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Nordling Says GREEN LANTERN Is Mostly Lifeless!

Nordling here.

First, what works: Ryan Reynolds really does give GREEN LANTERN his all.  He's the best thing about the film.  It's an earnest performance and you can see Reynolds kicking, punching, and dragging the movie with him.  It's unfortunate that the movie is dead weight on his back - the script is a mess, the direction is uninspired, and the pace is flat-out boring.

It shouldn't have been this way.  There are moments when GREEN LANTERN comes to life - the first 20 minutes and the last 20 minutes the film rouses itself enough for the audience to begin to care what they are seeing - but there's so much fat, so much wasted time that it doesn't earn those moments at the end that want to be triumphant.  The film works best when it embraces the silly nature of the comic book, and goes off on the flights-of-fancy that the book does.  For such an epically scaled film (or at least it wants to be) it almost seems reluctant to leave Earth.  It would rather stay here than live up to the potential of the premise - a galactic force for good fights evil throughout the universe, and for the first time a Green Lantern ring has chosen a human to join the Corps.  That human, Hal Jordan (Reynolds) a test pilot who crashed his multimillion dollar plane to make a point, has his own baggage and issues, and turns down the Corps.  In the meantime, Parallax, a giant all-consuming entity, will have its revenge on Oa, the world of the Lanterns, and the Guardians that banished him.  Here on Earth, Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) is exposed to the yellow energy of Parallax and becomes its minion, with hyperintelligence and telepathy.  If Earth is to be saved, Hal must take up his role as Earth's protector and become the Green Lantern he was meant to be.

The reluctant superhero has pretty much been the standard since these movies really started coming into prominence, but here it's just wasting time.  Much of the film has Jordan refusing to take up the Green Lantern mantle, that is of course until the plot demands he do so.  It's boring and it doesn't make for interesting cinema.  Reynolds really tries to inject some fun and energy into it, but it's the script that bogs him down.  You get the feeling Reynolds is with the audience, saying, "I know, I want to fly in space and show you amazing things too, but just bear with this part of the film because we have to make some kind of thematic point."  With the powers that the Green Lantern has - he can turn his thoughts into matter - and considering Jordan's life before then - Hal lost his father in a devastating plane explosion, and he is trying to live up to his legacy - you would think it would take all of 15 seconds for Hal to whoop it up, put the ring on, and start saving the universe.  But we're treated to long stretches of time where Hal is unwilling to take the ring, and it just weighs the film down like an anchor.

Sarsgaard, as Hector Hammond, isn't particularly good - it's a weird, almost Lynchian performance and it belongs in a completely different movie.  As his head deforms and grows, Sarsgaard screams and Brundleflys through the proceedings.  Blake Lively does really nothing here except look pretty and get into danger.  Mark Strong as Sinestro, the head of the Corps, is actually really good, but since it's Mark Strong playing him, you pretty much know where that story arc is going.  I like Strong as an actor, and I liked the passion of Sinestro's character.  But considering it's Strong playing him the post-credits scene with the character shouldn't come as any kind of surprise.

The special effects, heavy on the green screen and CGI, didn't bother me that much, and in fact the sequence on Oa, where Hal learns his role, is among the best that the film has to offer.  I really liked how striking the visuals were, and how willing the filmmakers were to embrace the weirdness of the premise.  But Oa is all too brief, and soon we're back on Earth again, moping around and waiting for things to happen.  It's almost as if the film has no sense of itself.

I didn't get much sense of 3D here - this is a film that the dimming of the screen by the glasses is a detriment.  Much of the imagery of the film is done no favors by having the brightness cut by half.  There are moments where the 3D looks interesting, especially on Oa, but I don't think it's worth the extra money.  See it in 2D instead if you have to, and the brighter images will work better, in my opinion.

GREEN LANTERN needed to embrace the wacky, weird, silly nature of the comic, and not waste so much time getting to the point.  You could feel the audience wanting the film to take them to those places, but it refuses, insisting on going the cliched superhero origin route.  Martin Campbell never really lets the film go where it and the audience want it to go, except in brief moments.  The film strains to be let free to soar, but the terrible script, the direction, and the editing keep this bird grounded.  It's a real wasted opportunity.  If a sequel does happen, Warner Brothers needs to find a way to let the movie go as big as it wants, and as silly as it wants.  Otherwise, it's just another bland, lifeless superhero film.

Nordling, out.

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  • June 16, 2011, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Poor Reynolds

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Go make Deadpool!

  • June 16, 2011, 6:34 a.m. CST

    You liked it then???

    by DirtyWookie

  • June 16, 2011, 6:36 a.m. CST

    I knew it

    by Cobb05

    After seeing the lame first footage, I knew the movie was screwed. Eveyone got way too excited over the space footage. Notice how they stopped showing most of the Earth stuff? But people were drinking the kool aid. It's a shame. I would've liked to have seen a good Green Lantern movie. That's what happens when you get a crappy director who didn't care about the character. Warners is putting a lot of money into this. So hopefully they find a director who is a fan and get someone to make a good sequel.

  • Lets reboot his Deadpool Character!

  • June 16, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    That's too bad

    by kafka07

    Wow, I won't be wasting my time with it then. I'll just go see X-Men First Class again.

  • June 16, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST

    But harry compared it to Star Wars!!!!

    by zom-bot.com

    could he be wrong? COULD HE? let's ask the free ring smothered between his fingers.

  • June 16, 2011, 6:42 a.m. CST

    The big question is ....

    by justmyluck

    ... did Harry wear his GL promo ring pwezzie to the screening?

  • June 16, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Deadpool. Lets make it happen.

    by DOGSOUP

    It'll be that totally different superhero movie we want.

  • June 16, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST

    22% right now on RottenTomatoes

    by koruption

    Xmen FC is still at 87%, even Thor is at 77%. I think we will wait a week or two and see Transformers. At least we are going into that one expecting to see shitty acting and bad CG.

  • June 16, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    it's gotta suck

    by zom-bot.com

    to ride your Rascal into a theater, box of toys in your lap, slushie in your cupholder, asian wife/nursemaid at your side, free green lantern ring greased onto your middle finger...in the company of friends and fellow reviewers who still have some respect for your cinematic opinions....the lights go low as your smile widens.... then you are assaulted by something like green lantern...after you hyped and praised the morsels you were shown. you have to look those people in the face. you have to rascal back up the aisle and try to be an apologist for the masters that now pay you off. You have to sadly get back into your van and realize you've wasted another 2 hours of your life doing what you 'love'. Watching shit like green lantern and trying to sift and find a few good solid morsels of corn or peanut in an otherwise diarrhea movie.

  • June 16, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    It's fucking bullcrap. I knew it.

    by Ricardo

  • June 16, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST

    I'll still see it for Reynolds...

    by DrGoodspeed

    but god damnit, he's a peacock... you gotta let him fly!

  • FOR YOUR TROLLING PLEASURE: Marvel Howard the Duck: Good Blade: Good Punisher (1989): meh X-men: Good Blade II: Good (I’m being nice) Spiderman: Good Deardevil: meh X2: Great Hulk: meh (personally, I like it, but I know how yall feel) The Punisher (2004):bad Spiderman 2: Great Blade Trinity: Meh Elektra: Bad Fantastic Four: Meh X-men Last Stand: Meh Ghost Rider: Meh Spiderman 3: Bad Fantastic 4 2: Bad Iron man: Great The Incredable Hulk: Good Punisher War Zone: Good Wolverine: Bad Ironman 2: Meh Thor: Good X-men 1C: Great Total: 8 good/great 11 meh/bad DC Batman (1966): Good (personally, I think great) Superman (1978): Great Superman II: Good Swamp Thing: Meh Superman III: bad Supergirl: Meh (but she was perdy) Superman IV: Meh Return of Swampthing: Bad Batman: Good Batman Returns: Great Batman Forever: Meh Batman and Robin: Bad Steel: Bad Catwoman: Bad Batman Begins: Great Superman Returns: Meh The Dark Knight: Great Watchmen: Good Jonah Hex: Bad Green Lantern: Bad (apparently) Total: 8 good/great 10 Bad/Meh Unless anyone reaaaly disagrees, I say they’re pretty even at this stage. Though it looks like Marvel has gotten it’s shit together, and has me more excited about the next 10 or so years

  • June 16, 2011, 7:01 a.m. CST

    but will it make more $$ then Super 8?

    by Titus05

    wonder how the weekend box office receipts alone will match up

  • June 16, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Yeah ok

    by CT1

    They tell me you're a man with.. true grit.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST

    I was really looking forward to this...

    by Marxeffect

    The footage they've shown even got me excited. Damn, this should have been awesome!

  • were getting somewhere

  • June 16, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    We're sorry, but something went wrong.

    by zom-bot.com

    We've been notified about this issue and we'll take a look at it shortly. FUCKSAKES. not again.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:11 a.m. CST

    is the post credit bit aything to do with krypton?

    by TheManWhoCan

    or superman at all. God I hope it is! someone spill the beans! Yes? No? If it it I might go see this like a sap that cant help himself!! If not I wont bother , too much green shit flying around .yuck!

  • June 16, 2011, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Nordling

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Sarsgaard, as Hector Hammond, isn't particularly good - it's a weird, almost Lynchian performance and it belongs in a completely different movie. As his head deforms and grows, Sarsgaard screams and Brundleflys through the proceedings. Blake Lively does really nothing here except look pretty and get into danger. Mark Strong as Sinestro, the head of the Corps, is actually really good, but since it's Mark Strong playing him, you pretty much know where that story arc is going. I like Strong as an actor, and I liked the passion of Sinestro's character. But considering it's Strong playing him the post-credits scene with the character shouldn't come as any kind of surprise.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    cant help thinking if this was called Blue lantern..

    by TheManWhoCan

    more people would see it. visual effects artists animators HATE the colour green. From a design point its horrable colour to work with. magazines dont use the colour much because it kills sales. i know the problems with this movie arnt anything to do with the colour green but it cant help the box office success much.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Ryan Reynolds should be FLETCH

    by palimpsest

    You know this to be true.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Kind of like the Green Lantern Comic

    by cookylamoo

    Short blasts of action between long explanations of how Geoff John's rainbow universe works.

  • I hate to say it, but i think the writing was on the wall. And i hate to say this in regard to a movie directed by Martin Campbel, who i respect a lot as a director. But this movie has always looked all kinds of wrong for me since it was anounced.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    zombot...

    by robo6.net

    dude, the rascal comments and greased ring... funny a shit. People throw around the term LOL, that's what I was doing. beyond the hurtful comments though, you have a good point. I really had high hopes for this. I was hoping to see something really awesome and not just another intro to the Avengers movie. ( I liked Thor, but wished it was longer and not just a 10 dollar setup for another movie) Now I'm probably still going to see it, but more as a car wreck... I'm driving down the cinema highway and I'm slowing down to see the carnage of the Green Lantern. Which so far looks to be shaping up as a head on between a neon green prism and an 18 wheeler.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Nordling...

    by workshed

    ...could a fan-edit of this film save it? How is the pacing? Could some of the (apparently) ridiculous dialogue be cut? I can see it happening as soon as the bluray materialises with deleted scenes (of which I've heard there are a few).

  • June 16, 2011, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Martin Campbell did well but

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    GRANT MAJOR. To ignore this is to ignore one of the best parts of the movie. It is a visual feast. Practical FX and make up were great. The CG was excellent save a few scenes. Some of the flaws seemed like they were on the edit room floor but you can't fault the cast and crew for that. Chop approved chopplings.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Nice to see my name is a verb

    by Brundlefly

  • June 16, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    IN BRIGHTEST DAY... AND BLACKEST TURD...

    by Astronut

    It didn't take a Mensa member to see this shitfest coming. All you had to do was open your eyes and stop being in denial.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:32 a.m. CST

    workshed

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I'm no Nordling but I saw the movie. Pacing could be saved by eliminating some Hal/Hector interaction that distracts in the middle of the film. It doesn't make too much sense and just distracts.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:34 a.m. CST

    workshed

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    If they eliminate some Hal/Hector interaction that doesn't make much sense it could improve the pacing. Less Tim Robbins too.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    we are gonna do this double post shit again?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    tighten the screws fellers. My patience extends only to GL and not much more.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Don't feel too bad for Reynolds...

    by Mariusz

    ...he's still got Deadpool. Although, there's no guarantee that'll be any good either. It comes down to this, if you're not in the hands of a certain Christopher Nolan hero-directed film, chances are you're in trouble.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Wolverine fucked up DEADPOOL

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    this kicks Deadpool in it's mouthless, adamantium sword wielding dick hole.

  • I'll pass. bring on the action.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    YOU WEREN'T THERE MAAAAAAN!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    CHOPPAH was in the shit. CHOPPAH has the thousand yard stare from being in country for far too long. How many times do I have to watch Professor X have tea and crumpets with Magneto? You cry for originality then beg for the familiar. Disgusting. Harden the fuck up.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    2011, The Year of "Meh".

    by bat725

    Seriously. Thor, Pirates 4, Kung Fu Panda 2, Super 8, and now GL. I have no hope for Cap or 'formers. What else was supposed to come out this summer?

  • June 16, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    2007

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Is that the year you were born? Your post is befitting of someone that age.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST

    How many of those movies have you seen, bat725?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • June 16, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    citizen_insane: Nice list... A little generous, perhaps..

    by Chewtoy

    ...but I actually respect that more than knee-jerk "it sucks!" proclamations. Still, I should point out that your math seems off. I count 12 films in your Marvel list that you've ranked good or great, not 8. Of course, one of them is Howard the Duck, but again, see above. Really, to me the most obvious difference is displayed by Green Lantern... Marvel has spread the successes around far more than DC, which has only managed to make the occasional good movie out of Batman or Superman. Somehow, they always drop the ball when they try it with anyone else.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Should have stuck with the "Born Without Fear" concept.

    by cookylamoo

    The original concept was that Hal Jordan was honest and "Born Without Fear" That's what made him a freak and unique among humans. You could find millions of humans who "have the ability to overcome fear". Like any kid who asks a pretty girl out on a date. So, to have Hal, the original "No Fear" guy meet an entity that embodies fear would have made a much more interesting "Hero's Journey". In the final analysis the "ability to overcome great fear" is still kind of wishy washy. "Born Without Fear" is totally fucking cool.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    WTF,

    by klytusnotdead

    I expect the reviewers on this site to express their opinion, be it good or bad, but to here all these fanboys cry about the directing and editing, fuck off. Shit, this is a bonafied Green Lantern movie, a Green Lantern movie, shit anyone remember the 80's, all these movies, were fucken comic books and now we can see them in movie form, and what do the fanboys cry about, even though only critics have seen the movie, directing, editing, for fuck sakes what are you expecting from a COMIC book movie....

  • June 16, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Ta Chops...

    by workshed

    I must have read thirty reviews now. Many of them say a lot of good elements in the movie but, as a whole, they're a mess. Now, I've seen those good people at Fanedit.org pull off some major miracles in the last few years just by cutting or adding a few scenes. Oh, btw, why hasn't AICN announced the death of 3D yet? It is official... http://tinyurl.com/6kffbte ...better luck next time, Mr.Cameron.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    For those that didn't see that... 3D is DEAD! OFFICIAL!

    by workshed

    http://tinyurl.com/6kffbte - this is Mark Kermode's report.

  • June 16, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    saw this in 3D

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It was largely irrelevant.

  • June 16, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Can you watch that Kermode report in the US Choppah?

    by workshed

    If this flops it's another nail in 3Ds coffin although it may have a life on ppv sports channels. I bet the Potter producers wish they hadn't bothered spending the extra cash on the pointless retrofit.

  • June 16, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    cookylamoo

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    that is contrary to the whole movie and to the human condition. It sounds cool in concept but when you try to teach an 11year old a lesson in a movie, "courage is conquering your fears" makes much more sense. Hal being the first human Lantern and the weakness of the human race is a central point. To have him "born without fear" would defeat that. There are an awful lot of 30 something guys who seem to want to leap over character development and jump right into it action. Foreplay people. We need to teach our 11 year old boys about foreplay.

  • June 16, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    the Deadpool movie is a reboot but still with Reynolds.

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Supposedly more like the comic source than anything ever showed in any of the X-men related movies. There's even been rumors about a (intro) scene where Deadpool watches a bit from "Wolverine", then turns and looks straight at the camera and says something like "that was bullshit". A very "Deadpoolian" scene if you will.

  • June 16, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Born Without Fear

    by zom-bot.com

    that would mean he is a sociopath or psycopath, if i am correct. not that those people can't be heroic, but typically a lack of fear goes hand in hand with lack of emotion or moral safeguards.

  • June 16, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    carl

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    they should make no reference to that diarrhea puddle. Just do DEADPOOL justice.

  • June 16, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Workshed...

    by UltimaRex

    A report by Mark Kermode is hardly official. I'll thank you to not raise my hopes like that again.

  • June 16, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    DC Comics have REALLY overestimated opening weekend.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    They've overloaded the shelves with more GL related trades and toys than even Marvel did with X-men and Thor. And I suspect one of the reasons they're rebooting their universe in two months was to take advantage of that new, summer blockbuster audience. So sad. They might as well have rebooted to capitalize on Jonah Hex.

  • June 16, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    And this suprises who?

    by christpunchers2007

    It's Ryan Reynolds. Playing a second rate character. In a PG13 movie. Reboot in 3 years?

  • June 16, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    The 3D in Thor was atrocious; last 3D flick I'll see..

    by Simpsonian

    except maybe Avatar 2...

  • June 16, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Whatta Bummer!

    by NeonFrisbee

    I was really hoping this would be good. Guess we can kiss JUSTICE LEAGUE goodbye. Oh well, at least we still have the consistently good DC animations and comics.

  • June 16, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    They really should change the origin formula in movies

    by doom master

    Maybe span out the origin in flashbacks, ala Dexter or something..That would not only make for a well rounded sequel, but it won't bog down the first movie with all that boring exposition.... The formula is old.

  • June 16, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Poor Reynolds my ass.

    by Smashing

    Look at what Downey was saying the other day about refusing to film things we've all already seen many times over, he is a star and vehicle worthy, Ryan should have driven this project with his passion, maybe he never?

  • June 16, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Who controls the films?

    by Lord Ganja

    I think the DC Marvel hit/shit list is an unfair comparison. Warner Bros. have always made DC movies and that single studio approach has yielded mixed results reflecting the different people in charge and their approach. However as owners of DC they have direct access to the comic book creator talent and should've have included them more in it. It would appear great cinema talent (Donner, Nolan & Burton sometimes) have made good DC movies whilst the others have floundered. This tells me the studio has no clear feel for their back catelogue of heroes & seem them as blockbuster fodder - why o why did they make Catwoman??? Marvel has had different studios handle their films and, like above, great cinema talent when left alone (Raimi, Singer, Vaughn) made good movies. But again indifferent talent turned out some right turkeys - Elektra and FF. But consider now where Marvel has owned their own properties and closely involved the comic book talents & referenced the source material - they have consistently made good-to-great films. They're not raping their characters for a quick buck. It was clear from the start Green Lantern was a formulaic approach based on CGI, 3D & Ironman success by people not sympathetic to the original material. It's obvious Johns "Secret Origin " limited series was the template but, for studio interfering etc., the material gutted and much worked over. GL Corps is galactic soap-opera which should've been as good as Star Wars if handled right - it's clear now they dropped the ball; yet again:( I really wanted a decent GL movie.

  • June 16, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    In brightest day

    by Snookeroo

    In blackest night My pants are pixels instead of tights Let those who hoped we'd get it right Please rest assured That this film bites

  • June 16, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Harold Throckmorton Knowles IV!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Harden the fuck up already and give us your GREEN LANTERN review!

  • June 16, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Trailers looked like dog shit

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    And now people are saying it IS dogshit. Weird.

  • June 16, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Remember when films told a STORY?

    by LargoJr

    And 'pacing' was something fat guys who weren't getting laid would bitch about to feel better about their useless uneventful lives? Fuck Nordling and anyone else, I WILL be seeing this.

  • You people know NOTHING of what you review -- Ryan Reynolds refused to do what was on paper unless he gave all of the scenes he was in his magical touch as a writer. You want to blame someone for the screenplay, blame your little boytoy Reynolds. He must have promised everyone on this site a chance to smell the finger that was in Scarlett Joe. Maybe not a bad deal consider how must of you reviewers look.

  • June 16, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    I'm sorry, "Fuck Nordling"?

    by CT1

    "Fuck Nordling"?? "FUCK NORDLING"?? Really? Boy you gotta real lesson comin to your ass

  • June 16, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    klytusnotdead

    by NightArrows

    Thanks for posting the same old mouth-breathing apologists view on a comic film that is :apparently: shitty (I still haven't seen it). It never fails that some fucking retard comes running out of the woods screaming in defence of comic films/popcorn flicks/action movies "what did you expect from a _______ movie? Shakespeare?". We EXPECT the same attributes that make ANY film GOOD, you fucking dolt. Just because the source material is a comic book, doesn't mean they shouldn't be beholden to QUALITY ACROSS THE BOARD. There is some fantastic writing an storytelling in comics, and there is NO excuse for defending a shitty comic film that doesn't deliver. Please, do the world a favour and run out into traffic.

  • June 16, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Blake Lively

    by Jay_Lenos_Ugly_Wife

    is not even that pretty.

  • June 16, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    "Poor Ryan Reynolds" Gimme a break

    by Knobules

    Bonkin Scarlett Jo for a while. Now Bullock. Ego the size of a continent. Making lots of money, fame etc. Girls drooling over him. Yeah, poor guy. I feel terrible. And you know this movie was gonna suck when they showed the big threat as some smog cloud. LAME!

  • June 16, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    I Dunno, I Think Blake Lively Is Pretty Hot

    by NeonFrisbee

    I can't speak to her acting skills as I've never seen any of her work, but she looks good to me.

  • June 16, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Seriously, did anyone actually expect any different outcome?

    by Breotan

    I don't hate the guy but Reynolds (along with Affleck and Gooding Jr) is pretty much the key indicator that a given movie is going to be crap. I know some of you don't want to believe that but it's just the way it is. One of the big problems with movies like this is that Hollywood is more in the 60s "Batman" mentality than the 00s Dark Knight. They just can't seem to take the super hero genre seriously enough to make an honest effort. Anyone who comes along and does try is in for an uphill battle. Also, given how SFX driven the GL property is, I'm honestly suprised they even tried.

  • June 16, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    This didn't look good from the trailers..

    by Ryan

    ...of course neither did Thor but it ended up being a solid movie. Will not be seeing this.

  • June 16, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Can I smell RR's finger? Please?!

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    The one that was in ScarJo's turd cutter.

  • June 16, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Movies get out of control.

    by kabong

    For example, as said in review: Sarsgaard's performance belongs in another movie. <p> Directors assemble sequences, copied from other movies, mash them together, panic and slash connections to make it "edgy" and panic some more.

  • June 16, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    ok cool.............so lets get this flop out of the way...

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    and fucking give deadpool a shot already.

  • June 16, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Director says keeping it grounded in reality

    by Wcwlkr

    I read when someone posted a quote from Martin Campbell about wanted to keep things grounded in reality. How he didn't like how in Super Hero movies someones thrown into a car and than gets up and goes back at it. Uh well here's the thing moron that's freaking comic book movies. When you have someone talking about grounding something as fantasy escapist driven as Green Latern, you know you're headed for disaster. I mean grounding things in reality work for properties like Batman or Iron Man. Where Batman's powers are his intellect and physical prowess it makes sense. Or as in Iron Man his power his knowledge of technology. It works to ground those things in some sense of practicality or reality. But for a space traveling Super Hero that encounters alien beings uh you can let go of the reality portion dude.

  • June 16, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Marvel continues to slay DC

    by Wcwlkr

    Ok yes full disclosure I'm definitely a Make Mine Marvel guy. But it doesn't mean I wouldn't enjoy great DC Superman (which majority of them sucked) or that I didn't greatly enjoy the new Batmans. But I mean Marvel his bitch slapping DC when it comes to comic book movies.

  • June 16, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    bibleman -- Fag.

    by AssyMuffJizz

    And by fag, I mean me. You might want to expand that vocabulary of yours just a tad...

  • June 16, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    wcwlkr

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    u speaks da troof

  • June 16, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    DC vs. Marvel

    by NeonFrisbee

    If you are deeply committed to either one and hate the other, you're an idiot. I grew up as a "Marvel kid", but as I got older, I gravitated more towards DC as the writing is better and the characters are more iconic. I think both companies have worthwhile books, but lately, I'm way more into DC than Marvel which has been pretty awful the last few years. All of that said, clearly Marvel rules the box office and DC, for some insane reason, can't seem to get anything off the ground other than Batman. That aside, the DCU animated shows and movies are AWESOME whilst the Marvel animated shows and movies are epicly awful. Either way, though, at the end of the day, Marvel has won Hollywood. I don't know why DC can't seem to get it right (other than Batman). It's like they're trying to fail. Sigh. Oh well, at least we still have the comics and animated features...

  • June 16, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    DC vs. Marvel (Clarification)

    by NeonFrisbee

    When I said "animated shows and movies" I meant the animated tv shows and direct-to-dvd animated features. In this realm, DC owns. Too bad they can't get the live-action stuff (aside from Batman) right.

  • June 16, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    dirty_ape, even a monkey locked in a room with a typewriter

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    has a chance of producing a good movie review. It was bound to happen some time. It's quantum physics.

  • June 16, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Neonfrisbee agree Animated wise

    by Wcwlkr

    I do agree that DC owns the animated universe. Marvel for some reason can't get there animated properties right. But as far as comics I'm still a Marvel guy. I mean I enjoy reading a DC book every now and then but I still love Marvel. Especially when they finally have good teams working on the books. I'm feeling Dan Slott on Amazing Spiderman right now.

  • June 16, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Bibleman spot on with DC Epics

    by Wcwlkr

    Yeah it's a epic even every week and it seriously has gotten old fast. This whole reboot thing is ridiculous to me.

  • June 16, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    How is James Newton Howard's score?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    That's the only reason I'll see the movie (on a free ticket) at this point.

  • June 16, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    "Refusal of the Call" is almost always...

    by jimmy_009

    ...the most annoying step in the "Hero's Journey". It's usually way to overt, and in some cases far too drawn out. I always pray for heroes that say "Yeah cool!" and get on with the story like an actual person would in their shoes.

  • June 16, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    As much as I hate to say it...

    by Tom Fremgen

    but it looks like most of us were right- the trailers all looked rather bad and the movie is too. Real shame, I was hoping there was a good movie behind those weak trailers. So I guess we aren't haters, we just know a bad trailer when we see it. :(

  • June 16, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    HARRY WHERE'S YOUR GREEN LANTERN REVIEW?

    by HarryWhereIsYourInceptionReview

  • June 16, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    well said Bibleman

    by KilliK

    but the same thing can be said about Marvel too.

  • June 16, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    So the new trend now is bad poster = awesome movie.

    by sweeneydave

    Awesome poster = bad movie.

  • and battles the evil entity??? It's Howard The Duck Redux!!!

  • June 16, 2011, noon CST

    VERY COOL CONTEST TO WIN A COOL GREEN LANTERN RING!!!!

    by jericho1368

    Collider is running a contest for one of those cool Green Lantern rings that's going for megabucks on ebay! Enter to win here: http://collider.com/green-lantern-giveaway/95687/ That is the coolest thing! Frosty is the ONLY website running a contest for the ring WB Marketing gave away to people who didn't want it and are putting up on ebay. Kudos to Collider!

  • June 16, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Is GL bad as in GR bad?!?

    by Stalkeye

    Can't be as lame as Ghost Rider, amirite?!?

  • Hal Jordan is supposed to have been a little more stoic, and not some arrogant hot-shot ace pilot. The main villian looks like some Leader (Hulk's nemesis) archetype and that blackish ooze just looks too damn campy. Where the fuck is Sinestro as the main baddie? I guess it's a good thing that SHAZAM didn't get made, I would hate for another one of my favorite DCU Characters to get the shitfest onscreen treatment.

  • June 16, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    has_snyder_been_fired...

    by Scaughty

    you're an idiot

  • June 16, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Shazam?

    by Breotan

    Hmm... do you think they'll bring back Mentor and the Winnebego?

  • June 16, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Reynolds will get blamed, same with Brandon Routh.

    by btc909

    FYI never do a superhero movie (expect for Wolverine) unless you want to end your movie career.

  • June 16, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Why is this movie suck?

    by doom master

    Becuz.

  • June 16, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    FYI James Newton Howard's score SUX

    by doom master

    I think he's still trying to collaborate with Hans Zimmer, only Hans is long gone.... So it really sounds like a bunch of incoherent Mess. The theme is weak...The treble is up WAY TOO HIGH in the recording.... Im surprised, considering King Kong was one of his best and he wrote that one in record time..... This one? Real Fuggin Ugly.

  • He got to have some sex (a ton, I hope) with Scarlett Johansson. After something like that, the rest of his natural life is just gravy.

  • June 16, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Ya, I knew it.

    by Dkev00

    They way they are marketing this movie, their hoping for a big first weekend pay off before word of mouth gets out. I just knew it was gonna be shit simply by how heavy they are promoting it.

  • June 16, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Comic book movies should be an introduction

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    I know it's not made for me, the weekly comic book reader. I always look to the side effects of a movie in terms of tv cartoons, DTVs, a wider selection of action figures, etc. Spectacular Spiderman was a great show that should have gotten another season at least.

  • June 16, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    We'll never get another space galaxy super hero movie again.

    by knowthyself

    Sigh.

  • June 16, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    No surprise but I'll still support RR. He tried

    by Lee harmon

  • June 16, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    ...the wacky, weird, silly nature of the comic,...

    by phifty2

    Regardless of what you think of the film the Green Lantern comic is not wacky and silly. He's not Plastic Man.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Scratch my name...

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Under that small list of individuals on AICN who didn't fall for the usual bullshit Hollywood hype, ESPECIALLY, for a Ryan fucking Reynolds movie!! Suckers! Hope you all learned a lesson. Bring on Cap and a real super hero movie.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    CONFIRMED a stinker, yet half of you MORONS will buy tickets for it...

    by Fritzlorrerains

    And the studios will keep crapping out this garbage. Thanks idiots.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    I really wish they'd gone with the origin story from...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...Red Son. The one where Hal Jordan was a POW in southeast Asia and he had to use his extreme willpower and imagination to survive the experience. It's that willpower and imagination that allows him to control the power ring. That was THE most badass portrayal of Hal Jordan ever. Enough of this smarmy douche business. It's Hall Jordan, NOT Guy Gardner!!! Fuck.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    DUH!

    by DigitalBeachWar

    I said it once that awful promo shot came out from ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. The movie will be a big pile of shit! Some asshole argued with me that once I see the abomination of a suit "come to life" on the screen "YOUR MIND WILL BE BLOWN!" BULL SHIT I say! I will never see this shit farm of a movie... EVER! The Super Hero genre is dead.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Not this moron--

    by Laserhead

    I have the complete run of Johns GL hardcovers, but this looked like a stinker since I first saw how fucked the costume looked. Will it bomb? It SHOULD, but shit, if even The Green Hornet can make money...

  • June 16, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    bibleman: To be fair, Blackest Night is a pretty cool crossover.

    by Royston Lodge

    Not all of DC's crossovers have been continuity-changing clusterfucks.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Re ct1:

    by LargoJr

    If 'Pacing' were an actual factor in honest film-making (the intent of making a film to tell a story from a particular point of view/views, rather then belching out the next 'blackbuster/moneymaker'), more then 95% of ALL the great films ever made simply wouldn't exist. THAT is a fact. Granted, this film isn't going to be 'great'. Hell, it might not even be 'good'. But I like to see films on the basis of how clearly and intelligently the story is told. I like imagination, and sometimes a large dose of sarcasm in my movies. I'm glad 'pacing' isn't anything I consider when enjoying a film, which means my Anniversary Edition Laserdisc of 'Quiet Man' is regular fodder for my 'rainy-day' viewing >_< . If a movie is bad, let it be bad for allt he right reasons. There are 'bad' films I LOVE, like 'The Pirate Movie' with Kristy McNichol & Christopher Atkins. Then there are 'BAD' films like 'Ghost Rider' with Nic Cage. I won't even watch that turd on free cable. I find that MOST of the reviews on this site have devolved to a point of self-stroking overblown egotism, with no real grasp on what an honestly good or bad film is any more.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    ultimarex + mr chuff...

    by workshed

    Sorry if you hate Kermode (imo he has damn good taste). The fact that he can't be arsed to pander to Cannes promoters earned him mucho brownie points from me this year. I just thought his blog piece might be of interest. If those stocks in REAL-D are plummeting then that is very significant.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    GL has to be better than GR

    by Zerofun

    GR is the worst comic movie in recent memory. I would rather watch cat woman or Electra. At least they seemed to try. GR had the worst attempts at action ever put on screen. Fuck that movie. And fuck nic cage and his shitty acting.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    cool batman superman claymation

    by crazy4dragons13

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=tCCaiiShS9o

  • June 16, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Reynolds Should Have Waited For The Flash

    by ChiTownsBest

    He would have been perfect in that movie. He is not Hall Jordan, but from the description Hal Jordan is not Hal Jordan in this movie anyway. When the hell was Hal Jordan reluctant to be a hero? He was cocky as hell in the comic.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    some things should just be left alone.

    by knowbuddy

    Movie- ok 3-D should be left in the hands that can actually utilize it. to much these days is like watching, playboy, on scrambled cable, circa '90.

  • June 16, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    I'm annoyed because will never get Ryan Reynolds as Flash

    by Andrew Coleman

    Which I think he's perfect for. This movie might suck... But at least we never got that Jack Black version rumored years ago. Also those of you who think comic book movies are going to die off don't see to understand what Hollywood is about these days. If they go away what exactly are studios going to replace them with? Not original content that's for sure. Sorry but studios are going to ride these movies for another decade or so. What we need to hope dies is this up coming slate of "board game" movies like Candy Land and Battleship coming up. I'm only down for a Hungry Hungry Hippos game or a hard R-Rated Operation movie. That's it.

  • June 16, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Holy shit Ebert liked Green lantern

    by eric haislar

    http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110615/REVIEWS/110619994

  • ... Oh, that and the fact that the mutherfucker's name is... um... "SINESTRO"! Ha! And there you have a perfect illustration (pun intended) of why faithfully adapting comic book source material is such a tricky proposition. But, yeah... sounds like they really screwed the pooch on this one. And I was gonna have the wife and kids take me to see it on Fathers's Day, too. Now we'll probably end up seeing Kung Fu fucking Panda 2 --- just great. Thanks a lot, Martin Campbell, you asshole.

  • June 16, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Myphdisdoom

    by mukhtabi

    If they could do an NC-17 Twister, I think that would be worthwhile as well!

  • June 16, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Holy shit Ebert liked Green lantern

    by Hercules

    Two and a half stars. He liked it better than "Thor," which he gave one and half stars.

  • June 16, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    HELL YEAH EBERT!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Told ya'll ma fuckuhs. I'm rollin with Ebert. CHOPPED!

  • June 16, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    never shouldve used hal jordan

    by john

    the silver age dc heroes are all boring...they had to be...there was the code but they fit the times i got a bit excited when i saw the trailer using oa and the corps...but seems that this is just filler too bad...couldve turned lantern into a space epic suggestion for the sequel (if there is one) kill off jordan and go with stewart...and really use the lantern corp

  • The movie is already done

  • June 16, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Using Hal doesn't matter, WB fu€ked up already

    by The Founder

  • June 16, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    There must be lesbian T&A in this if Ebert liked it

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    Unless, like BSB, old Ebert has a thing for the RR trouser snake.

  • June 16, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Tim Robbins is like 12 years older than Peter Saarsgard...

    by Darth Macchio

    WTF? Doesn't anybody even own a calculator at WB? I'm sure they bust em out when they're calculating all the fantasy cash they're gonna make. But seriously, I like both Saarsgard and Robbins as actors but one guy is the dad and he's actually only twelve years older than the guy that is supposed to be his son, and there's no "Terminator/Back2theFuture" goofy time machine vibe so wtf? I thought Supe Returns was bad casting a 23 year old as the mother of a kid (at least 6) while also being the winner of a Pulitzer prize. As stupidly unlikely as that is, it's a completely different planet to the sheer "absolutly never ever happen" play on a 12 year old having a son and then winding up a congressman. But beyond that, I'll reserve any complaints until the film is seen by my eyeballs.

  • They don't get it. Not saying all but I just remember the crap hulk from Ang Lee. We all knew it was gonna be pure gold and guess what, we were all wrong.

  • June 16, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    So much for The Silver Surfer but I think Fox ruined him in FF2

    by The Founder

  • June 16, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Now watch this shitfest make more Then XmenFC

    by The Founder

    I know it is. Just got a feeling

  • June 16, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    hercules

    by eric haislar

    He still liked it, I read the whole thing he really does not say anything to negative about it. It is what it is your typical ehh superhero film.

  • I mean, sh!t, I go to some website and see bios for what, 30 (!) green lanterns, and if that kind of tease isn't rewarded, then it's only because the $$$ and technology wasn't there and plan B was this formulaic, earth-bound drama where reluctant hero fights played-out (Smokey-Lost meets NES's nothing meets FF Faux-Galactus) thrift store CGI. Yes, the "hero's journey" gamble was a cost-savings measure that destroyed any chance for success. P.S., how about having some imaginative emerald constructs instead of some 50s Erol Flynn swords and an 80s predator-style chain gun. SHEESH...LAME.

  • June 16, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Poor Reynolds?

    by Nerd Rage

    First Wolverine now this shitty movie. Dude needs to learn how to judge a script. Or fire his agent...Just because it's a superhero movie doesn't mean you accept the role. It has to have some sort of potential.

  • June 16, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Reynold's IS Deadpool, anyway.

    by Boober

    He's so spot on for that character it's ridiculous.

  • June 16, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    There goes all hope for a flash movie

    by eric haislar

    If superman does not pan out we will see no more DC properties except batman.

  • June 16, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    So Nordling says it's not silly enough.

    by Nerd Rage

    Bullshit! If they took the Matrix/Star Wars route this could've been a classic. But instead it's a paint by numbers borefest. Making it sillier would've made a bad situation worse. Think Son of the Mask.

  • June 16, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Ebert is fucking pointless.

    by Dkev00

    He hasn't been relevant since the 80's.

  • He didn't even like Blade Runner for fucks sake...The dude only gets drama, he doesn't understand action movies whatsoever..never has

  • June 16, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Your site was Hacked because of BS like this.

    by Zurge

    You are severely biased.

  • June 16, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Now...here is actual fair reporting.

    by Zurge

    http://www.darkhorizons.com/features/1581/what-re-the-most-acclaimed-comic-book-films

  • June 16, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    If the movie is this bad, and it sounds pretty soul-destroying.......

    by david starling

    .......Then I imagine that Harry is trying to well-up all of his feelings into a review, that will try to make some sense of the apparent mess. I imagine he'll find some light out of the darkness.

  • June 16, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Is it time to stop picking on BATMAN & ROBIN yet?

    by Subtitles_Off

    GREEN LANTERN makes JONAH HEX look alrightish. Here's the thing, though...it's so fucking garish and ugly, you might not even notice how stupid it is, too. So, there's that. Knock yourselves out.

  • June 16, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    EBERT did NOT like green LANTERN...

    by Fritzlorrerains

    2 and a half stars is a thumb DOWN.

  • June 16, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Ebert?!

    by Ted Knight

    He gave Avatar 4 damn stars! Whatever infinitesimal amount of credibility he was bitterly clinging to was flushed right out to Lake Michigan along with his aspirations to ever again attain his 80's level of relevance.

  • June 16, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Nordling, you're an idiot

    by ninpobugei

    GL is not supposed to be silly. It's supposed to be a serious sci-fi epic. This isn't camp, it's serious. THE DARK KNIGHT would not have been the epic it was had it gone the Adam West route.

  • June 16, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    It is a mediocre film, not good, not horrible,

    by Antz

    Plot points are seen a mile off, it is slow, the writing for Hal's character is horrendous, and Reynolds is mis-cast. The actions is ho-hum, nothing that makes you go "Wow", but flying around Oa in 3D was great.

  • June 16, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Capernicos is going to HATE the physiscs...

    by Antz

    Especially the finale

  • June 16, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    wcwlkr

    by NeonFrisbee

    I feel ya, man. Don't get me wrong, I still like Marvel, I'm just more into DC lately. I think both companies have good books, and both make similar mistakes. I just don't understand how someone could be so militant about liking either company and completely hate the other company. I mean, it's not a fucking Religious War, it's comics. You can like both for their merits and criticize both for their failings. I NEVER understood the weird, over-wrought, sad allegiance to any one company over the other. That's "obese middle aged virgin living in mom's basement" behavior.

  • June 16, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Unfortunately the casting told us they weren't taking this property seriously.

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    This isn't Spider-Man where they should cast someone young. GL is about an guy who harden, cynic, doesn't know fear, and blames himself for his father death. What this movie tries to sell us is a fantasy about getting a superpower and saving the world. Thats Superman! GL is about a galactic police force, who uses their rings/will to enforce the law. Thats the different between GL and Supes. That difference can be seen between Supes and Batman. If anyone doubt my love for Green Lantern than they can look through my big collection of GL comicbooks! I HATE that Ryan Reynold was cast! I HATE Blake Lively and the rest of GL bland cast. I HATE MartinCampbell being chosen for director! I HATE the screenwriters who didn't give a lick about the source and spirit of GL! I HATE that GL won't be given the movie I HATE that WB AND DC just didn't give a shit! I HOPE there a reboot in GL future and I HOPE I'm alive to see it, even if I'm 80 yrs old!

  • June 16, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Hopefully SUPERMAN Will Be Good

    by NeonFrisbee

    Wait, what?? Snyder is directing??? Jesus fucking Christ. It's like they WANT these things to fail. Dear DC: Just wrap up Batman and then stick to animation. You don't know how to make live action movies based on your properties. Stop embarrassing yourselves and losing money. Sincerely yours, Reality

  • June 16, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Also, I Hope CAPTAIN AMERICA Is Good

    by NeonFrisbee

    I think it probably will be. MARVEL Studios has definitely got the whole formula down pat and they pretty consistently turn out good flicks. (The Onion did a pretty great video analysis of this a few weeks back when First Class came out). I mean, yeah, there's utter crap like Ghost Rider, Daredevil, and the FFs, but, Spiderman, XMen, Iron Man, Hulk (I liked both Lee's and the newish one, actually), and Thor have all been good. Fuck, I fuckin' LOVED First Class. I think it's better than X2, easy. I hope Cap is as good. I'm definitely psyched that they're doing it as a retro 40s WW2 film. It should totally end with him encased in ice.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    If GL bombs, then it's all on Zach Snyder next year with Superman...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    And if that fails to excite the public, then The Dark Knight Rises will be all that's left of DC's respectability in the movies. Regardless, starting in 2013, Superman may not even be with DC anymore or belong to WB.

  • June 16, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    I am still going to see it

    by skiff

    I sat through battle la and skyline This can't be that bad

  • June 16, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Why all of a sudden is it formulaic?

    by Larry Sellers

    All three reviews claim it's formulaic but goddamn if the same structure isn't inherent in at least half of all of these movies. Yes, Joseph Campbell blah blah. But why is GL being called out on it? Is it really that bland that it can't even manage what Thor did? I'm pretty curious about this. I want to like it, but I understand what many of the reviews are saying...it hits all the marks without making one itself.

  • June 16, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Sometimes you have to decide for yourself

    by krabklaw

    I liked Battle LA. Sometimes you just gotta these things and decide for yourself. I will be seeing GL this weekend- I've waited too long to see it to pass it up because of the reviews.

  • June 16, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Weird poster comparison

    by Teddy Artery

    The GL poster at the top of this thread is very similar to the new poster for John Carter of Mars (JCM) that was just released yesterday. What... are there only 2 or 3 people designing key art these days? The concepts are identical!

  • June 16, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Clooney did ok after Batman

    by cylon_conspiracy

    So I don't think Reynold's career is over just yet. I haven't seen GL but I have a hard time believing it is this bad, but it is being universally panned. I loved Thor, I loved First Class, I was really looking forward to this but now I'm not sure. Is this another Watchmen? A really good movie being universally panned?

  • June 16, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Fanboy Critics

    by THX1968

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again. AICN reviews are generally the worst written fanboy drivel on the net. Except for the Wyrm. The Wyrm could write for a major paper or magazine. Ebert has a fine review of GL on his site. Personally, this is THE film for me this summer. Maybe I'll hate it as much as Quint, Nordling, et al, but I think I'm going to like it. Still dying to see it. GL means as much to me as Spider-Man, yet I can understand that movies and comics work very differently (duh). You can't cram an entire super-hero history into one movie, but give me the essence of what I love about the character. I'm still hoping that I love it.

  • June 16, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    To ALL the MORONS paying for this

    by Fritzlorrerains

    Thanks a lot. It is because of fools like you they continue to make drivel like GL.

  • June 16, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST

    RR's career is FAR from over

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    The movie me made with Sandra Bullock made HUGE bank and continues to trend well. Maybe he needs to just let Dane Cook tale all these roles (most folks dont realize they are 2 people anyway), and stick to making rom-com chick-flixs.

  • June 16, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Comic Writers WERE the ones who worked on Green Lantern

    by jericho1368

    Marc Guggeinheim wrote the shit. He also wrote Eli Stone. Brothers and Sisters. A bunch of other Greg Bertinelli tv shows. He authored the Death of Bart Allen Flash and other comics that aren't burning up people's must read lists). Marc also writes for Marvel Comics, Spider-Man post-OMD. Which should put everything in a nut shell right there.

  • June 16, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Awful. Just awful.

    by beane2099

    2 hours of my life I'd very much like to get back. I agree. Wasted opportunities all the way around.

  • June 17, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Not the worst comic book movie ever... but

    by YackBacker

    GREEN LANTERN was unnecessarily superficial and a lost opportunity. It tries to be IRON MAN but the script is forced and the fun factor never succeeds in being fun. Reynolds is good, Lively is not. Hammond is reduced to a Saturday cartoon-level character and the worst part is how the Guardians are portrayed as an inept council of MARS ATTACKS characters. I think this film does not deserve a sequel, but if they go for another one, they need a) a new director, b) Geoff Johns to script the damn thing and c) keep Reynolds as Jordan. While his motivation and character arc were all poorly done, Hal Jordan exists somewhere between the layers thanks to Reynolds. Reynolds makes this thing watchable-- but so much was wasted in attempting to capture IRON MAN's vibe.

  • Right. But they are all aliens, and it's an advanced race. But for some dumb-fuck reason they still retain the importance of a lantern. Jesus. Just accept that this character was created to sell funny books to little kids. And the owners of the copyright have tried to continue the revenue generated from that original character by CONSTANTLY updating it to appease different generations. So, essentially, it's like Campbell's Soup. Buy it. Eat it. Enjoy. Repeat. But please don't get all bent out of shape if no one can make a MOVIE out of it!! LOL!!!!

  • June 17, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    What you guys feel about GL is how I felt about Thor

    by chien_sale

    Light garbage that's all over the place, no sense of self

  • June 17, 2011, 1:28 a.m. CST

    The Origin Story

    by catlettuce4

    Hal finding the ring and becoming the Green Lantern could have been summed up in 5 minutes, or during the opening credits. Then there could have been a real story featuring the hero character doing what he's supposed to be doing.

  • June 17, 2011, 1:32 a.m. CST

    bob cryptonight

    by catlettuce4

    You're an idiot. They HAVE made a good movie out of it, but it was animated. If the studio execs with their fingers in pies they have no business being in can't figure out how to do that in live action it is not Green Lantern's fault, not the comic book's fault. Good Writing can make a movie of any subject work.

  • June 17, 2011, 1:39 a.m. CST

    The Hero's Journey

    by catlettuce4

    What screenwriters should realize is that the Hero's Journey is not a formula or recipe for creating a story, but an analysis of stories throughout human history. You aren't meant to use it as a plan for your own story, just as a means of understanding the types of things that show up often and resonate with human audiences. You might include some elements, in any order, but you do not need to include all of them in the same order every time you write!

  • June 17, 2011, 1:54 a.m. CST

    XM:FC was not made by Marvel Studios..

    by KilliK

  • June 17, 2011, 2:10 a.m. CST

    @neonfrisbee do you have the link for that

    by KilliK

    Onion's article about why Marvel's movies work well? cant find it in their site

  • I just expected an awful film. Sorry but it wasn't. The audience I saw it with loved it from what I could tell and it was a full house with no walk outs. I agree there was no passion in it kind of but RR nails Jordan and he does a good job. He didn't t Ham it up like I feared he may based on direction from the suits. Th e weak points was as Nordling said. Not enough Patrolling and not enough of the corps in action. I know doing that would've run up the budget considerably so they had to set shit on Earth. The earth scenes were not boring in my opinion but I just felt let's get off the freaking planet. It worked. I think Paralax was used to soon and wiped out to soon for a first movie. Hammond was just useless but needed to give Hal something to do on Earth. The saving grace of Hammond is that Paralax was responsible for his creation so that's what prevent him from being a bad villain. Lively was pretty to look at but she is not a good actress. Why this woman was cast is beyond me and she looks way to young to be peers of Hal and Hammond. An actress late to early 30's should've been cast. A Natalie Portman type would've been good fit. The OA scenes are good and the training is one of the greatest moments in the movie. They nailed OA, the corps, Sinestro, Kilowog, Tomar-ra or re and Abin Sur and The Guardians were good although a different look. Another problem was the lack of any type of music score. One was needed and it showed. I think it was a good effort that fell somewhat short but it's still worth seeing and quite entertaining.

  • Taylor Kitsch as Gambit and Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool were the only redeemable things about xo:w imo, and hopefully we'll get *good* movies about both characters in the next few years.

  • I thought xfc would be a pos, but it was one of the best comic book movies I have ever personally seen. Then I saw the reviews for superlame8 and against my rule on getting reviews from a trusted peer I saw it and was extremely annoyed by Joe Lamb's friends. I usually like summer because I can see a movie right on opening night, but these gl reviews have me confused; will it be the opposite of my s8 experience, or will they be spot on? I'm too young and also financially strapped to do anything but see movies, and I'm also getting a little impatient to wait for someone to tell me it's good.

  • June 17, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Should have channeled this money into 'Lensman'.

    by Knuckleface

    Green Lantern was always a weak rip-off of E.E. Doc Smith's classic Lensman pulps. There was some talk of a Lensman movie on the horizon, but I fear that the shallow similarities between these characters will doom any attempt to make a proper Lensman movie. (Btw, I think the Lensman anime is alright, but it is not faithful to the source material at all)

  • June 17, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    There has already been a Lensman movie

    by KilliK

    it's called STAR WARS....

  • June 17, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    killik

    by NeonFrisbee

    It actually wasn't an article, it was one of those video roundtables they do. It was ostensibly about XMen First Class, but they went off on a tangent about how the Marvel Studio formula and why it works. Sorry, I don't have the link on hand right now, but poke around and you should find it.

  • June 17, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    killik (part 2)

    by NeonFrisbee

    XMen: First Class wasn't done by Marvel Studios? Are you sure? They had the logo thingee at the beginning.

  • June 17, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    teh suck

    by TheMarineBiologist

    So... as it turns out, we were right. Those of us that suggested it would be bad because of aspects shown in the trailers were actually shown to be justified in our opinions. The movie was weak in every part that we expected it to be weak. You said that we were wrong and that this is going to be the BEST MOVIE EVER and then were as offensive as you could possibly be to those of us whom you disagreed with.<p> And yet you come back with that same bravado you had before about this film? You, sir, HAVE to be a plant at this point.

  • June 20, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Nordling is obviously a Marvel fan!

    by Steve

    Green Lantern ROCKED! See it! See it again! Ryan Reynolds owns Hal Jordan!

  • July 2, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Just saw it, and my 3 kids an

    by prince_fufu

  • July 2, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    And I loved it

    by prince_fufu

    Stupid iphone keyboard. I don't know what people expected, but i thought it wad a great first outing. Wish they explained why sinestro put on the ring at the end.

  • July 8, 2011, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Well, it sure wasn't great...

    by thebearovingian

    But I finally went to see it so it's still making money! Not just from me, either. There was one other person in the theater. He likewise didn't seem much enthused.