Green Lantern’s Lukewarm First Flight

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Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Temuera Morrison, Tim Robbins, Angela Bassett
Director: Martin Campbell
Writers: Greg Berlanti, Michael Goldenberg
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

“In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!”
Green Lantern Oath

A couple of people out there might have expected the Green Lantern character in this movie adaptation to be the black skinned version (John Stewart) they are used to. So without further ado, let me quickly clear this up. Hal Jordan the Green Lantern corp-member featured in this movie was actually the first human to join the Green Lantern Corps and was introduced as far back as 1959. While John Stewart, who is designated as Earth’s sector “backup”, was introduced in 972 and was made famous amongst numerous people thanks to his inclusion in Justice League/Justice League Unlimited (2001-2006).

This movie adaptation is based on Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynold), a carefree test pilot who was chosen by the ring of dying alien Abi Sur, who crash landed on earth, to take his place as a Green Lantern. Being the recipient of the ring, Jordan gets a magical lantern Abi Sur to which he is expected to “Speak the oath” plus he becomes part of the intergalactic police force, Green Lantern Corps, which has been around for millenniums.

While trying to get used to his new found responsibility, Jordan is swept off to Oa, home  of the Green Lantern corps where he finds out he’s not alone and what is expected of him. Not too pleased with the way things are turning out, Jordan returns to Earth with his mind set on forgetting about the whole thing. However Earth needs a hero when Parallax, a being that feeds on fear and whom just recently broke free from his prison arrives on Earth to add her to his number of destroyed planets.

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Being a huge fan of Ryan Reynolds and a lover of the Green Lantern series, i had this movie marked as one of those movies released this year that would have me sucked in from the beginning till the the very end. Alas not all that glitters is gold as the writers of this movie were not creative enough and the movie just failed to pick up and gain momentum.

This movie had it’s cast properly put together and the script followed the origin of Hal Jordan as captured in the Green Lantern comics. However one thing it didn’t have was depth and the ability to captivate viewers. For those that have seen The Dark Knight (2008) you’d understand what i mean by “ability to captivate viewers” as that is one movie that kept me glued to my seat for the whole duration thanks to the brilliance of Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Prestige) who directed it.

For a movie which has got a production budget of $200million, i certainly expected it to be offer MORE (in the voice of Agent Smith) and seeing as it failed to achieve that feat with me and lots of other  viewers (going by Box Office records), i really am surprised there’s already talk of a sequel.

One of the Movie Markers in Beirut – Lebanon who gave The Hangover 2 10/10 and happens to be a die-hard lover of Green Lantern went to see this movie on the day it premiered and i remember him buzzing me the moment he got out of the cinema just to tell me it was one of the craziest movies he’d seen.
At the end of his adulation, i asked him to rate the movie on a scale of 1-10 and he gave it 8/10…Hmmmm!! Draw your conclusion from that. I know i certainly did and i ended up being right:)

Rating: 5.5/10

*Blogger moves back from pc to go see Transformers 3 in 3D**

Mistah Cole

Mistah Cole

is a Nigerian-born Music critic and movie blogger

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