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hanso 6/19/2011 3:11:39 PM

Green Lantern had all the elements to be a great flick, unfortunately it fails like Lebron James in the 4th quarter of the NBA Finals.

karas1 6/19/2011 3:29:56 PM

evilbeagle, Fillion is a terrific actor and could have done a good job as Green Lantern.  I guess he is on people's minds as he just did voice acting for an animated GL movie.

The actor who really could have knocked it out of the park was Ben Browder!  He could have done a really good job as Hal Jordan, though maybe both he and Fillion are a tad old to play Hal Jordan in that script.  Since the Hal Jordan of this movie has so many issues with self confidence and maturity an actor much older than his mid twenties wouldn't be too believable.

flyinroo 6/19/2011 4:14:12 PM

I'm not surprised by these numbers. I thought it was an okay movie, but nothing more. Cars 2 will destroy it next week. I have no desire to see the new Cars movie since i didnt like the first one at all. I'm surprised at how Super 8 kept some decent numbers. That was another film I thought was just really boring. It had some really good acting, but the story was just lame.

I think GL will end up as a reboot in the near future rather than having a sequel. I also think Ryan Renolds should avoid superhero movies from now on. I like him a lot, but he has done too many comic movies that have ended up to be pretty bad. I'm not blaming him...the stories were weak...but nevertheless, I think he should move on to something else.

InnerSanctum 6/19/2011 4:21:34 PM

 Okay, I'd much rather see a reboot of GL than a sequel.  

vitieddie 6/19/2011 4:42:34 PM

this is f#ked up

samson 6/19/2011 4:51:23 PM

I saw GL and Super 8 yesterday. Actually enjoyed GL more. My girl, who isn't a superhero movie fan, liked GL too. She that it was better than Thor and Xmen 1st class. Poor thing. I drag her to all the 'loud exploding things" movies. ...lol

In making a Speilberg-esque film, JJ Abrams shows us that he is definitely no Speilberg (or Donner for that matter). The only thing that movie made me want to do was to rent ET or The Goonies. But, I must admit, I'm not a Abrams fan. Thought he did a good job on Star Trek, though. Everything else he does, movie wise, is just watchnable to me. Nothing more. However, love his TV work.

The reason the Marvel movies, the Nolan Batman films, and Singer's Xmen movies end up being good is because they aren't written by committee. For the most part, they benefit from a singular guiding vision. Plus, the director's take the material seriously. They don't just set out to make a comic book movie. They start out making a good film. I'm not entirely sure Martin Cambell aproached GL from that angle. 

GL was entertaining, but not good. It could have really been epic. But, it seemed to have been dumbed down. Feel wise, It had WB written all over it when it should have had DC. I'd be up for a sequel if they learn from their mistakes with this one.

RaithManan 6/19/2011 4:55:46 PM

Being that Green Lantern is on my top 4 list of heroes with Batman right at the top of the list, people looked at me weird back in the days for reading his comics as they never found GL remotely interesting.  Granted they weren't earth shattering until comics started to take the edgy adult approach and GL had been injected with some much needed bravado.  As far as the movie goes, it isn't really good, but it isn't really bad either.  Had a nice start because Lantern's origin is rather simple, short and to the point as in the comic, decent pacing and a good enough introductory to hold your attention. 

The film could have benefitted with an extra 5 or 6 minutes of story between Abin Sur and Parallax (wow the visuals for him was more laughable than cloudy Galactus) before the eventual re-encounter that would ultimately lead to Abin Sur's demise.  Speaking of the visuals, the very first trailer from last year was evident that they should have put in more work as they were good in some spots and unconvincing in others.  And this is inspite dumping another $10 million for the visual touch up job as told here on Mania early last month. 

Its a shame that Geoffery Rush and Michael Clarke Duncan were ushered in and out with very little screen time as Tomar-Re and Kilowog respectively as their vocals fit them like a glove.  And Mark Strong damn near stole the movie as Sinestro as the film at times almost centered on him as much as Reynolds.  The training sequence were the best moments of the entire film aside from GL making constructs a varying points in the movie.

Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) was an unnecessary plot device as Parallax's lackey and could have been done without.  Amanda Waller (good to have Angela Bassett) was wasted unless it was intended to plant the seeds for the much worrisome Justice League movie, and if it was the goal, it wasn't done very well.

As far as Reynolds go (WOULD BE BEST SERVED AS KYLE RAYNOR IN MY VIEW), inspite of him being a talented actor, I am not a fan of his largely of my disdain for him making Blade: Trinity at times painful to watchful with his UNFUNNY scenes and I still want to choke the life out of him for that.  But here in GL, he really wanted to make it work with his performance and kept much of the humor in-check here and I admire him for approaching this with a degree of seriousness and he mirrored much of Jordan's flying style.  Too bad much of the film after the 25 minute mark just didn't have a lot of meat to support it, but picked up in the closing moments during the final battle. 

I'm sure they will do a GL sequel, God forbid we keep getting Resident Evil sequels inspite those not being very entertaining.  I just wish they had kept building up the moment of Sinestro's putting on the yellow ring in a sequel instead of adding it in as a bonus after a rather shabby ending.  

And to a certain reviewer from AintitCool for comparing GL as this year's Jonah Hex, I should smack him silly as that was a very bad comparison.  Green Lantern is definitely better than Ghost Rider and Hex is slightly better than Halle Berry's Catwoman mostly by accident as I would slap those movies down with Battlefield: EarthIshstar and anything with Tom Green, but in no way GL mirrors the god-awfulness of Hex

Hobbs 6/19/2011 5:02:12 PM

I thought I was going to come out of the GL movie calling it Green Wilder but I didn't.  Frankly, I'm surprised at all the hate for this movie.  It wasn't bad and wasn't great.  I ranks up there above Super 8 for me this summer. 

monelonmonday 6/19/2011 5:31:42 PM

 just saw green lantern,it was ok,not great but ok,there will be a sequel i am sure,why reboot & start over,first ones out,just let it slide,especially with that after credits shot,the movie could have been better starting with a better parallax & crisper story telling

decepticons2 6/19/2011 5:49:43 PM

Wow Dalgoda $4 thats insane. Its $12.75 here at all the theatres then more for 3D and Imax. I also wonder about price versus filled seats. I am a pretty big hater of Walmart but they know to sell lots of crap price it cheap.

Now onto GL, there was alot of stuff packed into such a short movie. Sinestro was also set up quite well. While I don't think WB is going to make what they hope. The sequel has the potential to be one of the best comic movies. I am not sure why they shoved so much into this movie while sacrificng the actual movie.

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