Fox Newspaper Gives Warners’ Green Lantern One Star Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors
The British Sunday newspaper The News Of The World, published by News International, who own Twentieth Century Fox was very kind to X-Men First Class, as Private Eye recently pointed out, with uncritical star interview after interview.
For Warners’ upcoming Green Lantern movie, they have been less kind. While the buzz on the floor is that despite the hype, it’s a rather medoocre movie, the News Of The World gave it the lowest grade available.
With quotes such as “this superhero flick, based on the popular DC Comics series, is two finger-drumming hours of puffed-up, prancing tripe, that couldn’t have been any more irritating if the lead role was played by that bellowing Go Compare fatso.”
And “the film’s a five-way pile up of ropey plotting, terrible editing, pompous dialogue, pointless 3D and atrocious effects, and it feels like it goes on forever.”
Before going on a rant about the size of the character’s foreheads. Well, they did see it in 3D, that kind of thing might stick out.
There’s no doubt that Green Lantern is not going to be a critical success. But is it really quite that bad? Or is it the usual studio knockabout that means we’re at the start of the silly season…
Review: Awkward, uneven Green Lantern packs no punch - HitFix.com
In a summer where we've had some good superhero films already and we're seeing people really start to have fun with the genre, "Green Lantern" stands out as a pretty major misstep. Visually, it's an eyesore. It is the first genuinely ugly film shot by Dion Beebe, and between the production design by Grant Major and the New Orleans locations, it feels artificial, like the entire thing was shot on a small, dingy backlot. It feels like a pretty major missed opportunity, and I have a feeling this will be a lot more "The Shadow" than Tim Burton's "Batman" when it comes to the general public. I can't imagine word of mouth being any good for the film, especially not for people who are new to the character and the world.
The ring may not make mistakes when it chooses a new Green Lantern, but plenty of mistakes were made in bringing "Green Lantern" to the screen, and in the end, I have a feeling this is our one and only trip to Oa.
It's currently sitting at a wopping 20% on Rotten Tomatoes. 14% for Top Critics (only 7 reviews for now)....
Looks like this things a giant green turd.
In the interest of fair play...this one is sort of positive.
Review: Green Lantern Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors
Fanboys have ruined the funnybooks. And they’re ruining the movies too. I should know. I’m a fanboy.
The disposable 4-colour yarns of the Silver Age have grown into weighty and expensive Absolute Editions. And with an adult price tag comes the expectation of adult content. Everything has to be ‘dark’.
Now, I loved The Dark Knight. It’s the cinematic apotheosis of the Absolute Edition aesthetic. But I’m not going to watch it with my superhero-loving daughter for at least a decade.
What are we doing for the original comic book audience? My 8-year-old wouldn’t enjoy a Nolanverse movie, even if I let her watch one. She may well tolerate a candy coloured Schumacher Bat-flick. But I can’t.
Our narrow common ground for superhero movies is somewhere in the region of The Incredibles, the bowdlerised Ultimate Avengers animations and the much maligned ‘not dark enough’ Fantastic 4 movies.
Green Lantern is crafted from the ground up as a daft, entertaining romp that’s a hell of a lot closer to Rise of the Silver Surfer than The Dark Knight Rises.
You can get a sense of the demographic the studio might be after when the first trailer before Green Lantern is Happy Feet 2.
After the long quest for darkness in comic book movies, that’s rather refreshing. But does it work?
Well, before I start straying into spoiler territory – yes. Yes it does.