Green Lantern

Monday, September 26 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Green Lantern

JOY REVIEW

Green Lantern is based, of course, on characters appearing in DC Comics. In this one, there are powerful forces that have existed for centuries, protectors of peace and justice, called The Green Lantern Core. Each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him the ability to create anything his mind can imagine. The wearer is sworn to keep intergalactic order. Okay, if this sounds a little like Purple Prose, well, welcome to the world of Green Lantern. The biggest problem is actually the writing on this one. It is very purple. On the other hand, so is Ryan Reynolds, who plays the Green Lantern. He basically plays a kind of hotshot pilot who’s always taking chances and always getting in trouble. And a dying Green Lantern comes to Earth and his ring seeks out Ryan, who is picked for a reason. Ryan Reynolds is terrific as The Green Lantern, because he has enough self-deflecting and deflating humor to be kind of adorable as a superhero; a reluctant superhero. Across him is the kind of cute Blake Lively playing his fellow pilot and child sweetheart Carol Ferris. Unfortunately, she can’t act her way out of a paper sack and there’s not a whole lot of chemistry between the two. But the real problem about this one is the writing. It’s just really ridiculous to the extent of laughably ridiculous. And I know they’re trying to be a comic book, but Batman has set the standard pretty high. The latest X-Men sets it pretty high. I think you can be comic book and not be really bad writing.  The special effects are terrific in this one, and it may be the best special effects of all the comic book movies. So Ryan is adorable, the special effects are terrific, but the writing is lousy. So I’ll give it a three.

JOY METER