Saturday, June 25, 2011

Green Lantern (2011)

In Brightest day, in blackest night no evil shall escape my sight & those who worship evils’ might beware my power green lantern’s light.

I never got the privilege to read Green Lantern so when the news started to circulate about its forthcoming movie I was pretty excited. Let’s get this straight, if you are planning to watch this only for its story then you might find it rather inconclusive. Martin Campbell’s intension to piece together the origin of Hal Jordan as the first human to join the Green Lantern Corps was moderately effective. However with less involving characters & lack of sense of imminent danger quite precedent in super-hero based movies, Green Lantern proves to be a weak entry into DC franchise.
With a brief anecdote, we learn that millions of years ago a race of immortals dispensed the most powerful force of existence, the emerald energy of willpower. These immortals were known as the guardians of the universe who built a world from where they could watch all over existence; the Planet Oa. The ring powered by the energy of will was sent to every region of the universe to select a recruit. In order to be chosen by the ring one must be without fear. These recruits formed the intergalactic mediators known as the Green Lantern Corps. Once Parallax, an entity that fed on the yellow power of fear brought mayhem into the galaxy until it was defeated & incarcerated by one formidable green lantern member, Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison). However after many years when Parallax succeeds in escaping by mortally wounding Abin Sur, a search for his successor begins & for the first time the ring chooses a human, Hal Jordan a brash pilot. From there onwards the story goes on with his transition into a green lantern before he confronts Parallax for the final showdown.

Even though Ryan Reynolds served right as the Green Lantern, Peter Sarsgaard as Dr. Hector Hammond was remarkable; with limited time he tried to forge into a likely antagonist before he was cut short by CGI Parallax. Blake Lively as Carol Ferris & Jordan’s love interest filled the void usual in these kinds of stories. Too many characters & back stories were crammed which finally remained uncharted. Considering the colossal production budget I was hoping to see some real eye candy special effects, however they varied from impressive to sometimes passable. Taking into account Green Lantern’s immeasurable drive there was infinite possibilities of creativity. Yet Jordan’s arsenal & gadgets looked less captivating. Since from end credits it is quite obvious of future sequel, I hope DC Entertainment takes time to emphasize more on characters. The movie might work well with Hal Jordan’s devotees but to generate interest among the broad-spectrum audience would be quite taxing.

My Rating : 5.5/10

1 comment:

  1. the war movie buffJune 26, 2011 at 3:57 AM

    I don't go to superhero movies any more. I find I canot suspend reality enough to enjoy the ridiculous things that happen. I could have told you this one would stink just from the commercials. I don't get Ryan Reynolds. It seems to me Hollywood is trying to force him on us. He is not a good actor and I do not care about his abs.