Green Lantern (2011)

The Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds) wishes his alien training instructor used mouthwash.

I know this is based on a comic book, but even so it sounds like someone is making up the narration at the start of the film. “In Sector 2814 of the universe of Mazak is the galaxy of Weebo and located there is the planet of Fircruk. Here the universe’s great guardians are able to harness the glowing green essence of willpower to overcome the the ancient evil force Zabbalax”. That’s pretty much what it sounds like only with slightly different sounding made up names.

Regular human and cocky test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is chosen to become one of the aforementioned guardians (The Lantern Corps) and although very inept to start with, he is destined to become one of the greatest guardians of all…

While not one of the most iconic superheroes ever created, The Green Lantern (Hal) does has super powers that are among the the most imaginative. Actually literally, because he is able to create anything he can imagine. A huge monster is in front of him ready to attack? No problem, he can just imagine a train track where the monster is standing and then imagine a speeding train just about to hit it. The train and track will appear – albeit in a strange green form –  and smash the monster to pieces.

I remember one of my friends posting on Facebook that he thought this was the worst comic to film adaption ever made. It could well be, but as someone who hasn’t read the comics, and therefore wasn’t taking it very seriously, I did find it quite enjoyable. The unusual Lantern powers and setting (the film is set both in space and on Earth) mean it’s unlike almost any other superhero film to date. So it is refreshing in that way. On the downside the movie does feel very lightweight in many areas, neither the script, drama, or relationships between characters really have the weight to lift this beyond a fun action piece. Enjoy it for what it is. 5/10


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