Reviewed Apr 27, 2012
Nicky Kemp’s review:
I originally had no interest in this movie, mainly because I knew very little about the Green Lantern comics/characters, but what I did know had never really impressed me all that much anyway. However, after reading so many bad reviews it actually made me want to see the film just so I could judge it for myself - bad move!
My main gripe with the movie was that I found the CGI way too obvious and distracting, to the point where I actually can't remember half of what happened in the film because I was too busy cringing at the OTT special effects. As per usual, Reynolds tries his best to be humorous at times, which just makes him all the more annoying as the lead role.
Without treading too far into spoiler territory, there's one particular scene involving a helicopter/car where they clearly meant for it to be an intense action scene, but it was just so ridiculous that I couldn't help but laugh! For those of you that don't know, the Green Lantern basically wields a power ring that can generate a variety of effects based on the wearer's imagination and strength of will... and, well, lets just say that his choice of "effects" aren't exactly the best. Oh, and the fact that they made the character Hector Hammond (played by Peter Sarsgaard) look like the Elephant Man was also pretty laughable.
I chose to watch the extended cut over the theatrical version (which roughly adds about an extra 10 minutes or so, making it 123 mins in total) and is something I now regret, as I could have spent that extra time doing something more enjoyable, like watching paint dry. Seriously, I found myself checking how much more of the snot coloured characters I had to endure by checking the remaining runtime of the film every so often. And once it was finally over I didn't even consider having a quick glance at the special features, which is a very rare thing for me to do.
Don't get me wrong though, it's certainly no Catwoman, but I'd still put it in the 'crappy superhero flicks' list along with Fantastic Four, DaredevilI, Hulk etc. I imagine kids would enjoy this kind of film a great amount, and with a 12A/PG13 rating I would honestly expect it to be more popular with the younger audience.
I'd love to comment further on the plot, but like I said, I was so distracted/bored that I probably wouldn't be able to sneak some spoilers into my review even if I wanted to!