Green Lantern

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Green Lantern
Hope springs eternal for the modern Hollywood superhero movie: someday, somehow, someone is going to make a real stunner. (Law of averages, right?) You feel a twinge of that let’s-do-better ambition at the start of ‘Green Lantern’, as the camera soars over a digital, yet still beautifully designed, moonscape where three alien life forms stumble on something unholy. The scene might have been transplanted directly from a 1950s space adventure like ‘Forbidden Planet’. But no sooner are we introduced to giant-floating-head supervillain Parallax – who’s out to destroy the Lanterns, the universe’s cadre of guardians – than the film takes a ruinous detour to Earth.

Enter square-jawed daredevil Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), he of the Ken doll physique and perfunctorily addressed daddy issues. The guy needs a calling, dammit! And boy, does he get one after being summoned to the side of a fallen Lantern, who gifts him his laser-lightshow ring and cosmos-protecting powers. Time to kick it into high gear, right? Uh, sure, just after we attend to Hal’s nonstarter romance with plastic girl Carol Ferris (Blake Lively, who isn’t). Oh, and there’s this other supervillain we gotta deal with – Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard, made up with a hilarious John Carpenter-esque bald pate).

Hal eventually travels to the mystical corps-HQ planet of Oa for some sequel-ready one-upmanship with baddie-in-training Sinestro (Mark Strong), and the film’s very talented director, Martin Campbell (‘Casino Royale’), handles these otherworld scenes, as well as the finale’s tentacle-tastic Parallax fight, with expected aplomb. But whenever this Lantern returns to terra firma (too often), its imaginative flights are ground beneath the DC overlords’ demographic-pandering heels.

By: Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

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Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday June 17 2011
Duration: 114 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Martin Campbell
Cast: Peter Sarsgaard
Ryan Reynolds
Blake Lively
Temuera Morrison
Mark Strong