I have returned from going from the brightest day outdoors to the darkness night of a movie theater to see the much-anticipated Warner Bros./DC Comics live action film featuring the Emerald Warrior who has graced DC Comics in various incarnations for years.
With Hollywood's history of taking great comic books stories and twisting them up, I have been concerned about what this movie would do to one of my favorite superheroes.
A couple of hours later and I was pleasantly surprised. The overall film was very good. Ryan Reynolds did a great job as Jordan/Lantern. His portrayal was dead on the money. His portrayal of Jordan as the reluctant hero who finally accepts his destiny and rises to the occasion was a perfect fit for the character and truly gained viewer sympathy for him and his situation.
Blake Lively was a very beautiful and perfectly cast Carol Ferris, Peter Sarsgaard was spot on as Hector Hammond, who was the person on Earth, possessed by Parallax. Major kudos to Mark Strong for playing a Sinestro who was every bit the character fans have come to hate in the comics, and to Temuera Morrison (Star Wars' Boba Fett) for his role as Abin Sur, the Lantern whose heroic death sets the stage for Jordan to get the ring.
The voice work for the film was exceptional, especially considering the cast that was assembled to perform it. Special kudos to Geoffrey Rush for his work as Tomar-Re, and Michael Clarke Duncan, whose voice work as Kilowog was dead on the money. Now, some folks are getting upset over that bit of casting, accusing it of being racist. Those making that claim are, in this writer's opinion, showing a total lack of knowledge regarding the character.
Kilowog is a cross between Louis Gossett Jr.'s and R. Lee Ermey's performances as drill sergeants in their respective film roles. Kilowog is a hard-nosed, no-nonsense, drill instructor and with his voice, played it perfectly as such.
The CGI work in the film was absolutely delightful, and gave the viewer an incredible image of what the moviemaker’s vision of the planet Oa, which was a very believable one. James Newton Howard once again has given fans an incredible soundtrack for the movie, with every piece fitting the scene perfectly.
Now, with all that said, I must acknowledge that the writers did stray away from the canon of the Green Lantern a little bit. Specifically, in the comics, Green Lantern can not create complex machinery with the ring. However, in the movie, during the battle training on Oa, Jordan was able to create a very complete rapid fire gun with the ring.
Except for that one bit of straying away from the historic story, the movie writers did a great job writing the story that has brought one of the lesser known heroes of the DC Universe to the big screen. This movie is a must-see for DC Comics fans, and for anyone who likes a couple of hours of good, escapism entertainment.
Also, don't leave when the credits start as there is a major Easter egg about halfway during the credits that will possibly set the stage for another film.
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