June 22, 2011 by Vinnie Leduc
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. C
harismatic 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.