I had extremely high hopes for this film after seeing the trailers, but I was really concerned after reading all of the poor reviews that it was
receiving. I have been a big comic book fan ever since I first received my first comic book at five years old. I didn't really read them or
understand them until I was older, but they've always been an important part of my life. Comic book films often differ from the source material
because it's really difficult to get the general public to let go of reality and immerse themselves in fantasy.
Some films do it better than others, Batman had to sacrifice the tights and some of the more goofy members of his rogues gallery in order to be taken
seriously as a film. In the films, Batman was largely rooted in reality, with believable situations and characters. All audiences had to forgive was
that they were seeing a guy wearing a bat mask (that really looks very little like a bat anyway). In Iron Man, we're introduced to a character that
creates a robotic armor suit for himself that looks like reasonable futuristic technology.
In Green Lantern, Hal Jordan uses the power of his ring to create whatever he can think of in his mind. Often he creates a giant green fist to punch
his enemies, in one scene he creates a hot wheels racetrack in order to guide a crashing helicopter to safety. It sounds awfully goofy, and it
completely is. You can argue that it was just the first thing Hal Jordan could think of in that desperate moment (and we do see the character playing
with his nephew's toy race track just prior to this scene), but it is still very silly and overall seemed more like a complicated rube goldberg-esque
plan to rescue this helicopter. Green Lantern is as hard to buy in the real world as Superman is, with his red and blue tights and underwear worn on
the outside. But I really don't think that's the right way to watch this film. You have to really drop your guard with this film, to relax and not
see this reality as the same one that we live in, as we comic book fans do when we read our comics. If you have seen a film like "Scott Pilgrim vs
The World" and enjoyed it, watch this film with those same eyes and I think that you will find this film to be really fun. I definitely did, I
enjoyed this film much more than "Thor", and I felt like a kid again seeing this film.
The acting impressed me. At times in this film, Ryan Reynolds showed himself to be capable of much more than the go-to class clown personality actor,
the role he seems to be in every movie (and this one is no exception). I felt that he really put everything he had into this film and has a few really
shining scenes. The best performance in this movie is Peter Sarsgaard's Hector Hammond. The character is undeniably creepy and insane. Mark Strong's
Sinestro is great as well. I've heard a lot of negativity about Blake Lively's acting in this film but I really saw nothing wrong with it, she seems
to be a capable actress. The character of Carol Ferris is a bland generic love interest that's no better than Natalie Portman's Jane Foster in
"Thor" but I have no complaints for Lively's acting. I had no idea who she was before this film, so I had no preconceptions about her.
Although I think the mask still looks a little off, I thoroughly enjoyed the CGI in this film but I did not get the pleasure of seeing this in 3D
because my local theater doesn't have that. I've never seen a film with so many aliens that are so numerous and diverse in appearance, which I think
the ufophiles here at ATS might love. Kilowog, Tomar-Re, Sinestro and the Guardians are all perfect and come straight out of the comics.
2 thumbs up (and 2 more glowing green thumbs that I created with my mind!)