After all the hype and build up, it’s finally time for Green Lantern to take a swing at the box office this weekend and show us what it’s got! This has been a film long time coming, one we’ve seen bits of since last year’s Comic-Con. Now it’s finally time for Ryan Reynolds to appear in his skin tight CGI spandex, spewing witty lines. The film is not perfect, and at times it feels extremely over-worked, but there are a number of good performances and enough entertaining moments that make it worth a journey to the theater. Though I would recommend saving yourself a couple of bucks and seeing it in 2D instead of 3D, you won’t miss out on anything. Find out more below…

The Players:

  • Director: Martin Campbell
  • Screenplay: Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, Michael Goldenberg
  • Screen Story: Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim
  • Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Temuera Morrison, Tim Robbins, Geoffrey Rush, Angela Bassett, Michael Clarke Duncan
  • Original Music by: James Newton Howard
  • Cinematography by: Dion Beebe

The Plot:

Hal Jordan is a bad-ass test pilot with a whole lot of issues when one day a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers. Soon he is given all the powers he can imagine, and is asked to help keep the peace within the universe and save planet earth.

The Good:

  • Peter Sarsgaard: Sarsgaard steals almost every scene he’s in during the film (and not just because his skull takes up most of the screen) and most of the laughs. He brought a real sense of depth to the character and wasn’t afraid to play with it. He’s really the highlight of the film.
  • The Final Act: Though the film gets off to a slow start (see “The Bad”), the final act really picks up and finally we see the potential that we all knew Ryan Reynolds had, paying off. In the last 35 minutes they’re somehow able to recapture the tension and drama that’s needed for us to be invested in the film. Once they’re able to finally get to the actual film, they sore and it’s really a fun ride.
  • The Special Effects on Earth: For me, the special effects on earth were much more convincing than the ones on Mogo and in outer-space. The suit and the action sequences were much more grounded than they were in outer space (pun intended). Though the visual effects on Mogo and in space were impressive at times, it still felt like lots of green splashes of goo everywhere and like we were looking at a CGI world. I always prefer the realistic type of effects and I was far more impressed by the creativity they were able to bring to earth.

The So-So:

  • Ryan Reynolds: He shows such potential in this film at times that I hate to call him “so-s0″ but because of some poor editing choices or problems in the script, his innate humor was never given the chance to breathe nor strike a cord with the audience. He’s able to tackle the more challenging dramatic scenes quite well, it’s the humorous ones that just didn’t quite hit home — since we know he’s better than that, I’m going to assume it was a story or post-production issue, and not him. And if they’re able to keep up the pace of the last act, I’d happily go to see him in another Green Lantern film.
  • The Editing: As I spoke about with the timing of Ryan Reynolds humor, it felt like there was something off with the editing. In attempting to speed up the first act, they didn’t allow for the natural comedy that Reynolds is capable of and sped past all the entertaining bits to get to more exposition. THOUGH, one of the big things that brought the film back for me in the second act was the interesting cuts between Hal and Hector both changing. It’s hard to say is that was the editing, the writing or a combination of the two, but it was extremely well done.

The Bad:

  • The First Act: From bad editing, to music that sounded unfinished, to a plethora of plot-lines not properly being tied together, the first act of this film is slow and uninteresting. They needed to either slow down and explain the origins of the story or skip past some of the explanation. They begin the film somewhere in the middle and you get both too much and not enough at the same time.
  • The Music: I hate saying this, but it felt like an unfinished score. Howard is a great composer, one who has blown us away time and time again. I’m not sure if we heard pieces of the temp score because we screened the film early, or if they cut the film after they scored it and did not allow Howard to adjust the music to the new cuts, but something was definitely off. There are scenes where they just allow the music to drop out and others where the timing is off. Something tells me Howard is not happy right now because he’s better than this.

Overall:

Again, the film started out with both too much and too little, and needed to decide what it was and ground itself. Luckily, they were somehow able to get it back, set the tone and end the film with a bang. It’s not a perfect film and you can easily skip the 3D, but it was easy to watch and Sarsgaard’s performance and Reynolds charisma is enough to make it worth a trip to the theaters,

Rating: 6/10

Green Lantern in theaters June 16th!

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