Green Lantern (2011)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 2011.  Warner Bros., De Line Pictures, DC Entertainment, DC Comics.  Screen story by , , , Screenplay by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Greg Berlanti, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Ambitious, beautifully shot but ultimately flat entry in the superhero genre, with the always amiable  trying but failing to make much of an impression.  He plays a hotshot jet pilot whose unruly ways are hemmed in good when an alien crash lands on earth’s shores and its powerful ring becomes Reynolds’ property.  The power it wields is to make your will a reality, its bearers “lanterns” of the universe who protect the vulnerable from forces of evil.  This is a good thing considering that a villain named Parallax is on its way to destroy Earth, its energy of pure fear infecting a nerdy high school science teacher () and turning him into a bulb-headed monster.  The setup is interminably long, with the memory of a dead father haunting our hero while the love of a good woman () tries to inspire him to achieve more, but the story’s dark side is as disingenuous as the interplay between the romantic leads is dull.  Reynolds is never convincing as anything other than a likeable guy, while a weird blend of jokey self-awareness awkwardly and incorrectly pierces what is otherwise a bland and self-important affair.

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