Just when I thought that the summer was going to be defined by a set of great tentpole films (I really liked both X-Men: First Class and Super 8) I sat through the dreck that is Green Lantern. Based on a storyline that is more suited for Saturday morning cartoons than a big screen production, the film had the awkward feel of a children’s made-for-TV animation that got redefined along the way to be a live-action “adult” movie.
Movies based on comic book characters are a tricky business, because there’s a decision to be made about whether to be completely true to the original source material even when it might be juvenile and a poorly thought out story, or whether to reinvent and reimagine the character to create a compelling screen character for our contemporary culture. A lot of films drag down somewhere between these two extremes, films like The Hulk, Fantastic Four or X-Men: The Last Stand, and end up expensive flops. Other films work with strong source material and come out great: The Dark Knight is an amazing reimagining of Batman as a dark, tortured character very much in line with the original comic book character.
And … they’re already at work on a sequel. How depressing.
I found no “half-baked story elements” anywhere on the film.
Watch again the fight of Siniestro vs Hal, they both create a wall, but the first can destroy the second’s wall and not viceversa. Why? because willpower is your weakness (like in the movie Matrix where Neo needs to believe to be able to fly). Creating a river? Mmm… second reason: On the comics the entire city of GL is blown up and the guy just rez it up again, consecuence? Blue small guys that created the ring suspend Hal because he broke the rules. Is just logical and ethical not to do anything you want just because you can (this is a superher movie remeber?).