This movie is a very textbook origin story, I almost felt like a high-schooler on a particularly boring study trip to a manufacture factory, led by an equally (perhaps ever more) bored supervisor (or just some unlucky employees) through a very minimum dose of the real operation of the factory. Barely scratching the surface, so to speak. There’s definitely a palpable sigh of relief when it’s finally over.
Green Lantern is my second favorite superhero and therefore, I had a pretty extensive knowledge of the entire universe that constitutes its mythology, principle characters, history, and everything in between. The first time I heard about the project, I was half excited, and half worried. I mean, how would you condense a significant material into a two-hour feature length? Answer, compensate. The movie made a lot of it and the end result, as it was expected, was unsatisfactory. Even if taken solely as a movie, it was I think, the weakest superhero movie of the year. And it wasn’t really a good year for superhero movies to begin with.
The biggest problem with this movie is that everything was half-done. It would’ve been nice if we’re talking about a premium beef steak or a simple fried egg for breakfast. Half-done is the way to go for them. Unfortunately, we’re talking about a movie here. It was still a commendable effort from the writers though, since even if (most) parts are simplified, the bare minimum essentials were at least, captured. Enough to get a sequel (or a trilogy) going. But, as it happened, if you asked me, it won’t be happening. Back to the drawing board, DC.
The origin of the Green Lantern Corps was told in a quick manner, on a voiceover juxtaposed over CGI scenes that probably straight out of film school, which should you be late coming to the theater (which is quite a norm in a movie theater here. What is wrong with you, people? If you can’t make it on time for a movie, how’d you expect to be on time for anything else?), chances are you’d have no idea about what the Corps are or how they came into being. Not that you’d care if you had paid attention, mind you. It wasn’t like a proper prologue in a fiction, more like a preamble on a particularly boring non-fiction stuff which you’d often skipped when reading anyway. The prologue/preamble/whatever also functioned as a proxy to introduce the movie’s main villain which in itself, opposes another problem. It detaches any significance and importance that the villain probably should have that when it (finally) comes to a showdown between our hero and it/him/her, it lacks any suspense nor excitement because we had that unimportant feeling toward it/him/her in the first place.
And then there’s this philosophy about the Corps’ color. About green being the color of free will, and yellow being the color of fear. Believe me, it sounds ridiculous in the comic books, and it’s still ridiculous on screen. However, there’s a certain charm in the books that I think, not quite transferable to the screen, so there …
All in all, the movie had tried to do and explain everything, and cram a dense material into a feature length movie. The relationships between characters were though to watch, sometimes simplified (example, Hal Jordan’s friend’s first impression upon seeing the power of the ring), and in general, lacks excitement and grandeur that the Corps should have in the first place. I mean, hey, they’re the Guardians of the Universe’s Corps, for Pete’s sake. On contrary, the movie spends quite a significant amount of time developing the relationships between Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris, at some point, it threatens the movie to turn into a romance. But as with everything else in the movie, even this is half-done.
Finally, it’s probably a bit spoiler-ish, but as a fan, I’m hugely disappointed with the relationship (or the absence of it) between Hal Jordan and Sinestro. Heck, in general, as a fan, I’m certainly not happy with it.