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92 of 104 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great comic book movie
Don't believe the anti-hype: it's the domino effect of criticism, one reviewer follows another until nobody feels free to have an original opinion about a movie. Green Lantern is a thoroughly enjoyable summer blockbuster; it has its flaws, but nobody should be going in expecting a tight Shakespearean plot with tragic irony and profound soliloquies. The script is more than...
Published on 3 Aug 2011 by Alan Bradley

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as critics have you Believe
This really is not a bad film. After the amount of bashing this film got by the critics in the days before the film release i went in with very low expectations expecting one of the worst comic book film adaptions ever. To tell you this was an amazing film would be a lie but ryan reynolds is likable as Hal Jordon, and some of the sepcial effects are awesome. Some great...
Published on 31 July 2011 by Simon Hanson


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116 of 128 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as critics have you Believe, 31 July 2011
This really is not a bad film. After the amount of bashing this film got by the critics in the days before the film release i went in with very low expectations expecting one of the worst comic book film adaptions ever. To tell you this was an amazing film would be a lie but ryan reynolds is likable as Hal Jordon, and some of the sepcial effects are awesome. Some great action set pieces and decent humour. What more can you ask for from a super hero movie. This is no Iron Man but its decent for what it is. Do not let critics form your opinion of this film. The fact that transformers 3 made more money than this is a travesty. This is not the worst film of the summer and deserves more credit than it got.
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92 of 104 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great comic book movie, 3 Aug 2011
Don't believe the anti-hype: it's the domino effect of criticism, one reviewer follows another until nobody feels free to have an original opinion about a movie. Green Lantern is a thoroughly enjoyable summer blockbuster; it has its flaws, but nobody should be going in expecting a tight Shakespearean plot with tragic irony and profound soliloquies. The script is more than serviceable, the acting far better than the likes of Transformers or Thor, and the plight of the central character one that we can all relate to. Give this movie a chance. It will surprise you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stuck On Amber, 9 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Green Lantern [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Green Lantern.
Region 2 dvd.
Ratio 16.9/2.40:1.
Running time 110 minutes approx.

Positives
Well at leasts this comic book movie attempts to try something new.
Mark Strong is on good form playng Sinestro.
Ryan Reynolds plays Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan but is actually ok in this movie.

Negative.
Martin Campbell is usually a superb director of action & storytelling but is a little out of his depth here in this comic book movie realm.
Some of the CGI is appalling in places especially the main villian Parallax.

Review.
Oh dear you wait for DC to release a comic book movie with exeption to Batman, Dark Knight & this is what we finally get a jumbled poor CGI mess.

Green Lantern is less known in the UK but with a director attached of Martin Campbell calibre i expected a lot more than the end result.

Ryan Reynolds plays Ryan Reynolds playing Hal Jordon a test pilot whom still suffers flashbacks seeing his father's death in a jet crash.

Hal is a cocky pilot but has low self esteem issues & seems afraid of comitting to his on/off Girlfriend Carol Ferris(Blake Lively) or just about anything in his life.

In the universe a creature of great power known as Parallax escapes from his exile & attacks his former capturer Abin Sur who many years ago abandoned him on the lost sector planet Ryut.

Parallax attack against Abin Sur mortally wounds him & he crashes to earth & by fate is found by Hal who passes on his Green Power Ring & Lantern tells him to recite the oath & then dies.

Hal eventually recites the oath thinking it a joke but becomes possessed by the rings power.

The power ring can create anything his imagination can come up with & the Lantern is the rings charger.

Hector Hammond a scientist & a old friend of Hal & Carol is sent for by government officals to examine the body of Abin Sur as his corpse is taken for scientific research by the Government.

As Hector examines the body a trace of Parallax DNA infects him eventually causing his head to expand in size becoming power mad & insane.

The Green Lantern corps soon learn of Abin Surs death & that his power ring has been passed onto Hal, Apparently the power ring seeks out its next user.

Hal is taken to The Green Lantern Corps home planet Oa to be trained by Tomar Re & Kilowog how to master the rings power & here he & Sinestro meet & a clash of personalitys results in a fight with Hal & Sinestro.

Sinestro uses his experience against Hal becoming the victor of there fight & quoting Hal is not fit to were his old friends Abin Surs ring.

Sinestro talks with the guardians who declare a new unstable power source may be the only weapon against Parallax.

Back on earth Hector makes a link with Parallax he's coming to earth to rule.
Hector finds out through his new telepathic powers he's only assigned to the base cause his father trys killing his father at a party by destroying his helicopter but is thwarted by Green Lantern rescuing his father.

Hectors father who's estranged from his son is eventually killed by his son burned alive & a confrontation with Hal awaits.

Carol discovers Hal is in fact Green Lantern yet Hal seems determined he doesn't want the responsibility of the power, Responsibility something he avoided since his Fathers death.

Eventually Hal faces off against his old school friend Hector who wants the Rings power, Hal concedes but then earth is attacked by Parallax who absorbs the power back from Hector killing him.

Hal uses the Ring to again become Green Lantern & a has to protect Coast City from the mighty destructive power of Parallax.

Hal manages to defeate Parallax leading him away from earth & throwing him into the sun using the rings power.

By saving earth & The Lantern Corps Hal finally earns Sinestros respect & Hal decides to except the responsibility of the Ring & become the Green Lanterns protector on earth.

This film has all the ingredients just badly,edited together.

The opening sets up a decent arc setting up the movies theme quite well it's just there to many threads going on, Hector, Hals training,The Gaurdians it needed maybe just focus on Hal, His training & threat of Parallax.

The action scenes seem rushed & with a film like this were the rings power is virtually limitless i was expecting groundbreaking new action scenes but director Martin Campbell is out of his depth here he is a great director, Goldeneye, Casino Royale, No Escape, Mask Of Zorro, But with this type of storytelling a director with more scifi credentials was needed.

Ryan Reynolds does ok but he's a actor who's more or less the same character type in any film he stars in.

The CGI ranges from good to atrocious & the main villian Parallax is horrendous in it's look & design.

Mark Strong is the standout actor here as Sinestro leader of the guardian corps who is you noticed in the post teaser credit changes his ring from green to yellow the unstable power source that was meant to be used on Parallax & he becomes the sinister villian to Green Lantern.

This film could've restarted DC comic book era instead it delayed it, Now that has been reedemed somewhat by the exellent Man Of Steel & Tv series Arrow so heres hoping if a sequel which i doubt will surface to Green Lantern it needs to learn from it's mistakes made here.

The Blu Ray is just an extended opening focusing on a young Hal & his father before his death, It's a nice little story arc that sets up Hal Jordan's character & personality.

Timelord Rating 5/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first-rate second-rate film, 23 Oct 2011
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I read Green Lantern back in the 1960s, and on and off since – especially since libraries started carrying ‘graphic novels’. As far as I am concerned, the film is an acceptable adaptation of the comic – especially considering the changes to continuity that DC has imposed over the decades. The basic origin was a faithful copy, and the fact that ‘without fear’ has been upgraded to ’able to face his fears and overcome them’ is merely upgrading what was a simple children’s story to a more acceptable adolescent level, and gave us a meaningful plot. The alien characters and planets looked alien thanks to the motion capture and CGI; the story held together reasonably well; this is a Hollywood film, after all. What more could you expect? It may not be dark Knight or Iron Man, but it is a first rate second rate film, and streets ahead of the Fantastic Four or the first Hulk film, at least to me.

The extended edition – as far as I could tell, this is basically some extra scenes of the childhood interaction of Hal, Carol and Hector, to give some backstory to their adult relationships. It feels as if they slow the pace of the film down, so don’t go spending money to upgrade.

The 3D Blu-Ray edition – I didn’t find the 3D effects added anything to my enjoyment of the film.

(Query - did they buy-in the Galactus effects from the Fantastic Four to reuse for Paralax?)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Green Lantern (extended Blu Ray) - Average superhero tale, 27 Mar 2012
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This review is from: Green Lantern (Extended Cut) [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, open review for a pleasant surprise, 27 Aug 2014
This review is from: Green Lantern [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Really enjoyed this film!

After all the stick this film got, I was a little worried about buying and watching it. Also, I am not a massive Ryan Reynolds fan so it took a lot for me to plunge into this film (I mean come on Sheldon Cooper of TBBT slates it!). I decided to take a chance and I really am glad I did!

To start Ryan is a pleasant surprise, his acting is far better than anything I've seen him in (only ever enjoyed him in The Proposal too), his clever quick whit lines are delivered thoughtfully and in a believable character. Lots of people say it goes into the back story too much, but I think it doesn't. There is just enough to understand the character and the back story and development of the plot (especially as the Green Lantern isn't that popular over in the UK - I know I haven't properly come across it).

The plot is a little obvious, guy who needs some direction gets special powers, there's a big issue and a villain, has to prove himself and learn everything about his new powers, but he comes through in the end and overcomes the villain. However, that is a similar plot outline for most movies really.

I love the costume, which the special effects show cleverly. This is matched with the concepts of space and other species as well as the effects from the power is really cleverly shown.

I think a lot of people don't understand the concept of Green Lantern and perhaps find the slightly slower plot to giving information a little too slow, but I think its necessary as it needs to appeal to all, those who know and those who don't.

I enjoyed the little humorous parts too, Ryan is able to deliver them in an enjoyable and fun way.

Not sure why it has so many negative and harsh critics and comments but I really enjoyed it and think anyone on the fence should really consider buying, viewing and relaxing into a nice, enjoyable sci-fi film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 4 Jun 2014
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Don't know why it got poor reviews, i loved it, its full of action, the special effects are great and the 3D was brilliant. And Ryan Reynolds.....he's hot in his skin tight suit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars INTRODUCES CHARACTER, 11 April 2014
The movie starts with a CG background science fiction origins of Green Lantern. The power of the Green Lantern is given to those who do not know fear. Parallax is introduced as the evil force which is "fear." As a Green Lantern lays crashed he releases his Green Lantern ring (force) to someone who doesn't know the meaning of the word "fear." Clearly that is Hal Jordon (Ryan Reynolds) who thinks he is Tom Cruise in "Top Gun" as he defeats 2 High tech pilot-less air craft by using a maneuver from Ironman.

The movie spends a lot of time building background and lays the foundation for a multiple sequels. This is mostly an introduction of the character.

While the Green Lantern is flying around impressing his former gf, mad scientist and son of a senator, Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) has been experimenting by injecting himself with microbes, which happen to be alien, creating the super villain for our super hero. They spent a ton of money on special effects. The ring may never make a mistake, but the casting director did. They should have gone the extra expense to get some real box office stars. Ryan Reynolds didn't hack it.

No sex, no nudity, and no F-bombs. Good for kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars awful film, 27 April 2014
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this film is just awful, now I am a huge comic book reader and love the green lantern comics but this film was poorly made and the appalling actor that is Ryan Reynolds didn't help the situation.

do not buy this film
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3.0 out of 5 stars No fear, 19 Nov 2011
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For the uninitiated:

The two big American comic book companies are Marvel and DC. The former publish Spiderman, the Hulk, Captain America, The X Men and many others. And have been doing rather well of late with converting their characters into movie versions.

DC comics publish Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman. Movies of the first two have usually done well. But they're not getting as many of their characters onto the big screen as Marvel at the moment. So here, their parent company Warners have taken one of them and tested the water to see how a movie of a dc character who isn't Batman or Superman will do.

Green Lantern is one of the bigger characters of the DC ones who aren't Batman or Superman, and has been around for a while. And through a lot of changes on the printed page in that time. Basically he's a space policeman. An immortal race of aliens called the Guardians of the universe sought to impose order on the cosmos by setting up the Green Lantern Corps, a group of beings who have powerful rings that draw energy from willpower. They can construct anything the user imagines. But they're not effective against anything coloured yellow. For various plot reasons.

There are thousands of Green Lanterns, and they and the guardians are based on the planet Oa. When the Green Lantern of Sector 2814, which includes Earth, is killed by a being called Parallax who is fear incarnate, he crashes on Earth. And his ring selects a worthy replacement.

Hal Jordan. Test pilot. Man with severe issues with authority and someone who has never quite grown up and taken responsibility for anything. And will run away from situations and responsibility rather than commit. Not least because he saw his father die following a test flight years ago and hasn't quite gotten over that.

Hal's attitude never sits well with Carol, daughter of the owner of the aircraft company his father flew for. Yet childhood friendship means she can't quite give up on him, even as she takes the responsibility of running the company.

Also a disappointment to someone is Hector Hammond. Who grew up alongside Carol and Hal but disappointed his senator father by going into science. And not making much of a career out of that.

So now Hal has been chosen to become a green lantern will he face up to the responsibility? And the Green Lantern Sinestro who was a good friend of Hal's predecessor and who thinks he won't measure up. Then there's Parallax to contend with as well. Plus Hector once he also gets great power. And the military who have gotten their hands on the remains of Hal's predecessor...

Like any superhero movie that tries to start a franchise this has to get all the exposition out of the way first of all. And perhaps there's just a little too much of here. They probably could have left Hector out entirely for now. Added to which the story means that Hal has to start off as an irresponsible Jerk and complete his course towards being great Green Lantern by the end, so he may come over as difficult to like to begin with. And the crowded narrative means that Carol possibly doesn't get enough to do.

The scenes on Oa are all studio bound and done with backdrops and thus don't quite convince as well as they should, the other Green Lanterns we see are superby rendered. Only four of them actually get any dialogue [that includes Hal's predecessor Abin Sur] those who do are exceptionally good creations. Geoffrey Rush providing superbly eloquent tones for fish like Alien Tomar Re. And Mark Strong turning in a superb performance as the aforementioned SInestro, really showing what makes the character tick.

By the end Hal is right where he needs to be as a character to continue on the story and make any sequel really fly.

This is a movie worth judging for yourself. It does what it needs to do in order to start a series. And it may not measure up to some of the marvel movies that have done their characters origins. There may not be a sequel since it didn't do Iron Man style numbers. But it could really go places from the end of this. So I hope there is.

Stay watching during the end credits as there is one extra scene during them. Which is set up for a possible sequel.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English, Italian.

Subtitles: English, Italian.

The disc begins with several trailers, which can be skipped by pressing the next button on the dvd remote.

The only extras are a six minute long preview of a forthcoming cgi cartoon series of Green Lantern.

Plus a preview of Justice League issue one, a recently launched new comic from DC in which Green Lantern appears. Along with Batman and others. The preview shows you the first few pages, allowing you to navigate the panels via the menu buttons on the dd remote.

If you like the movie you may also like to look at Green Lantern - The Movie Prequels which collects five comics that tell what each of the main characters in the film were doing prior to the point where the story begins.
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