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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Movie Review: Green Lantern

Thanks to Warner Bros., courtesy of whom I got tickets to catch the 3D screening of Green Lantern.  After months of being teased about Ryan Reynolds and his amazing abs, it was time to see what the fuss what all about.  Unfortunately, it seemed that the movie was all about setting things up for the sequel and not focusing enough on the current flick.  

Notice all those Green Lanterns up on the poster above, well, that's only where you'll see most of them as most of them make brief appearances in the movie.  The film shows us how an ordinary human, Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) becomes a Green Lantern, a protector of the universe.  It's all about his journey to believe in himself and overcoming his fears.  I personally would liked to see more of the other Green Lanterns instead it seemed that one sole Green Lantern is enough to save the entire universe.  Even the action that took place on Earth seemed a bit bizarre.  What is the whole deal with Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) and why does he look so old when is supposed to be the same age as Hal and Carol Ferris (Blake Lively)?  And do not get me started on Lively, who is basically playing her Gossip Girl character, Serena's tamer version.  Very very bland.  The only saving grace of this movie are the action sequences which looked quite cool in 3D.  That's it.  

In a summer filled with superhero movies, I'm afraid this one won't be remembered much despite Reynolds and his spectacular abs.  

Directed by Martin Campbell; Written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, Michael Goldenberg; Music by James Newton Howard; Editing by Stuart Baird; Cinematography by Dion Beebe


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