8: Green Lantern (really just Ryan Reynolds abs)

Green Lantern – June 17, 2011
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard, Blake Lively, Tim Robbins, Mark Strong
Written by: Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, Michael Goldenberg
Directed by: Martin Campbell

The plot: “A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.” – IMDB

My thoughts: All right. Green Lantern has gotten really heinous reviews. I’m talking 26% on Rotten Tomatoes heinous. The thing is, people have to keep in mind that this is truly, strictly a super hero movie. Think about comic books – they’re a bit over the top and ridiculous in plot, the dialogue leaves much to be desired, and it’s all full of exclamations and off-the-wall characters. This isn’t The Dark Knight where Christopher Nolan created complex, troubled, and fully fleshed out characters. This is Green Lantern, the comic book character, in live action. The level of absurdity makes you laugh, the dialogue is hilarious – just listen and watch Sarsgaard deliver his lines as Hector Hammond.

At the very least, the movie is like lady porn. Ryan Reynolds grinning and strutting around (not nearly enough) in tighty whities, the perfect combination of smug and adorable. It’s a summer-time romp. It won’t get nominated for awards (no, I don’t even think it’s deserving of a Razzie.) It’s a little bit boring, not especially suspenseful, and in all honesty, Ryan Reynolds seems to just play himself in a CGI’d green suit.

I’m not going to spend time praising it or tearing it to shreds. It wasn’t what I would call “good” but it was enjoyable – I laughed my ass off and enjoyed seeing Ryan and his hot hot body. The biggest drawback for me might have been Blake Lively being just super annoying and very blah. At least she looked better as a brunette.

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