Rating: Didn’t Suck
A Didn’t Suck rating basically means that while a movie isn’t perfect, it’s not a waste of time or money to check out if you’re interested. Pretty much everything about this movie wasn’t great, but also wasn’t terrible either. The main thing that really shined was Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern and so long as the movies don’t suck I’ll hope Reynolds remains casted as the hero.
What you may not like:
-The special effects were at times very cartoony, so cartoony, they were on par with animated movies in some instances
-Some of the story line may have appeared to be necessary to appease comic fans, but in the movie, I honestly believe it would have been better had they simply done without it, or waited for a sequel to use it, especially the whole big head guy not only did it not help the story but it took away from his journey to face Fear
-Some characters were so corny people actually laughed at them when things were supposed to be serious, scary, or intimidating, especially the big head guy
-Even though Green Lantern can do anything with his mind, the “constructs” were very bland at best, they should have hired someone just to work on the constructs and make them extremely clever to set Hal apart from other people and showcase why the ring chose him. If the movie does well and they make a sequel, this may work in their favor since it will give them a chance to show growth in ability with more creative constructs in potential sequels
-The story felt kind of slapped together, which is sad because the story was already laid out for them to pick and choose from in comics and animated movies for years now
What you may like:
-The action is pretty fast paced and edge-of-your seat
-Ryan Reynolds is funny and PERFECT as the Green Lantern
-The Aliens and stuff are all pretty cool, there’s actually thousands of Green Lanterns,
which adds a unique twist to the hero concept since Hal is just one cog in a much bigger machine
-People who weren’t familiar with Green Lantern really loved the concept of the hero and felt it was fresh and different from most other hero concepts, it definitely gets extra points for originality
-The concept and theme of Fear as the enemy is very much engrained in our culture, something society has struggled with possibly since the beginning of
societies, the same goes for the power of Will and how much people doubt the power of their own Will, all very great themes and morals
-The 3D was pretty good, not the best I’ve seen, but without a doubt better than more than three quarters of the 3D movies that have come out recently, definitely worth the extra cash
Overall, I wish they had done just a little more to polish this movie up. It had potential to be a lot more than what it was. At the same time, it was good enough that I’d go see a sequel. As I left the theater, my friend felt the same as I did about the movie. I heard three other people say that it sucked horribly. Two people said it was awesome and they wanted to see it again. So I think saying that it didn’t suck is a good assessment. Either you’ll agree, you won’t disagree too much, or you’ll be pleasantly surprised depending on your taste. All good things when deciding if it’s worth it to drop like 14 bucks on a 3D movie. I’d say full price is worth it if it’s 3D. Matinee pricing for a 2D version. I’d only spend about 14.99 on a DVD. Blu-Ray will probably just accentuate the cartoony-ness of some of the effects and actually take away from the movie.
Now, while Johnny Blaze and Captain America will be played by the same person, we’ll have to see if Dead Pool gets made (Reynolds played Dead Pool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, there are talks about making a Dead Pool movie now) and how audiences feel about seeing the same faces in different heroes. On top of all that, the idea has been kicked around of also having Reynolds play The Flash… which would actually work too, lol, so I don’t know. We’ll have to see which franchises Reynolds decides to attach himself to. They’re all wise cracking super heroes and if he over-does it people might start to forget that he’s an amazingly diverse and truly talented actor. His performances in “Definitely, Maybe”, “The Nines”, “Buried” and “The Amityville Horror” remake alone show a full spectrum of ability. I’d like to see him play some sort of charming serial killer type, maybe one day they’ll remake American Psycho or something. That would bring the different archetypes he plays into one character. Anyway, back on topic, Green Lantern:
What did you think?
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