Tagline: One of us… becomes them.
Director: Martin Campbell.
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong.
Runtime: 114 minutes.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆☆☆ 7/10
Green Lantern tells one of the many Green Lantern tales. The writers decided to choose Hal Jordan rather than the original Lantern, Alan Scott. I can’t remember why they did this, but it was probably because Hal Jordan is a test pilot, an exciting, modern profession wrought with danger. One day Hal messes up a contract at work, and goes to his nephew’s birthday party, but on his way home is suddenly picked up by a mysterious ball of energy and transported to the crash-site of an alien craft. The alien in question is Abin-Sur, the most powerful of all the Green Lantern Corps. Jordan is then chosen by Abin-Sur’s ring to become the next (and first human) Green Lantern.
What follows is a slightly muddled tale of growing up, accepting responsibility and ultimately overcoming fear. The pacing is a little off, but all movies are these days as 90% of them are written as trilogies, which Green Lantern quite clearly is. The casting is excellent, Reynolds is perfect as Hal Jordan, and Mark Strong as Sinestro is spot on as an antagonising protagonist. There is also a slight nod (in my opinion, but my cousin also agreed) to the upcoming Captain America/Avengers movies during a sparring scene involving Sinestro and Hal Jordan (look out for it).
The visual effects are superb, not quite as good as TRON: Legacy, the benchmark for which I set visual effects (as far as creating entire CGI worlds goes, anyway), but still excellent. It should be noted that I saw the 2D version, as I am not a fan of 3D.
My only two complaints are that one major plot point is left unsolved (writing for trilogies, remember) and that the film could and should have gone in a different direction, without giving too much away.