sheer willpower, there’s some useful opening narration, and most of the rest gets explained while watching Hal get beaten up in the obligatory training montage. Unfortunately, however, the human character development is just as clunky, and all the expository dialogue shows through as clearly as Reynolds’ six pack in his CGI suit. As it stands, neither plotline ends up being all that compelling. If only the Green Lantern could’ve willed himself into a better movie.

70 Guy Appeal

Superhero movies don’t have to be Oscar contenders to entertain the summer-movie crowd, but even on the level of pure spectacle, Green Lantern leaves something to be desired. Rarely has a movie with such a grand scope felt so inconsequential. The climactic showdown with Parallax is a worthy showstopper, but by the time it gets there, the movie will have tested the patience of all but the most ardent fanboys. It’s tough to make what’s essentially a sooty yellow cloud a compelling and suitably threatening villain, but credit goes to the special-effects team for giving Parallax his proper menace. Still, the first time Green Lantern publicly shows off his powers, the movie seems more concerned with nailing the product placement than the special-effects action.

But, ultimately, it’s Green Lantern’s lackluster story that lets it down more than its CGI. All the obligatory superhero beats are here: Hal’s granted power, has fun with it, decides he’s not up for the responsibility, then changes his mind just in time to save the day. We may not be familiar with all the specifics of Green Lantern’s backstory, but we’ve seen this same origin story done time and time again. And, more importantly, we’ve seen it done better.

Read the full review at AskMen.com

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