I can already tell Schumacher's Batman & Robin will be > GL.
DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS PIECE OF SHIAT!
Mark Strong Wisely Clipped Sinestro’s Ponytail For
I have to admit, while most everyone else seems to be geeking out over every new image and clip of video that gets released for Green Lantern, I myself am not so taken by the visual design of the film. It all looks a little too dark and muddy for me; I don’t like the organic nature of the suits or how the lantern looks like a big toy. And far too much of the image is made up of computer created imagery. The background, the foreground, the alien characters, even 90% of Ryan Reynolds himself, they’re all just computer generated fakeness. It gets to the point that Reynolds’ face is the only thing that’s real on the screen in some shots. It looks like when JD does Floating Head Doctor on Scrubs. One thing I can get behind, however, is their general design for the Corp. All of the characters are recognizable, and look just like the weirdos I remember from the comic. And one thing I can really give the art department props for is that they didn’t do anything stupid like give Sinestro a ponytail and a goatee.
But they were going to.
When talking to the LA Times’ Hero Complex, actor Mark Strong described their initial approach to the character. “Early on in the concept stage for the film, they took him into a different direction. He had a goatee and a long ponytail and just a different visage, really, and I was quite adamant that if we were going to do this you better re-create the comic — or one of the most popular versions of the comic through the years — or you risk a big misstep.” You mean taking the control freak, anal-retentive character of Sinestro and dressing him like The Dude from The Big Lebowski would have been a mistake? Thank you Mark Strong for correcting this error. Strong continues, ”If you’re not going to go with the source material, why do it? If you go to that material, you should use it.” I think we can all give that sentiment an Amen, both from the standpoint of messing up comic book characters, and from the perspective of using them as a go-to rather than developing original concepts.
It bothers me to NO END that it took a ****ing actor to point out something as simple as that.
Harry has the willpower to say he liked the heck out of GREEN LANTERN
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Hurm. Dunno, think his wanting to like it overwhelms his disappointment, sound familiar Doc?As those bad reviews hit, I began to think about the review that I thought was going to be impending. I started thinking about how I would write about this motivation as the one good thing that came out of this film for me. I was ready to bitch about Blake Lively, but then I saw the film.
I spent the first 40 minutes of the movie waiting to hate it. Waiting for something that embarrassed me as a fan of Green Lantern. Waiting to get as pissed as I got at Schumacher for BATMAN & ROBIN, or Pitof for CATWOMAN, or Hayward for JONAH HEX. I was fully prepared to bitch that only BATMAN & SUPERMAN had ever had decent adaptations for.
I smiled a lot in that first 40 minutes, but once I let go of seeking to find something to bitch about, and just watched the movie, ring on my finger – and dammit… I had a blast with it.
Is it perfect? No.
Is it the Green Lantern movie that I’ve always hoped to see? No, but it has some of the things I wanted to see that dream movie in my head.
Now, I do feel Martin Campbell really hamstrung the film in editing the sequence of things a bit. Originally in the draft I read it began with Hal Jordan as a kid, hero worshipping his Dad. The film was meant to give you Jordan’s story in a very straightforward way.
I do think the Guardians should have been done mainly with photographic make up, as the animation on those guys is a bit spotty. BUT – overall, I went with it. The essence of Hal Jordan is there. The core beliefs of the Corps are intact.
There's nothing horribly offensive about it... but there's nothing great or awe inspiring about it.
There's too many characters, too much time wasted on pointless plot points that don't need to exist, the editing is shaky (at best) and I don't think it ever really decided on what tone it wanted to hit.
Having said all that...
I thought Blake Lively was great for what she was asked to do, Ryan Reynolds is still likable (even if he's not Hal Jordan in my mind), the special effects weren't distracting. I never felt like I was watching a cartoon or anything like that...
I was personally disappointed because I have a very strong emotional connection to the character based on my own personal shortcomings and personal history so the likelihood that it was ever going to be "pitch perfect" for me was unlikely.
BUT I didn't hate it (yet... there's still time) I just feel like it was a wasted opportunity.