Dusty wrote:I have seen it.
Let's just start with the prerequisite: I am a total fanboy for this property. This is the comic that captured my imagination when I was 8 or 9 years old and introduced me to a world of superheroes I was largely unaware of. This was the comic that fully brought me back into comic fandom in my twenties. Hal Jordan is my favorite superhero. I've dreamed of this property becoming a movie for a long, long time.
I was hesitant at Ryan Reynolds' casting. I was mildly concerned after the first trailer. I was properly freaked right the fuck out after the critics reviews came out a couple days ago. I was legitimately concerned the 9 year old Dusty was gonna cry himself to sleep tonight, like so many Fantastic Four and Ghost Rider fans certainly have in the past. So, I was quite nervous when I sat down in that theater full of green t-shirts.
That. Was. AWESOME.
Fuck all 79 of the critics that panned it right in the ear. That was GREEN LANTERN brought to life, plain and simple.
Reynolds nailed it. He is one charismatic fucker. The humor worked, it was never over the top. He was cocky and witty, yet vulnerable enough to convey the humanity necessary.
Mark Strong is a pitch perfect Sinestro. He's got that sneering, superior air about him, yet still comes off as a badass.
Peter Sarsgaard was creepy as hell as Hector Hammond. He did go pretty over the top near the end, but you probably would too if a fear monster was burrowing into your brain.
Blake Lively was perfectly serviceable as Carol Ferris. That was a pretty thankless part, but she did fine with what she had.
The effect work was TREMENDOUS. The suit/mask was never distracting. Parallax was pretty gruesome looking (and maybe it was just me, but it sure seemed like Clancy Brown was channeling his inner Unicron for that voice). Oa was stunning. The Guardians are still pricks. Kilowog (in what was more or less an extended cameo) was great.
I'm not deluded enough to think it was perfect. It's too short. Too much stuff happens too quickly. I imagine the average person who has no knowledge of this concept might have trouble keeping up. Also, the opening prologue seems superfluous. It's kind of a stilted way to start the movie, and I don't even think it was necessary. Everything that it laid out was explained pretty plainly as the movie progressed. The flashback to how Hal's dad died would probably have been a better way to open the movie (and the way that was shown was kind of awkward).
I went with a friend who is not a Green Lantern fan, but is a big time cinephile. He read the reviews and was expecting a trainwreck. When it was over the first thing he said to me was "how is THAT at 20% on Rotten Tomatoes?" He said he thought it was the equal of Thor. I think that's about right.
You have no idea how relieved/excited I am. Now I just hope it makes a ton of money this weekend.
LLcruize wrote:If it does that or better, should help to get back the 150 million production budget.
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