‘Green Lantern’ starring Ryan Reynolds – trailer review

Green Lantern

Directed by: Martin Campbell
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard
Rating: NR
Release Date: June 17, 2011

TRAILER SCORE: 5/10

MY THOUGHTS: Well, whaddya know? Within 10 seconds Ryan Reynolds is playing the irresponsible playboy type. Nice to see Mr. ScarJo going out on a limb with this role. We get it Reynolds, you have ridiculous abs and a sarcastic delivery. Give me the Nathan Fillion fake trailer over this one any day. Sadly, the miscasting doesn’t end there. I know some people will defend Blake Lively’s acting till the day they die, but she just doesn’t fit in this role. When they try to play her off as demure or tomboy-ish the discomfort is palpable.

As the trailer wears on, it’s not just the acting that worries me. I’ve been excited for this movie for a while. As a fan of the Green Lantern, it was nice to see that he was gaining some street cred. But honestly, this trailer doesn’t do much. It summarizes the origin story and throws in a couple of flashes of special effects, which are definitely up to Hollywood standards, but there’s no real story that the trailer is telling. If I didn’t know Green lantern already I would think that he was an man-boy womanizer who, for some reason, gets into an airplane crash and gets a magic ring that’s all sweet and stuff. I mean, I guess that’s sorta the story, but there’s so much more to it that the studio copped out on to show another 90 seconds of flashes of special effects and epic music. I’ll reserve judgment for the movie, but this trailer doesn’t do much to make me want to see that either.

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