Green Lantern (2011)

Author Clayton Crooks
Mon 20 Jun 11
/ 5

I had been anticipating the release of the Green Lantern for some time. With the success of recent movies such as Thor, which is also a superhero movie that is based in fantasy much more than movies like the Dark Knight, I was hoping that we'd have an opportunity to celebrate another comic book hero coming to the big screen. Unfortunately, this one doesn't live quite live up to Thor or the recent X-Men offering, but if you don't compare them, you should enjoy the movie.

Let's start with the good. If you've seen the trailers for the movie, you probably guessed that the best part of the movie is probably the special effects. This movie would have been impossible to pull off without the CGI. Unlike some movies that seem to splash in visual effects to fill up some space or time even when it isn't even needed, the CGI is necessary and compelling in the Green Lantern.

Green Lantern is an origin story based on plots from the DC Comics revival of the character in the 1950s. Hal Jordan is the main character of the story and played by Ryan Reynolds. His character is a reckless test pilot, and the first ever human, recruited to join a band of 3,600 protectors of the universe called the Green Lantern Corps. A green ring actually chooses Hal after another warrior is injured.

His initial training takes place on a distant planet where he doesn't exactly fit in. During the training, he learns to use his magical green ring. This green ring is the single biggest reason the CGI is so necessary. If you've read the comic books you will also know that the ring allows the Green Lantern to conjure up all kinds of weapons. The CGI weapons play a huge role in his battle with Parallax (who is also computer generated and voiced by Clancy Brown), a gigantic demon of an a enemy that is necessary for a super hero movie.

I'd like to tell you more, but there's really not much left to talk about. This movie is totally about the special effects, and if you like movies that are heavy on CGI action sequences, you will certainly enjoy the Green Lantern. Otherwise, save your money and wait for it to come out on Blu-Ray or DVD.

Movie Trailer:

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Green Lantern Cast:

Directed by: Martin Campbell

  Writing credits: 

Screenplay: Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, Michael Goldenberg 

Screen Story: Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim

Cast (in credits order):

Ryan Reynolds: Hal Jordan / Green Lantern
Blake Lively: Carol Ferris
Peter Sarsgaard: Hector Hammond
Mark Strong: Sinestro
Temuera Morrison: Abin Sur
Jenna Craig: Carol Ferris at 11
Jon Tenney: Martin Jordan
Mike Doyle: Jack Jordan
Gattlin Griffith: Young Hal
Nick Jandl: Jim Jordan
Dylan James: Jason Jordan
Leanne Cochran: Janice Jordan

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