Green Lantern (2011)

“Green Lantern” was released in 2011. (same year Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol came out) It was critically panned by critics, fans and movie goers alike. Plus, the movie wasn’t able to recoup its $500 million losing approximately $281 million. Labeled as a box office flop. This film was supposed to launch a series of interconnected films involving DC superheroes similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU for short. Plans were scrapped in favor of restarting their planned series with Superman’s “Man of Steel” as the first entry in the DC Extended Universe or DCEU for short. To this day, Ryan Reynolds hated working on Green Lantern. Thankfully, his career bounced back with “Deadpool” poking fun at the aforementioned stinker with these words. “Please don’t make the super suit green, or animated.”

Now that Disney owns Fox, Ryan will reprise his role as Deadpool in a third solo film set in the MCU. Shawn Levy is possibly involved to direct the upcoming film. As of August 2022, no release date has been announced.

It doesn’t matter if SPOILERS are listed. This movie is a piece of crud.

Bright & Dark Aspects

Bright: Mark Strong, Geoffery Rush, Michael Clarke Duncan (may he Rest in Peace) Angela Bassett & Tim Robbins all did a solid job for their respective performances.

Takia Waititi plays Hal’s best friend, Thomas Kalmuku. Taika also hated working on Green Lantern. He’s on the A-List thanks to his involvement in the MCU.

Temuera Morrison has a small role as Abin Sur. He’s known as Hal’s predecessor.

James Newton Howard (Unbreakable, The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Hunger Games Trilogy) orchestrated the soundtrack.

Fun Fact: Mark & Temuera went on to star in good DC Films. The former played Sivana in “Shazam” and the latter played Aquaman’s dad.

Dark: Ryan Reynolds lacks redeeming qualities as Hal Jordan. He barely does anything heroic other than saving a few people at a party, rescuing Carol from Hammond and defeating Parallax.

I just realized this movie wasted a golden opportunity to focus on Sinestro’s early years as a member of the Green Lantern Corps building up his journey to obtain the yellow ring.

Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro, Casino Royale) did a terrible job directing Green Lantern’s cinematic debut. He didn’t bother to double check the script.

Action Sequences are plain dull as in staring at wet paint on a wall waiting for it to get dry.

Visual Effects look obviously fake. Especially Hal’s green suit. Whenever Hal is wearing his suit, you can tell his body is all CGI minus the head. Madame Leota’s (from The Haunted Mansion) head inside a crystal ball is more authentic. Peter Sarsgaard’s Hammond’s swollen face is so ugly he looks like the Lyoko Warriors if they got stung by a bee. “Code Lyoko” gets a pass for its unique anime style. Hammond’s head doesn’t suit well in live-action format. Peter later played Gil Colson in Robert Pattinson’s “The Batman.” An actual DC film.

In the comics, Parallax can alter his body into a scary insect or a dragon. Sadly, he reminds me of the poop monster from “Dogma.”

First Act is boring as heck. It took 40 minutes, until Hal finally wears the suit. I’d rather watch that “Duck Dodgers” crossover episode “The Green Loontern” with Daffy Duck interacting with the Green Lantern Corps.

Hammond mentioned he fell in love with Carol. A Love Triangle never happened in the beginning between Hal & Hammond trying to win the heart of the girl. The Love Triangle in “The Dark Knight” involving Bruce Wayne & Harvey Dent trying to win Rachel Dawes’ worked well.

I swear to the God I’m not totally making this up. Hal uses his ring to save a few people with a Hot Wheels racetrack. It’s not an awesome scene, it’s a blatant toy commercial to sell a Green Lantern themed Hot Wheels set. EGADS! Basically, “Batman and Robin” all over again! I’m giving this con Triple Points. Because it’s the worst part! In the words of “Freakazoid!” “How toyetic can you get?”

I didn’t care about Hal’s chemistry with Carol. Blake Lively & Ryan are happily married and have three kids. They’re chemistry in real life is legit.

Hal’s flight test is a rip-off of the first “Iron Man” with Tony Stark testing out his suit flying up in the air to solve an icing problem.

Amanda Waller is supposed to be a no-nonsense government agent, not a scientist. No disrespect to Angela Bassett, Viola Davis matched Amanda’s role in the comics. Angela is doing ok in the MCU.

When Hal attempts to say the oath. He says these words… “To infinity and beyond.” My initial reaction is “How dare you!”

Hal beats Parallax by pushing him towards the sun. Goku already did the exact same thing with Cooler in “Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge.” What a rip-off!

A Mid-Credits Scene with Sinestro putting the yellow ring on was supposed to set up a sequel only to end up like “Mac and Me,” “Super Mario Bros Movie” Ang Lee’s “Hulk” & “The Last Airbender” never moving forward.

The Final Verdict: F, FOR FAKER!

Green Lantern is one of the worst DC Comics based movies to ever exist on the planet along with “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace,” “Steel,” Batman and Robin, Halle Berry’s “Catwoman,” “Jonah Hex,” Joss Whedon’s “Justice League” and the last one I considered the worst is “Teen Titans Go to the Movies.” WB better not scrap an upcoming Green Lantern series on HBO Max. They recently cancelled “Batgirl.” I wanna see John Stewart make his live-action debut in the upcoming series. Because he’s my favorite Green Lantern since Cartoon Network’s “Justice League.”

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