Director: Martin Campbell
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard
Canada’s Ryan Reynolds shines dimly as the Green Lantern, the summer actioner of the same name based on the DC Comic and directed by Martin Campbell.
Reynolds is Hal Jordan, a cocky test pilot who busts up billion-dollar prototypes just for the hell of it. Oh, and to impress Carol Ferris (Blake Lively) who plays a corporate scold, frustrated pilot and Jordan’s occasional bedmate.
The buffed-up Reynolds proves to be an inspired hire. His Jordan manages to keep a straight face when he meets a dying purple alien who hands him a Crackerjack toy ring and advises: “The ring chose you.”
Reynolds shows promise in the role, if future installments of what’s sure to be a franchise are able to scrape away some of the digital green goo that threatens to drown this film. That will be hard to do with a series as loopy as this one.
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