I saw Green Lantern last night, with the family. A lot of fun, especially since my wife handed me a Green Lantern mask and ring and told me I had to wear them when we went to the movie. We went the to the always delightful Harvest Moon Drive-In in Gibson City, Illinois:
Harvest Moon Drive-In
I am trying to be as objective as possible in discussing this movie. I will admit that I was not thrilled with Ryan Reynolds being cast as Green Lantern. I also think that the early ads tried to showcase Reynolds' signature snarky humor a lot more than they should have.
Finally, there were about two, maybe three parts of the movie where I was scratching my head a bit because there seemed to be a disconnect between what happened between scenes, or at least the logic behind what ended up happening.
However, with all of the above said, I don't really know why this movie is being reviewed so badly. I'm not expecting it to get acclaim and ovation, I'm just not sure why. If people were just saying that they wished it had done X or Y better, I could understand. But it's like this movie has given review the green light (so to speak) to dive into massive hyperbole mode.
It's an average movie, bumped up a notch on the "worth seeing" list if you have any interest in comics in general and DC and Green Lantern specifically. If you are a fan of Green Lantern, there isn't much of a reason to be upset by this movie. It's not a bad translation, even if it could have been better.
Now, I also realize that some of the reasons this movie wasn't as good as it could have been aren't of much concern to reviewers. This movie had to:
1. Introduce Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
2. Introduce the Green Lantern Corps concept, including the metric crap ton of DCU aliens involved
3. Begin slowly introducing the wider DCU ("why hello there Amanda Waller")
4. Seed some future Green Lantern stories
5. Provide a big bang to prove that other DC heroes can carry a movie
Given the figures thus far for Green Lantern, the Flash and Justice League projects may not be as certain as one may have liked. It's a bit disappointing, and perhaps, in retrospect, Flash would have been a better expansion point that a huge mythos like the Green Lantern Corps.
I also could be very, very wrong about this, but I'm wondering if announcing that "Everything you Know Will Change in a Flash" wasn't just a catchy phrase for Flashpoint, but also the new guiding principle for the rebooted DC Universe didn't slow down some of the built in base the movie may have had among the normally geek inclined.
Final Jibe: I did hear at one time that this script was going to be based on Emerald Dawn. Honestly, that is probably a much more film friendly origin story than the somewhat Secret Origins version of Hal's origin that this movie seemed to try and draw inspiration from. Just a thought.