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June 17, 2011
Review - " Green Lantern "  -  (in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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going overboard. Back story concerning the death of his father, which he witnessed as a child, is well-handled and provides
good turmoil for him to wrestle with as he struggles with his new-found responsibility. Hector Hammond may not really get
much to do in the grand scheme of things, but he is an interesting character, beginning as a well-meaning scientist who is
then gradually seduced by the energy of fear. Somewhat underused, Mark Strong is excellent as Lantern Sinestro, who is
suspicious of Jordan since he's the first human Lantern but grows to respect him and see his worth. Unlike the recent
Batman movies, which seem concerned with getting as far away from their comic book roots as possible and instead
grounding their characters and stories in a strict reality, this movie totally and unapologetically embraces its epic comic book
world. And through all the action, suspense and character turmoil, it never takes itself too seriously. It's a fast-paced action-
adventure that lets us enjoy the ride to strange worlds and meet bizarre alien characters, and we have fun every step of the
way. While other Lanterns such as Tomar-Re and fan favorite Kilowog appear, they never take the focus away from Jordan,
the way Captain America occasionally did with some of its supporting characters. Angela Bassett is good as Amanda Waller,
lacking the rotundness of her comic book counterpart but capturing her intelligence and no-nonsense business personality.
The only real weak point of the film is Blake Lively as Carol Ferris, Jordan's love interest, who lacks chemistry with Reynolds
and gives a lifeless performance. Instead of a subplot with her, I wish the film had focused on a budding friendship between
Jordan and Sinestro instead. As Sinestro later becomes a villain in the comics, it would have been nice to set up a good
friendship between them in this film before his inevitable turn in a sequel. The special effects are dynamite and some of the
best of the year. The alien Lanterns look like living, breathing creatures, the constructs emitted by the rings are right from
the comic books, and the climactic battle with Parallax is exciting.

Directed by Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Vertical Limit, Casino Royale), the film maintains a good momentum. Between the
dazzling special effects, colorful characters, and development of Hal Jordan from arrogant show off to greatest Lantern the
Corps has ever seen, Green Lantern is one of the better comic book adaptations and a really fun movie. As an action-
adventure sci-fi film, it’s very enjoyable and definitely deserves a viewing.

I would be really happy to see a sequel… a simpler, tighter sequel. I like Hal Jordan and the Lantern Corps. And there is a
sequel set-up a couple of minutes into the credits. I bet that could be a very good summer comic book movie.
Green Lantern
Directed by: Martin Campbell
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark
Strong, Tim Robbins, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Clarke

The Green Lantern Corps is an intergalactic peacekeeping force.
When the being known as Parallax, made up of the essence of
fear, escapes its imprisonment, Green Lantern Abin Sur is attacked
and seriously wounded. Crash landing on Earth, he commands his
ring to find a worthy successor. Test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan
Reynolds) is chosen, and the dying Abin Sur appoints him as a
Green Lantern. Jordan is later transported to the Corps home
planet, Oa, where he meets other Lanterns and learns the scope of
the powers bestowed upon him by the ring. Meanwhile, scientist
Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard), infected by a piece of Parallax
while performing an autopsy on Abin Sur, begins to experience
physical transformations and develop psionic powers. Jordan
discovers that Parallax is approaching Earth and pleads for help.
When the Corps refuses assistance, believing humanity too young
and arrogant to save, Jordan decides to take on Parallax himself,
risking everything to save his planet and the entire galaxy.

Setting this apart from other superhero movies is its scope. Instead
of the rooftops of Spider-Man's New York City or the dark alleys of
Gotham City, the entire galaxy is our hero's playground. With lavish
visuals, it plays more like a science-fiction space epic than a typical
superhero story with capes or mutations. Ryan Reynolds makes
Jordan a likable hero, giving him a sense of arrogance without