“Green Lantern” is a Story that's Razzie Worthy

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.
Release Date: June 17th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action.

Director: Martin Campbell

JJ Rating: B-

Hal Jordan gets a ring from a dying purple alien and turns into a superhero. Green Lantern.

The Three Things that were Good about this film:
1. The acting by everyone. Except one person.
2. There were a few scenes that were awesome and one of my favorites was when Carol Ferris (Blake Lively) sees Green Lantern for the first time. I love that scene. The entire film should have been that charming.
3. Great CGI work. Was it all needed, eh…but it was great. One of the things I enjoyed was how his eyes turned white. Trumps the way Storm’s eyes turned white in the first X-Men Trilogy.

The Six Things that were Bad about this film:
1. I found one person to be unnecessary in the entire film was Hal’s best friend. I didn’t seem him as anything but a filler. X-Men: First Class is how to handle several different characters, making them seem like they’re all necessary.
2. The entire story was so drawn out and boring it made me feel like it was thirty minutes longer than X-Men: First Class instead of thirty minutes shorter. They put way too much beginning in a film that should have just started. Green Lantern should’ve been in mid battle when the monster tries to defeat him and Hal goes through his entire past to find the will to live. Starting at the beginning with how he became Green Lantern was a terrible idea.
3. The score. Unforgettable.
4. The scene during the credits was weak sauce.
5. I can’t imagine sitting through this again.
6. DC needed this film to rocket, but I think it just sputtered due to a terrible script written just to get a Razzie.

Green Lantern had much going for it from the cast to the idea, but someone refused to allow the story to tell itself without forcing it to be told. They should have started the film in mid fight and do flashbacks up to the climax of Green Lantern winning. As I’ve learned for the past year and half about writing, knowing where to start is very, very important. Green Lantern started at the beginning and that’s not always the best place to start. It lacked enough imagination to even wield the ring its story is about. And that’s just Pathetic. DC is losing the film battle. Marvel is up two.

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