Thursday, June 16, 2011

Green Lantern - Movie Review

The latest superhero movie out this summer, Green Lantern, casts Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, a test pilot who is haunted by the death of his father from a plane explosion and lives life recklessly. When Abin Sur crashes onto Earth after a fight with Parallax, a large entity that feeds on fear, his ring seeks out Hal as the new recruit of the Green Lantern Corps. Hal is thrown into the Planet Oa and is educated and trained as one of the protectors of the universe. At the same time, scientist Dr. Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) is chosen to examine the alien body and is infected by Parallax, and he becomes a puppet for Parallax, to kill Hal and anything that gets in his way. Hal is reluctant to play the hero at first, but after rescuing old girlfriend and fellow pilot, Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), the heiress of Ferris Air, from the theatrics of Dr. Hammond, Hal is urged by Carol to stop being afraid and do something he believes in for once. With the threat of Parallax destroying Earth in the form of dark brown snaking clouds (looks a lot of dreadlocks to me!), Hal steps up and rises above his fears to embrace his new powers and to save Earth.

While thoroughly enjoyable, Green Lantern is not the best superhero movie out this year. The script does a decent job of describing what the Green Latern Corp and the Planet Oa is about, but I wish they would have given more screen time to the others in the Corp. The 3D makes the Planet Oa look really cool, and there are definitely a lot of 3D scenes throughout the movie. There are some great visual effects (nothing as spectacular as in Thor though) and the movie is great to tide fans over until the next superhero movie. Stay for the credits - there is a scene that reveals who becomes the villain in the next movie!

Green Lantern comes out in theatres this Friday, June 17th.

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