When it comes to film titles, it’s not difficult to confuse me. Hell, it’s not difficult to confuse me full stop. So when the Green Lantern came out at the cinema, I was convinced it was the Green Hornet. Or was it the other way round? Or does it even matter? Or are they the same person? Or do I care? Either way, Dexter’s dad realised that perhaps he was just a little too young for the film and they walked out after half an hour.
Fast forward six months and we were given the opportunity to review the DVD. Now, as I’ve explained, I’m not the greatest at staying awake during films but I was aware that the Green Lantern could prove a bit tricky and that maybe, at least on this occasion, I really should be the responsible parent, blah blah blah … and stay awake.
Nothing WHATSOEVER to do with Ryan Reynolds starring in it.
OK, so Dexter was happy to watch it and being eight years old I was aware that I’d have to perhaps cover his ears at certain points – I mean, I NEVER swear at home. Ahem … but we’d at least give it another go and if he didn’t like it, I’d just turn it off.
Just to set the scene, the film is another spin-off of the DC comic book hero who perhaps isn’t as well known as the others but, well, did I mention Ryan Reynolds is in it?
Here comes the blurb: A cocky test pilot, Hal Jordan (‘Ryan Reynolds’ ), acquires superhuman powers when he is chosen by “the Ring”, the willpower-fed source of power, of the Green Lantern Intergalactic Corps. He, reluctantly at first, takes on the challenges these superheroes face. Putting his self-doubts aside, and spurred on by his sense of duty and love for his beautiful, intellectually equal, colleague, Carol Ferris he is soon called to defend mankind from Parallax, a super-powerful being who feeds on fear. He is the universe’s last chance, as many Lanterns have been killed and the Corps is weakened. And he might just be the right Lantern for the job of keeping the world safe from harm. (Thanks imdb!)
I think we’re meant to take comic book films with a pinch of salt. I know I do. But perhaps I’m not really the target audience – I find them a little absurd if I’m honest. However, I’m not a boy (last time I looked,) and Dexter really enjoyed it. He was that little bit older and even though there were a few parts that I thought were a little scary for him, he wanted to stay watching it. I don’t think Dexter really realised either that Reynolds really isn’t a very good actor in this. The romance bit, (and I quote, “Urgh yuk.”) wasn’t at all believable but Peter Sarsgaard who played Hector Hammond, the scientist fella, was pretty good. A mixed bag of acting really.
I loved the Iron Man films and even stayed awake during an X Men film once but as far as comic book films go, we’re just left with the ‘heroes’ that no-one really knows (or cares) about. Unfortunately, I think the Green Lantern is one of those films.
Dexter enjoyed it for the battle scenes, that’s pretty much how he bases all films – on whether the fighting was any good, but as far as an all round, entertaining film is concerned, for me, well, I was left very disappointed.