Green Lantern has many ingredients for a summer blockbuster: a comic book superhero base, a galaxy of stars, a pinch of thrilling action sequences… all sweetened with a dash of obligatory laughs and richly seasoned with loads of special effects (in 3D, of course). Unfortunately for Warner Bros., that recipe doesn’t always translate into success. In terms of films based on DC Comics characters, Green Lantern doesn’t hold a light anywhere near The Dark Knight or Watchmen, but the good news is that it definitely overshadows Jonah Hex.
It’s most comparable to Thor in that the 3D is insignificant and almost unnoticeable. Like the Marvel extraterrestrial, Green Lantern‘s plot is way out of this world, to put it literally, but unlike Thor, it shines better when grounded to Hal Jordan’s origin story, which starts strong but fades into too many WTH moments over OMG and LOL ones. Charismatic Ryan Reynolds infuses his typical brand of humor and highlights a good cast that includes Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins, and Peter Sarsgaard. The action sequences are quite entertaining (but infrequent), and the special effects provide some nice visuals, but the CGI-heavy Green Lantern‘s emphasis on unearthly things alienates broader audiences beyond the sci-fi comic book core.
Considering that Warner Bros. Pictures hopes the DC Comics-based Green Lantern could be the potential start of a new superhero film franchise series, indicated by its stinger, the movie’s somewhat disappointing opening take could equate to a red light against further productions, especially when taking into account the film’s enormous budget. And after dropping the ball with its much-maligned marketing campaign for Green Lantern, Warner Bros. may shrink away from exploring DC Comics superheroes not named Batman. Green Lantern gets 2.5 out of 5 stars or C+ or Okay.