17 June 11 saw the UK cinema release of Green Lantern (12A). The film is directed by Martin Campbell, whose film credits include such greats as Casino Royale, Goldeneye, and The Mask of Zorro, and such turkeys as Vertical Limit and The Legend of Zorro. So where does Green Lantern fit?
If you’ve seen the trailer, then you know it’s a CG-Eye sore. When the film is showing Ryan Reynolds as a brash and cocky test pilot, there’s not much likeable in the character. It’s only later you see a more human side to him. Peter Sarsgaard’s Hector Hammond was more likeable, as he was just an ordinary guy, teaching science, who was a failure in the eyes of his father, and ignored by the girl he desired. I found myself feeling sorry for him when he was taken over by the power that corrupts him. The CGI in the film looks ridiculous. It makes you feel like you’re watching an animated film, similar to Polar Expressor Mars Needs Moms, or the upcoming The Adventures of Tintin. The story is predictable, and hits all its notes at the right points (like first time the hero has to make an appearance, first time the leading lady is rescued, a rising super evil emerging simultaneously to the hero’s emergence. The film’s climactic scenes also have a sense of deja vu, as they appear to mirror 4-Rise of the Silver Surfer‘s scenes with planet eating Galactus.
The film is nothing new. It suffers from being an origin story, spending too much time setting the character up in ways we’ve seen far better before.
In short, the film is watchable enough, but an over-use of CGI, and too much borrowing from other movies of the genre, result in a fairly bland film. Something for a Sunday afternoon, where you can pop out and mow the lawn half way through, and return to find you haven’t missed anything. One to wait for on DVD and Blu Ray (released 17 October 11)
Rating 2 out of 5