Green Lantern Reviewed

It is the year of the superhero movies and with Marvel dominating the market in recent times, is Christopher Nolan's Batman the only fightback DC has? Well let's not even wait for the Man of Steel movie in 2012 to find out.

One of the lower profile characters in the DC universe, The Green Lantern finally makes it to the big screen and with Ryan Reyonlds playing the first Green Lantern, Hal Jordon. He seems born for the role along with other cast members Blake Lively as Carol Ferris, Peter Sarsgaard as Dr. Hector Hammond, Mark Strong as Thaai Sinestro, Geoffrey Rush as the voice of Tomar-Re and Michael Clarke Duncan as the voice of Kilowog. So does the Green Lantern have the will to dominate the summer blockbuster of 2011? Let's find out.

The Plot

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers.

But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before.

The Verdict

I think one of the things I appreciated about this film was that it layed the ground work for newcomers to this franchise. No doubt there are millions of Green Lantern fans all over the world eagerly anticipating this film, it also appeals to the not so familar audience.

From early on in the film, details of the universe as well as the history of the Green Lantern Corps and their ongoing feud with Parallax are all explained. And of course some quick character developments for the main cast, from Hal Jordan, Carol Ferris and a little on Hector Harmmond. I did think more could have been done with Hector's character like build on his jealously and anger towards his father but oh well, the eye candy of Blake Lively made up for it.

Ryan Reynolds fits perfectly into the role. And if you consider that Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine and Justin Timberlake were once frontrunners for the role of Hal Jordon, I'm glad Ryan Reynolds went for it because he was made to do it.

Visually this movie is a spectacle, with a good looking cast and stunning effects especially when you see the Green Lantern darting between Earth and the rest of the cosmos, it shows you what a huge universe there is out there and how the Green Lantern Corps functions as the police of the universe. Once again, good info for newbies.

There were a couple of good action sequences as well, including Lantern's rescue of an out-of-control helicopter. Watch out for this one because it was my favorite scene and it has epicness written all over it because it is Hal Jordon's first appearence as Green Lantern to the world.

With such visual effects, the life and essense of this movie or in the way it was made, "Universal Story," has to be accompanied by an inspirational soundtrack. For this, producers chose James Newton Howard, who also worked on the other Warner Bros/DC Comics based films Batman Begins and The Dark Knight with Hans Zimmer. Creating superhero themes can be difficult but James did it right from the prologue, to the flying scenes on Oa and the final battle with Parallax.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Watch out Marvel, DC is coming to get you!

Do stay for the post credits scene. Let's just say it involves a sequel that will likely please all Green Lantern fans.

Green Lantern opens in cinemas 16 July

Photos courtesy of Warner Bros Singapore

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