Friday, June 17, 2011

Green Lantern

“In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil's might,
Beware my power... Green Lantern's light!”

If you don’t recognize these words then you’ve neither picked up a Green Lantern comic book…ever…nor have you been around my dad lately. He’s been quoting these lines the last few weeks any time the Green Lantern is mentioned. Why? Why not?

IMDB sums up Green Lantern as follows:

“A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.”

Straight and to the point. I like it.

I, once again, decided that being fully awake while at work isn’t altogether necessary and went to the midnight showing. Was it worth it? Oh yeah. This was yet another movie that I highly anticipated. There have been several instances in which I was so psyched about seeing a movie and then was left feeling disappointed. X-Men: First Class would be a good example. I had no such problem with Green Lantern.

First of all, Hal Jordan/Green Lantern is played by Ryan Reynolds. Enough said. One of my male co-workers mentioned a few weeks ago that he has a man-crush on Ryan. That’s how hot he is. Ryan, that is. But enough of that. He really was a good choice for the character of Hal. They needed someone with a good body to fit in that skin-tight suit. Check. They needed someone handsome because, for some reason, you just can’t have a plain-looking hero. Check. They needed someone who comes across as cocky. Check. Sorry, Ryan, but it’s true. The list could go on but I do need to get at least a little sleep tonight. Ryan Reynolds. Good choice. Period. Exclamation point!

Second, there's actually a lesson to be learned from this film. It's okay to be afraid as long as you don't let that fear control your life. Mark Twain wrote, "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave." Every man (and woman) fears something but not all of us push past that fear to find the person we each have the possiblity of being. Or something like that.

Blake Lively did a pretty good job as Hal’s love interest, Carol Ferris. Once again we have a woman who can stand up for herself. Yea! I am curious, though, about whether or not she has something written in to her contact stating that if she shows a facial wrinkle at any time during the movie she has to forfeit some of her pay. She barely moves her mouth in any of her movie/TV appearances and her forehead is never creased. Heaven forbid! Is Botox involved or is she just unable to show emotion? You be the judge.

The bad guy (Hector Hammond) is portrayed by Peter Sarsgaard and while attractive in real life they made him so not attractive in this movie. I’d like to know where it was written that bad guys must be ugly. Yes, I realize that in some movies this is not the case but for the most part they are either ugly to begin with or they become ugly as their villainy grows. Hector, as we first see him, would be classified in today’s world as nerdy looking. The more evil he becomes the uglier he gets. Why? Could he not be a bad guy if he were good looking? Could Hal Jordan not be as effective if he were plain or unattractive? Hmmm. Peter did a good job with the part he was given. He didn’t really do a lot of talking. It was mostly yelling and throwing things around with his mind. Sorry, Peter, but an Oscar is not in your future for this film.

There was violence in this movie but not really any blood or gore. The main villain (not Peter) was kind of hokey. Yes, he would scare me if we met in person but, seeing him from the safety of my theater seat, I was more amused than scared. There was cussing but I think I recall only two or three words and I don’t think the big one was used at all. And they still managed to write an entire movie. Gasp! Alcohol was imbibed in a scene or two but there were no drugs. I noticed, while sitting through the credits, that a blurb was included stating that no one was paid for endorsing tobacco products in this movie. I found this amusing for some reason. There is absolutely no nudity or sex. If you were hoping to see Ryan in all his glory…sorry. You’ll just have to make do with The Proposal.

I will most definitely see this again and will buy it when it comes out on DVD. I see no reason why children can’t watch it other than I’m hoping the main villain would scare them. As mentioned ad nauseam throughout my blog, I don’t want children to not be scared of creepy monster-type villains in movies. I’m worried for our world if they aren’t. If your child watches movies like Transformers or Thor or It (Just kidding. Please tell me you haven’t let you child watch It.) then this movie should be fine for them. I think P.T. will love this. I can’t wait to hear what she thinks.

P.S. Stay through the first part of the credits. After what happens…happens…you can go home. There’s nothing else but credits and super hero music.

P.P.S. I sat on the top row during the movie but then moved down front during the credits and it seemed more 3D-y down there. Does anyone know whether or not where you sit in the theater matters or am I imagining things?

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