The big-budget adaptation of Green Lantern is a fairly entertaining popcorn movie with a stentorian beginning, a strong finish, and a middle section which feels about a half-hour longer than it actually is. That’s not entirely unwelcome, because GL’s leads are charming when they need to be and engaging otherwise. Ryan Reynolds makes a good Hal Jordan, Blake Lively comes across pretty well as Carol Ferris, Mark Strong stands out as Sinestro, and Peter Skaarsgard plays Hector Hammond effectively as a misfit-turned-skeevy-sociopath.
Unfortunately, this is not director Martin Campbell’s best genre film, falling short of both the brisk, precise Bond reinvention Casino Royale (2005) and the clever, nimble Mask Of Zorro (1998). Even so, Green Lantern is an ambitious attempt to bring the comics’ fusion of space opera and Earthbound superheroics to a general audience, and for the most part it succeeds.
The cover for this week’s San Diego Comic-Con-themed issue of Entertainment Weekly shines a light on something fans have wanted to see for a while now: Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan in his full (CGI) Green Lantern costume. Ribbed for her pleasure!
According to the teaser on EW’s website, the cover story takes you behind the scenes for the making of Green Lantern movie. “We need a circus of Timothy Learys to think of things Hal would invent with his ring,” Reynolds says. Tune in, turn on, power up.
See the full cover, in all its high-res emerald splendor, after the break.