Finally Watched… Green Lantern (2011)

I, Hal Jordan, do solemnly swear to pledge allegiance… to a lantern, that I got from a dying purple alien in a swamp.

So obviously I have heard a lot of not so great comments surrounding this movie, which is why it has taken me so long to watch it – but I will remain as impartial as possible.

There was a great introduction to the origin of the Green Lantern Corp, which is essentially an intergalactic police force. With the universe split into 3600 sectors, a member of the Corp polices their sector with the power entrusted in them to harness and control willpower. Abin Sur – protector of sector 2814 – is injured by a previously imprisoned foe Parallax who feeds off of fear. Barely escaping, Abin Sur crash on earth and tells his power ring to find a worthy successor. Hal Jordan. Brazen, good looking, irresponsible and selfish, takes his place as protector of the galaxy.

Right so this film wasn’t terrible per se, I just felt like there was no real sense of urgency in anything that was happening which meant you were never glued to the screen. A flying man in a green suit creates a race track and no one asks how? You wake up on a different planet and you’re not the slightest bit freaked out? There’s a fear consuming monster coming for you and you’re okay with that? The never ending acceptance across the board was both annoying and unrealistic, therefore making the film less than what it could have been.

Naturally all of my impartiality went right out of the window when I saw that Green Lantern was produced and written by Greg Berlanti. For those of you who don’t know who he is, head over to The CW or Sky One and check the credits on; Arrow, The Flash, DC Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. Yeah –  that Greg Berlanti. However he was one of four writers of the screenplay, and though he collaborated with people he had previously worked with, perhaps it all boils down to the simple proverb: Too many cooks spoil the broth.

Let’s just all agree that Ryan Reynolds looks much better in black and red.



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