Movie review – An esoteric glow from Green Lantern

2011-06-25 10:07

Green Lantern (Nu Metro) is the latest superhero from the DC Comics library to be put to the reel test. He is from the same stable as Superman and, like his more popular comic book brother, his power is provided by alien technology.

Ryan Reynolds is Hal Jordan, a selfish test pilot who is transformed into an intergalactic crime fighter after a close encounter with an alien life form.

Green Lantern, which refers to the name of the alien police force, was first published in 1940. It was discontinued after the second world war and resuscitated in 1959 with Jordan as the wearer of the all-powerful ring.

Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively is Jordan’s conscience and love interest, while Peter Sarsgaard leaves the independent film realm to become archenemy Dr Hector Hammond.

The concepts in this comic book are harder to translate into the more simplistic medium of film than, say, Superman or Batman.

This is because this comic deals with lofty things. For example, Green Lantern’s ring is forged from willpower – to wield it, courage and imagination are needed – while the villain’s power comes from fear. There’s a lot of talk of universal truths and rights.

Reynolds makes a handsome hero, though he’s more pecs than personality, and Sarsgaard is suitably twisted as the baddie.

But when it comes to popcorn entertainment, I suspect that fans of the superhero genre prefer brute strength à la Thor to esoteric musings on our place in the universe. 6/10 

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