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on 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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on 3 August 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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on 28 March 2016
Like many others here I really don't know why this came in for such a critical panning. Yes, the CGI could have been better, but not when it was made. Yes, there are departures from comic book canon, but most viewers aren't ardent fans and won't know anything about that.
Is it a great film? No. It is, however, fun, entertaining and first-rate Saturday matinee-style fare. A little saggy due to the requirements of it being an origin movie and the exposition can be a little tedious at times, but i stress 'a LITTLE'.
Don't believe the internet (he says posting this viewpoint on the internet) and enjoy this for what it is.
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I would not 've watched this film had it not been available on prime, having watched it through I was waiting for an actual story to start, not what was subsequently passed off as the story.

Having finished viewing, quite simply put, my time (possibly yours too) May be better spent elsewhere, shame, I grew up with green lantern as a youngster & would have liked to have seen success as has been achieved in other comic book franchises... it was not to be.

This turned out to be a junk food kind of movie, one that I'd avoid consuming for having tasted its plasticity once I'd be a fool to return & eat there again.

I guess the green lantern will go down in comic book cross-overs as a warning how not to conduct yourself in film finance & profitability.

Sadly the initial reports that this film couldn't stand on its own 2 feet were right (Damn)
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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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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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on 25 March 2016
CGI costume not to everyone's tastes but i thought it worked well(not bad enough to negatively mark down anyway) good acting from everyone , excellent script and some cracking lines, dialog . the villain was an absolute treat and is so talented( not seen him before or since ) ..
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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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on 7 December 2015
Arrived fast, well packed and a great film, especially if you like DC Comic movies.
I'll not say anything to spoil it for anyone interested in seeing it, just, get it...You won't be disappointed.
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on 6 October 2015
Green Lantern is in my opinion an extremely underrated super hero movie.

The plot for the film follows faithfully the storyline originating in Green Lantern DC comic books of the late 50s early 60s. It took CGI effects only possible in the 21st century to bring the power of his emerald ring to life and with 3D Blu-ray the movie is even more outstanding.

Don't be put off from seeing this film by it's criticism or it's poor performance at the box office it is highly entertaining. As for Ryan Reynolds his performance hits just the right key. I've seen other super hero movies and believe me Green Lantern is near the top of my ten best S H movies.
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