Monday, July 11, 2011

The Green Lantern Review..Better Late Then Never

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The Green Lantern
2011 USA

I saw the Green Lantern and I feel like doing a review is pretty pointless. It is not that the film is bad, but that it doesn't have much of a soul. I honestly like Ryan Reynolds. He is shaped like a Greek god and has a sense of humor which is both mildly irritating and totally endearing. Just Friends is a classic and probably Reynolds best work to date. But this funny man is NOT a superhero. He'd be an excellent side kick or comic relief character, but he is not believable as the leader with power thrust upon him. He is an arrogant kid with a daddy complex and the most amazing luck any human has ever experienced. He has all the classic symptoms of being a hero but Reynolds just doesn't pull it off.

The Green Lantern suffers from a lack of cinematic honesty. While watching the film I couldn't help but feel as if the SFX artists were either rushed, or not paid well for their time. The film felt 100% like a cartoon and that really pissed me off. I would have been able to forgive some of the cheesier aspects of the film if the SFX had been up to par but they fell flat.

The actress, Blake Lively, didn't make out so well in my facebook review, but now that I have had some time to think about it, I still think she is terrible. She is absolutely gorgeous, and her character is a strong, smart woman, which I am always inclined to favor. However, she has this blank stare quality to her acting which could be taken as deep thinking, but she honestly just looks confused, or bored.

This film lacked a strong director, not to say that Campbell didn't know what he was doing, but I am not sure he was prepared to handle this FX heavy film. With films like Golden Eye and Casino Royal, he is no stranger to larger than life Hollywood films, but the Green Lantern is a whole different genera, a whole different style of film that Campbell treated like a run-of-the-mill action flick instead of a superhero movie.

I gave it a C in one of my earlier reviews because 1- I do like Ryan Reynolds and 2- because I think the film benefitted from not taking itself too seriously, but I am now lowering it to an F.

F - The FX not up to par and Reynolds isn't convincing as a superhero.

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