Green Lantern

Rated PG-13 105 min. 2011

In a summer already being defined by a glut of superhero flicks, here we get a crash course in exactly how not to make one of these films. In the worst of times, even the lousiest of comic book properties should be entertaining. What a world we live in when someone can make a movie about guys flying around space fighting aliens that’s sleep-inducing. Cocky test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is given a mysterious ring by a dying, purple alien (Temuera Morrison) that grants him super powers and entrance into the Green Lantern Corps, a group of what amounts to interstellar cops. At the same time, there’s an evil force named Parallax, the giant, tentacled, physical embodiment of fear, which is running around space, destroying worlds, sounding like Orson Welles in that Transformers movie and basically being evil. So does Hal run out in space with his fancy new power ring and rip Parallax a new singularity? Nope, instead we get stuck in the origin story hell, while Hal sits around and suffers through a crisis of conscious — and confidence — over whether or not he can really be a Green Lantern. Plus, being a superhero, he’s got some daddy issues he’s got to work out first. Actually, everyone in this movie has daddy issues, including our other bad guy Hector (a nerdy, skeezy Peter Sarsgaard, who also happens to be the best thing in the movie). Green Lantern does get some things right here and there, namely in the ways it attempts to subvert superhero conventions, like how Hal’s Lone Ranger mask doesn’t make for much of a disguise. But even this sort of post-modern take on super heroes has been done before and done to death already. For a film that’s so ensconced in its own sci-fi mythology, there’s a definite lack of anything new (and worse, anything fun) coming along with it.

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Official Site: greenlanternmovie.warnerbros.com

Director: Martin Campbell

Writer: Michael J. Green, Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, John Broome, Gil Kane, Mart Nobell and Bill

Producer: Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard and Blake Lively

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