We’re only three days away from the big screen release of Martin Campbell‘s Green Lantern film and everything should be shaping up to be a fantastic release. Unfortunately reviews have been coming in from early screenings and let’s just say even in brightest day Hal Jordan isn’t fairing too well with the fans. The third in a line of DC heroes to actually have their project reach their viewing audience (sorry Wonder Woman) and it looks like they might have struck out on this one.
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Let’s kick it off with some strong words from HitFix:
I don’t like “Green Lantern.”
I think the movie is pretty much inert, artificial and dead on arrival.
First, there’s no way my boys are seeing it. The movie in general appears to be written for eight-year-olds, which is appropriate, and a smart move. But Parallax and Hector Hammond, the villains of the film, seem to be in a different film, a much more inappropriate film about a giant weird turd cloud with the head of the Wizard Of Oz that sucks the skeletons out of people before they explode, and his human assistant who grows a disgusting Elephant Man head in scenes where he screams in pain and writhes on the floor like it’s a David Cronenberg film. Second, I don’t think is the first building block of a world I want to spend more time in. Unless there are some big choices made behind the scenes on a second film, I don’t have any faith in this as a franchise, much less step one in the DC Universe. Third, this is not the role for Reynolds, and it’s not his fault. The marketing is more successful than the movie, and made promises the movie just can’t fulfill. Martin Campbell is as wrong for this film as he was right for “Casino Royale.” In general, I was deflated and depressed by the film I saw.
In a summer where we’ve had some good superhero films already and we’re seeing people really start to have fun with the genre, “Green Lantern” stands out as a pretty major misstep. Visually, it’s an eyesore. It is the first genuinely ugly film shot by Dion Beebe, and between the production design by Grant Major and the New Orleans locations, it feels artificial, like the entire thing was shot on a small, dingy backlot. It feels like a pretty major missed opportunity, and I have a feeling this will be a lot more “The Shadow” than Tim Burton’s “Batman” when it comes to the general public. I can’t imagine word of mouth being any good for the film, especially not for people who are new to the character and the world.
The ring may not make mistakes when it chooses a new Green Lantern, but plenty of mistakes were made in bringing “Green Lantern” to the screen, and in the end, I have a feeling this is our one and only trip to Oa.
Super Hero Hype went after Stars Ryan Reynolds and recent b00bie flasher (we think) Blake Lively in their review:
Unfortunately, the idea that Geoff Johns’ “Secret Origins” would be used as a template are dashed fairly early in favor of a blueprint that comes from previous comic book hits “Iron Man” and “Spider-Man.” While the general story structure is the same, the movie fails to avoid some of the biggest pitfalls that comes with comic book movies, because often what works great when being read doesn’t work when you have the same words recited by actors. And really, there is no caliber of actor that could make the big cheesy speeches that permeate this movie work.
While on paper, Ryan Reynolds should make a decent Hal Jordan, his limited range as an actor is painfully obvious as he’s essentially playing the same character he’s played in every other movie only this time wearing CG spandex. He gives it a fine college effort to bring his usual charms to the character, but he’s no Robert Downey Jr. and the dialogue he’s given does little to make Hal likeable. Even worse is Blake Lively, grossly miscast as Carol Ferris, making her come across like a Valley Girl than the tough woman who will one day run Ferris Aircraft. The romance scenes between the two of them that’s constantly shoved down our throats is probably the worst part of the movie, partially because they’re so mismatched.
There’s sure to be someone out there in the cosmos who enjoys this take on Green Lantern–small children and those without overly-critical tastes in entertainment–but it just fails on so many levels, both as a movie and as a comics adaptation, that it’s easily one of the bigger disappointments of the summer.
Finally, Empire Online went right after the overall story of Green Lantern and buried it six feet under:
Former Deadpool Ryan Reynolds plays a cocky slacker foul-up with dead daddy issues (yawn!), whose recruitment into the Green Lantern Corps prompts his own sidekick (Taika Waititi) to wonder whether “on their planet, ‘responsible’ means ‘asshole’”. Like the movies’ Peter Parker or Tony Stark — and unlike the comics’ straighter-arrow Hal Jordan — Reynolds does panicky comedy schtick to delay hard-to-sell oath-reciting heroism. Love interest Carol Ferris (Blake Lively) is a patchwork of Lois and Pepper — an exasperated ex who will come back to Hal when he becomes more heroic but is mainly here to be imperilled in the climax and poke fun at the skintight CGI outfit.
Though Warner/DC aren’t apparently building up to a Justice League movie the way Marvel are shooting The Avengers, this seems like a prologue for a bigger story to come. Thousands of alien Green Lanterns are seen in a crowd scene, but only two get to speak — Geoffrey Rush-voiced fish humanoid Tomar-Re, and Michael Clarke Duncan-voiced hippo/hulk drill sergeant Kilowog. Hal has to battle on his own, since the rest of the Corps sit this one out and let the rookie defend our expendable galactic sector. Peter Sarsgaard’s head-enlarged nerd Hector Hammond, the traditional distorted mirror/rival of the hero, seems more a preliminary sparring partner than a title fight opponent, while the film’s major menace is an angry, tentacled cloud. Mark Strong simmers on the sidelines as a Corps member in good standing whose 1950s-coined name (Sinestro — it was a more innocent age) and moustache suggest he might go evil before Green Lantern 2. When the climax comes, it feels less apocalyptic than just rushed, as the hero goes from complete wash-out to standing up to a primal force of the universe in about five minutes.
Martin Campbell made Zorro and Bond work as contemporary heroes, but doesn’t quite have the feel for poor old Hal Jordan. Green Lantern is dazzling in pieces, but we’ve seen too many sharper versions of the superhero origin story in the last few years. It’s not Jonah Hex, but the battery runs low too quickly.
Great job Warner Bros., it looks like all that extra time fixing the problems you had didn’t really help in the long run. The movie isn’t even out yet and people are already digging it’s grave before the final reviews are in. We’ll just have to wait and see how things play out this Friday when Green Lantern hits the screen.
Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins and Angela Bassett hits theaters everywhere this Friday in 3D.
Via: Geek Tyrant