Movie Review: Green Lantern (2011) Ryan Reynolds

Rated: PG-13
Genre: Superhero, science-fiction, action, comedy
Running Time: 1 Hour 54 Minutes
Director: Martin Campbell
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins, Mark Strong, Taika Waititi, Temuera Morrison, Angela Bassett, Jay O. Sanders, Jon Tenney

“In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan. Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.” – Warner Bros. Picture

Verdict: Utterly disappointing. Beautiful video game-standard CGs but failed to make good use of cliches, and to tell a simple story as well as the recent comic-based films. The imagination of the Green Lanterns is the only limit to the power of the ring and ironically, the makers of this film have failed to impress due to their limited imagination. Sad to see a great actor like Tim Robbins to be involved in this rubbish. However, they managed to emphasize Blake Lively’s hotness effectively. It’s perhaps the only one thing here that I’m completely pleased with.

Favourite quote/scene: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) Hal: “… he gave me this ring.” – Thomas: “He proposed?!” (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

Trilogy? No, thanks. I don’t believe there’s any interesting element left to offer from this title.

He looks like… a fitter Ben Stiller with mask on.

Wow… English is literally a universal language! The ring serves as a translator for Hal but Sinestro’s conversations with the council are in English too.

Post-credit scene: Predictable. Don’t bother waiting up for it.

Rating: 1.5 / 5

Second opinion: “The ending reminds me of Power Rangers The Movie.” – Benjamin Foo

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  1. HenRy LeE ®

    why on earth la they wanna make this movie not based on the original green lantern comic? It's like the fail version of The Green Hornet… I thought they just chose the wrong main actor since he's more like a joker than a cool superhero but oh well… i hope DC will impress us out with the sequel of the Dark Knight in future 🙂

  2. caseymoviemania

    Rubbish, you say? Wow, I don't really have much expectation for GREEN LANTERN either especially after watching a series of trailers.

    Well, let's see if I agree with your point-of-view when I watch it this weekend.

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