63- Green Lantern [2.5]
In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers.
In watching Green Lantern, I was overwhelmed by how much the film got wrong as opposed to getting right. The film is the perfect embodiment of drastically over-budgeted CGI films with not an ounce of soul. Considering the scope of the source material, a large budget would be understandable in creating Oa and all the constructs, but just where did all that money go to? Perhaps Martin Campbell and crew could have used it to spend and additional few weeks getting a bearable performance out of Blake Lively.
I don’t believe Ryan Reynolds is at fault here. He plays what’s given to him with his usually douchey-charisma, and tries his best to make the most out of the script. Unfortunately, the film either got hacked away in editing or there wasn’t a good job done in fleshing out the structure. Characters appear for one scene that are suppose to have some emotional baring and then disappear for the entirety of the film, never to be mentioned again. Mark Sinestro is fantastic with what little he is given as Sinestro. (For some reason, that man was just born to play a villain.) He layers his performance with enough to be worthy of given award just for rising above this crap fest.
There is no conceivable way that Warner Brothers is going to return to this universe. Besides being a certified financial flop, the audiences turned away in droves because the filmmakers didn’t make a coherent, worthwhile film. No matter how hard WB wants a new franchise to replace Harry Potter, perhaps they should focus on the bare minimum requirements for making a good movie before considering multiple ones.