Blu-ray Review Green Lantern (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
Directed by: Martin Campbell Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins Rating: PG-13 Due Out: Buy It 10/14 on Blu-ray Combo Pack with UltraViolet Digital Copy
PLOT: An alien gives a test pilot (Reynolds) a green ring that gives him otherworldly powers. Suddenly he’s a member of an intergalactic core who attempts to keep peace. Now a new power, based in fear, is threatening Earth and the entire universe.
WHO’S IT FOR? Superhero fans. If your lady is charmed by Ryan Reynolds, and it’s hard not to be, then you could convince her to come along for the ride. It’s definitely light like Thor, not heavy like Christopher Nolan’s Batman.
Batman has a belt. Spider-man can shoot webs from his wrist. Superman is almost indestructible. So why can’t we have a guy with a magical green ring that can use his imagination to create anything, and there are 3,600 others who wear rings and protect the universe? I know it’s more to ask the audience to go along with Green Lantern, but the most important thing here is that this film gives you the chance to believe.
Green Lantern does run into some of the same problems most first-time superhero movies have problems with … the villain. After explaining Hal, the ring, the lanterns, the gods, the worlds … it doesn’t feel like there is time to create a compelling villain. The issue here is, there seems to be too many potential main villains to figure out exactly what the movie has planned.
At the center of this all is the charm of Ryan Reynolds. He’s on full display just as much as all of the eye-popping special effects, and no I’m not even talking about his superhero costume, which is all CGI. I haven’t grown tired of guys being shocked when they discover they have special powers. Plus, with Green Lantern’s imagination, I was always curious what would come next. There is a hint of how I remember the TV show “The Greatest American Hero” here. It’s whimsical and never takes itself too seriously.
You’re the chosen one. Will is stronger than fear. You must admit you are scared in order to overcome it. These are basic superhero fundamentals on display in a movie that takes you around the universe. The eye candy of Lively, Reynolds and the special effects doesn’t hurt either.
You can believe in the Green Lantern.
FINAL SCORE: 7/10
“Green Lantern” Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack includes:
Theatrical Film (3D & 2D) Extended Cut (2D only) Maximum Movie Mode with Picture in Picture Pods The Universe According to Green Lantern Ryan Reynolds Becomes Green Lantern Justice League #1 Digital Comic Additional Scenes Preview of Green Lantern: The Animated Series BD-Live
“Green Lantern” Blu-ray Combo Pack includes:
Extended Cut* Theatrical Film Maximum Movie Mode with Picture in Picture Pods The Universe According to Green Lantern Ryan Reynolds Becomes Green Lantern Justice League #1 Digital Comic Additional Scenes Preview of Green Lantern: The Animated Series BD-Live