Green Lantern (2011)

1 h 53 min2011X-RayPG-13
Protectors of peace and justice, the Green Lantern Corp must rely on their newest and only human recruit, Hal Jordan, to save the Earth from a new enemy called Parallax.
Martin Campbell
Ryan ReynoldsGeoffrey RushMichael Clarke Duncan
Science FictionAction
English [CC]
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Blake LivelyPeter SarsgaardMark StrongAngela BassettTim RobbinsTemuera MorrisonJay O. SandersJon TenneyTaika Waititi
Donald De LineGreg Berlanti
Warner Bros.
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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Steven ScottReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
A decent Super Hero movie
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I was one of those people who liked this back when it was first released. I did not understand the intense hatred expressed for it. I thought it was a perfectly fine origin story for the Green Lantern. Recently watched it again with my 7 year old grandson and he liked it (so much that he went on to watch it two more times in two days). When I told him a lot of people DIDN'T like it, he also was confused as to why. When I said people didn't like stuff like the computer generated Lantern suit, he just shrugged it off.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Got criticized when came out but is way better than most DC movies
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The Green Lantern got panned by the critics when it came out. Ryan Reynolds who played the Lantern said he didn’t like the movie either and made a small jab at it in the first Deadpool. Given how bad the subsequent DC films were however, maybe it needs to be re-evaluated.

The story focuses upon Hal (Reynolds) being picked to be the Green Lantern. He has to take on an alien known as Parallax that harnesses the power of fear. He infects a scientist named Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard). At the same time Parallax itself is heading towards the home planet of the Green Lantern Corps.

Hammond may look goofy as the villain with his head swelling up to a huge size, but the story provided him with good motivation. He was a genius in his field, and yet felt slighted by everyone. His resentment fueled his actions. On the other hand when he gets the huge head some people act like there’s nothing the matter with him. That’s a bad bit of writing.

Some criticized the film for having too much CGI including the Green Lantern’s costume. That might not have been needed but the rest is fine. The Green Lantern turns his thoughts into reality using his ring and there is no way else to create that other than computer graphics. There was also a crack in the Green Lantern corps that created added tension.

Making a comparison today The Green Lantern really is better than almost all the DC releases.
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Nancy EnnenReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
We liked it.
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When I rented this it was out of curiosity. I kept hearing how terrible it was, even from Ryan Reynolds himself! However, it wasn't as bad as everyone made it out to be. The CGI was weak, and they really didn't go very in depth into the characters, but I really liked the overall message of the movie which was basically overcoming fear. My 5 year old son LOVED this movie, although he was scared of the bad guys. It was honestly perfect for my little guy as he is timid and working to find his own courage. "Remember the Green Lantern!" has been an effective reminder that it's okay to be afraid, you just have to find your courage.
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ReviewReviewed in the United States on October 20, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Perfectly Entertaining
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Green Lantern was a creation of Martin Nodell whose career in illustration began in 1938, or about five years after FDR's inaugural speech in which he would say to Americans, "...the only thing we have to fear is fear itself". In 1933 the country was grappling with the effects of the Great Depression and in January of the same year Adolf Hitler had been appointed chancellor of Germany. Nodell would say that the idea of a green lantern was inspired by a trainman he had seen in 1940 at the 34th street subway station in Manhattan. The film does a good job of bringing many elements of the original comic together with spectacular effects. The acting talent pool is remarkable, so overall this is a satisfying film to watch. Could it have been done better? Probably, but everything is improvable in hindsight.
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endReviewed in the United States on February 26, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's good. Surprisingly good. As in after Wonder Woman it's the next best DCU movie good.
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Title says it all, good fun with manageable flaws and a hopeful story that's sadly lacking in the current DCU emo phase.

I never watched the original cut so my experience is solely based on this version. I enjoyed it while also seeing how it could have been better. If I compare it to the original MCU offerings I'd say this is better than Hulk (Ed Norton) and a better companion to Wonder Woman than Hulk was to Iron Man.

Honestly if they made a WW and Green Lantern movie I'd wager those two versions of the characters could easily salvage a DCU with only a mild reboot to bring in new actors for Bats. Honestly leave supes, sgirl and speedy as is. Those actors seem better suited and have better versions there now anyways. Arrow's it's own thing, just leave it be😂.

Squirrel! Point is, go watch this and have fun.
15 people found this helpful
DLesterReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really good movie
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I will start this review off with the fact I've never read the comic books nor have I seen the other movie. I bought this movie after I saw Deadpool, I liked the plucky whit and humor of Ryan Reynolds so I decided to take a chance on this one. I liked the story very much. It had humor, action, and touching moments. It was very entertaining movie. I would recommend it.
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BhodiReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
I Don't Know What All the Fuss Is About - I liked this Alot!
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You know what? I have seen so many reviews of this and how bad it was and how poorly cast, but I didn't have that experience at all. Maybe I'm not a big fan of the comic origins of Green Lantern, but this movie was funny and exciting just as I expected. It wasn't quite Iron Man, but it was definitely enjoyable. Dare I say it? I liked this better than Green Hornet (though I am a big Seth Rogen fan). If you don't go into it expecting too much I don't see how you could have any problems with it. Ryan Reynolds is a funny guy, and I enjoy watching him.
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nytehawkReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
i liked it
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why not a computer generated lantern suit, what's he supposed to do wear a cloth suit under his regular clothes all the time? He's not Superman he does get hot and sweat when not in Green Lantern form. I thought this movie was good for the first outing of a Green Lantern live action one. I really liked when he was on OA training. If Ryan was to play Hal Jordan again it would be ok with me but he might be getting too old by now. Maybe they could have Jon Stewart take over earth's duties while Hal Jordan is reassigned to another sector. If a new live action movie does have Jon Stewart don't let it be Idris Elba. They need somebody in their late 20's to early 30's so they can play the character for a few years. They should have had a small part for GL in Justice League live action movie.
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