This movie review of “Green Lantern” appears on KTKA-49.
A brash, but talented young fighter pilot pursues romance, faces the biggest challenge of his life, and is forced to grow up and accept responsibility in this high-flying adventure film starring one of Hollywood’s biggest hunks.
No, it’s not “Top Gun,” but with its cheesy, synthesized rock music and overused action movie clichés, “Green Lantern” would fit right alongside all the other “Top Gun” knockoffs of the 80s. The only difference is it has better special effects and adds a superhero element.
Ryan Reynolds is chosen by a superpowered ring to be the sole human being to join an intergalactic peacekeeping force with the power to materialize whatever they can imagine out of thin air. What powers the ring is will, which is visualized as a glowing green force. The enemy of will is fear, which looks a lot like will, except it’s yellow.
I have to give the makers of “Green Lantern” some credit, though. The premise of this DC Comics character is so corny, it’s a wonder that the movie isn’t a total unintentional laugh riot.
That said, the script is pretty dry and many of the scenes between Reynolds and love interest Blake Lively don’t work at all. It’s also a shame that the script doesn’t give Reynolds the kind of winking humor that “Thor” had, and that he is so good at delivering.