Another month, another comic book superhero adaptation makes it to the big screen. This film gives us DC comic's Green Lantern. The Green Lanterns are a sort of universe wide police force, protecting people and bringing peace to the universe. Hal Jordan, the first human to be picked to join the corps, is an irresponsible human who has to grow up fast to meet his new responsibilities.
It's an average film. Way better than the Spiderman films (the lead actor is far more likeable and charismatic) but not as good as, say, Thor. On a par with Captain America. The bad points first - far too much time is spent in the creation and back story. It really bogs the film down. And while some things are gone into ad nauseam, others are glossed over far too quickly, and people (like me) who have never read the comics may well miss out on certain points. I know I did. And once the film does get going and Hal has a foe to fight it's all over rather too quickly, and you start to wonder why Parallax was an enemy feared by the entire universe when he seemed to be rather easily destroyed and more than a bit thick. Compare this to Thor, where the back story was kept to a bare minimum, and the enemy was much more menacing. I have to admit I found all the plot holes a little tedious after a while as well.
Good points - the action, when it comes, is well staged and can be quite a thrill ride. The special effects are nicely done, and the film looks good. Ryan Reynolds is actually very very good as the superhero, with a lot of charm, humour, and an underlying dignity (and it's hard to do dignity when dressed in a silly superhero costume!)
The extended version available here adds in a mere 5 minutes extra runtime, and doesn't really add anything to original film that makes me change my mind.
So, a film with good and bad points. A solid three stars.