Yeah! I love comic book movies…they can be just a fun time (Thor) and/or once in a while, they can transcend their own genre, into greatness (Dark Knight). Green Lantern fails to do either of these things. It could have a been a good ol’ time but it did not know what kind of movie it wanted to be…serious and poignant or funny and casual. Why not try for a balance? I have no idea.
They had potential, which is why it is a shame. Ryan Reynolds is capable and likeable. I love most of his work–especially last year’s Buried–and thought he was a good choice to play Hal Jordan. Yet, he was not given direction on how to play Jordan and so it feels almost schizophrenic.
The plot is too simple and they do not spend anytime developing…anything. Everything feels rushed! I swear they spend 5 minutes–tops!–on his “training” with possibly two of the most interesting characters and then…poof! on to the next scene. It does not help that the world is full of characters that are flat and uninteresting.
Now a movie like this could be saved, ironically enough, by its villain. A phenomenal villain can save any movie. And again, they just missed it. Peter Sarsgaard is more than able and we saw glimpses of his evilness but, again–not enough time is spent and we end up with nothing but some smoke-blob named Parallax. -_-