“GREEN LANTERN” Review: Just Sit Back And Enjoy

I took my boys to see the pre-screening of Green Lantern, a movie they waited months to see, and I have to say we all enjoyed it.

SYNOPSIS: 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. — (C) Warner Bros

That being said. I like Reynold’s dry humor. I have in every movie I have seen him in. He makes the perfect angsty super hero in the making. Not even going there on the sexy factor.

Peter Sarsgaard really stood out as Hector Hammond, who grew up with both Jordan and Carol. After being infected with an alien virus he mutates into a grotesque 1/2 human, 1/2 alien figure. Watching him go from a geeky bio teacher to a sinster villain with powers was done with such a perfection that you didn’t know whether to cheer or jeer for the character.

As for Reynold’s love interest Blake Lively (Carol Ferris). There wasn’t much chemistry between the two of them. Although I have enjoyed Ms. Lively’s performances in other films. It just didn’t work here. It was more forced and less flowing.

The 3-D visual effects were good as were the fight scenes. I will throw a shout out there that I loved finding out that a good friend of mine Spencer Wilding played the part of Kilowog (although the voice is that of Michael Clark Duncan). Parallax started out as an interesting looking character in the beginning, but towards the end, I have to say he started to remind me of the smoke monster from LOST.

All in all, I would say Green Lantern is a great movie to take the kids to see. My boys enjoyed it and their ages range from 17, 11, to 8 (who even brought his own Green Lantern ring to hold up at the appropriate times). Thumbs Up!

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