Review: Green Lantern

CGI Overload.

Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is a test pilot that ends up being the first ever human chosen by the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic group that tries to keep the peace throughout the universe. He's the new chosen one, as he begins to master his newly acquired powers he's faced with an even bigger challenge in the form of Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard)

One of the things I always enjoyed about the Green Lantern comics were how unique they were. Their stories, and our hero always marched to the beat of their own drums. The movie didn't capture that feeling. It had a $300 million dollar budget that is over done with too much CGI and what felt like a last minute change that called for cramming too many story lines into one film.

I blame the studio. With that budget, I expect some Lord of the Rings worthy CGI, but I didn't get that. At first it was nice to look at, but then it just became too much. It almost started to remind me of the Speed Racer movie, which is the equivalent of what I imagine having a 2 hour seizure is like. The pacing of the movie started off a bit slow, then felt jammed back. It's certainly not the cast or the director's fault. I thought Reynolds was closer to Green Lantern than he was at his last attempt to recreate a comic book character. (Deadpool) Peter Sarsgaard is a joy as always and director Martin Campbell is great with action sequences. Its not a bad movie, it just fell below my high expectations.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: C+

Memorable Quote: "In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, Beware my power.. Green Lantern's Light." Hal Jordon (Ryan Reynolds)


  1. i had fun with this movie. like you said, it's not perfect. but ryan's charm as well as the greatness of mark strong really carried i through the flaws.

  2. The mythology is nonsensical and the plot takes forever to get going. But once it does, the movie takes advantage of a strong cast and a director who knows what he’s doing. Good Review! Check out mine when you can!


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