The power of Green Lantern’s light has filled fanboys with aspirations of intergalactic heroism for more than 70 years. On Friday, June 17, the warrior of emerald willpower will finally light up the silver screen. While critics have been less than enthusiastic, superhero fans will no doubt show up in droves for the light-hearted romp.
This is no ‘Dark Knight’
For better or worse, Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” has permanently set the bar for superhero films. As star Ryan Reynolds has been saying for months, however, “Green Lantern” is nowhere near as dark or serious as the ultra-popular Batman flick that made the late actor Heath Ledger an immortal. On the contrary, “Green Lantern” is geared to please the fans, said Reynolds at 2010′s San Diego Comicon. It takes the best of movies like Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and melds it with the parts that worked from the last “Fantastic Four” film, specifically the intergalactic elements.
Hal Jordan is a man without fear
The plot of “Green Lantern” centers on Hal Jordan, played by Reynolds. Despite the loss of his test-pilot father in a horrific aerial accident, Hal Jordan grows up to follow in his father’s jet wash. Jordan is a ladies’ man, and his lady is Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), who just happens to be his boss, so the two conduct their relationship in secret. One night, a Green Lantern named Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison) crashes to earth, claiming “the ring has chosen you.” Ever the seeker of adventure, Jordan accepts the jewelry and a lantern-shaped charging station.
Once the lantern battery implants the Green Lantern oath into Jordan’s mind, the test pilot heads out into space, eventually arriving on the planet Oa. The planet is the home planet of the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic, Marine-like force that channels the power of the Guardians to defend the universe against evil. Jordan trains under Sinestro (Mark Strong), Kilowog (Michael Clarke Duncan) and Tomar-Re (Geoffrey Rush) and quickly joins the battle against Parallax, the universal yellow force of primal fear. Along the way, an Earth scientist named Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) becomes infected by Parallax, and Jordan, as the Earth sector protector, must deal with the telepathic menace.
‘Green Lantern’ in 3D
According to Bleeding Cool, “Green Lantern” benefits greatly from 3D. The effects are spectacular, even if the acting is merely serviceable to the intergalactic cotton candy plot. Reynolds reportedly fills out his skin-tight emerald costume nicely, no doubt a calculated effort to attract some viewers who would otherwise be on the fence.
Play ‘Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters’
If you must miss the film “Green Lantern,” try the game on PS3 or Xbox 360. “Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters” captures the abilities of the power ring well, and the various mental offensive and defensive constructions are reportedly unlockable, writes the New York Daily News. The only serious complaint seems to be that there isn’t nearly enough flying in the game.
Green Lantern’s light
Bleeding Cool: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/06/15/review-green-lantern/
Green Lantern Oath: http://greenlanternoath.com/
New York Daily News: http://nydn.us/lKgOna
Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/green_lantern/
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