“In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape my sight. Let all who worship evil's might, Beware my power, Green Lantern's light!” Thus decrees the Green Lantern Corps, a mighty intergalactic police force and the subject of Warner Bros' contribution to the Superhero Summer That Never Ends. But despite that stirring mantra, and despite charismatic flyboy Ryan Reynolds burning up the marque with green computer-generated flames, Green Lantern turns out to be a flightless bird. Perhaps a colourfully plumed one, but bulky and awkward nonetheless.
We wouldn't be alone in our unimpressed assessment, as Hal's new colleagues on the planet Oa (HQ for the Green Lantern Corps) are equally skeptical of this especially green greenhorn. Rookie trainer Kilowog wastes no time in showing Hal it's not that easy bein' green, and the not-quite-trustworthy Sinestro (how could you trust a guy with a name like Sinestro?) is quick to indict Hal of being more yellow than the power of fear by which he's easily overcome, due mostly to a childhood trauma involving the death of his father.
MEANWHILE, BACK ON EARTH...
Another problem is how hypocritical the film is in praising Hal's humanity as his greatest strength, when the character is neither written nor performed in a way one would expect a real human to act. He waltzes through most of the movie with a juvenile air, seeming mostly unphased by the bizarre circumstances which befall him. When waking up for the first time on Oa, he'd sooner strike a pose and admire his cool new suit than drop his jaw and admire the awe-inspiring glory of this inconceivable fantasy realm, which would surely blow the mind of any real human. But not Hal Jordon. He's too cool for that aspect of humanity.
I dunno, perhaps this is a picture that plays better to Green Lantern devotees, but that still wouldn't make it a success. I'll confess to not being familiar with the source material's allegedly rich mythology, but I am familiar with what a good movie aught to be like, and this isn't it.
** out of ****