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Green Lantern
Review by Ross Anthony

Lantern? Hornet -- thatís cool sounding. But, Lantern? Doesnít quite have the superhero "ring" to it. Or is it just me? Perhaps because of the name, I didnít expect much from this production. But, honestly, quite frankly, I ultimately enjoyed this film.

First and foremost, itís an origin story. The tale of how a guy who canít quite beat his own fear becomes the Green Lantern. Even though aliens are involved, and a secret agent ring of sorts, and well, a lantern, the themes are everyman issues. Each one of us has fears in life to face. Each one of us can measure our worth by our will to overcome those fears. In a world where the almighty dollar seems to be garnering so much attention, these themes are sorely welcomed.

As comic book-to-movie films go, Iím often disappointed with the super villains. But, Lantern has a rather interesting one to offer. Kudos to Peter Sarsgaard for giving that character juicy nuances, especially in facial expression. Add in some high impact action (but not too much), a decent sense of humor, romance even, solid 3-D .. and hey, this Lantern shines. It has some bumpy editing seams, and a comparatively tame climax. Additionally, I would have liked the tender family/nephew connection to reprise. Lastly, towards the end, the writing behind the strong female lead begins to wane into sap. Still, I enjoyed itís unexpected exploration of basic human nature. Strong B+, weak A-. Iíll round up.

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  • Green Lantern. Copyright © 2011.
  • Starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins, Jay O Sanders. Directed by Martin Campbell. Written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green (VII), Marc Guggenheim, Michael Goldenberg. Warner Bros.
  • Produced by Mark Johnson, Philip Steuer at Buena Vista/Disney and Walden Media.

Grade..........................A- (3/4)


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