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Film Review: The Green Lantern (2011)

The Green Lantern (2011). Directed by Martin Campbell. The film starts with some exposition about the Green Lantern Corps, a group that were formed by the immortal Guardians. Said Guardians used the green essence of willpower to create 3,600 power rings which were then distributed evenly across sentient life in the Universe. An alien member of the Green Lantern Corps, Abin Sur, fought and defeated the evil Parallax, and imprisoned him on the planet Ruyt. An alien spaceship crash lands there and they unwittingly free Parallax from his prison. Six months later Parallax has killed four members of the Green Lantern Corps and destroyed two worlds. When Parallax attacks Abin Sur's region of the Universe he fights back but is mortally injured. Sur escapes and crash lands on Earth, willing the essence of the ring to find a suitable successor. My own real toe dipping into comics was 2000AD, so I'm not at all familiar with the classic comic superheroes from the USA, other than in film. The Green Lantern appears to be a bit of an odd one, if the plot summary so far doesn't highlight that already. I'm used to superheroes that are bitten by radioactive spiders, mutated by space rays, or just have a lot of money. A superhero that is a member of a strange alien army, and recharges his ring from a lantern... well, it isn't a great start. Despite the odd backstory though I managed to get past it, and even enjoy the concept. The idea that the powers of the ring are open to the wearer's imagination works both for and against the story, and more so the effects. The idea conceptually is great, but the items conjured felt somewhat hokey. The CG was also somewhat less than brilliant, but ultimately this wasn't a great problem for me. Much has been made of the awfulness of the Hal Jordan character (played by Ryan Reynolds), but that's somewhat overblown in my opinion. The (cliché) concept clearly is arrogant guy come good. Reynolds himself is OK, but not much more. The whole love interest story is forgettable. Overall I found it a just about engaging comic book romp, much in the vein of the Fantastic Four films. Comic book film fans, and probably those who don't get upset about bad comic book conversions, might get something from it if there's nothing else to watch. 3/5 (Average)
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