Ryan Reynolds‘ “Green Lantern” is the latest superhero incarnation to hit the big screen. It is certainly a tried and true genre, particularly for a summer blockbuster. But what are the critics saying?
Not a lot of good things, it turns out.
Lou Lumenick of the New York Post writes, “A relentlessly silly superhero flick with eyeball-rolling dialogue – set
in vast, familiar-looking digital realms that look like rejected models
from the second “Star Wars” trilogy.”
USA Today’s Claudia Puig says, “Lantern rarely taps the charm Reynolds has shown in previous films.
Consequently, it’s hard to imagine why the nebulous Corps chose a cypher
such as Hal as its savior.”
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone writes, “Green Lantern is a new primer on how not to make a comicbook movie
unless you want to screw s*** up. Flat FX, smirky acting, clunky writing
and clueless direction. WTF?”
The Chicago Sun-Times’ Robert Ebert says, “Green Lantern” does not intend to be plausible. It intends to be a
sound-and-light show, assaulting the audience with sensational special
effects. If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.”
There were a few critics who gave it positive reviews, though not effusive.
Todd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter writes, “Serves up all the requisite elements with enough self-deprecating humor to suggest it doesn’t take itself too seriously.”
The Los Angeles Times’ Kenneth Turan says, “More science-fiction space opera than superhero epic, it works in fits and starts as its disparate parts go in and out of
effectiveness, but the professionalism of the production make it watchable in a comic book kind of way.”
What do you think, Pop2it readers? Will you be buying a ticket for “Green Lantern”?