Last night, I accidentally stumbled upon a showing of the Green Lantern movie, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.  We’ll start by being honest: Green Lantern, the movie, has a lot of problems.  There’s the over-use of CGI, the nonsensical Hector Hammond bits, the over-use of CGI, the movie superhero problem of repeatedly finding excuses to remove the mask and show off our handsome leading man, the over-use of CGI and dark, brooding Ryan Reynolds.  But it has Mark Strong as a pretty solid Sinestro, it has real chemistry in the romance sub-plot, it has some moments that are willing to admit to having fun amongst the grimdark.  Is it really the complete and utter failure that conventional wisdom would have us believe?  That’s where we pick up with today’s evil-escaping-my-sight query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is really interested in hearing what Spoilerites have to say, since the internet is pretty much a cesspool of groupthink “LOLfail!” on this subject, asking: Is the conventional wisdom (that Green Lantern is a complete disaster) correct or incorrect in your eyes?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    I enjoyed it about as much as I enjoyed Geoff Johns’ run on the comic, so in that sense it worked. But seeing as I never much cared for Geoff Johns’ run on the comic…. Well, it was no Iron Man, making a relatively unliked character into a public darling.

  2. I didn’t like them turning Parrallax into a space cloud that gets thrown into our sun. Seems lazy. I think Ryan Reynolds did the best he could with the script. Here’s hoping we see a GL soon.

  3. Complete disaster is a hyperbole, like usual in the internet. Its got plenty of problems, but there’s decent space cop superhero thing going on underneath all the clutter.

  4. Well, I have never liked Ryan Reynolds in anything. He looks like a smug weasel and I don’t think he’s enough of an actor to overcome his personal tics. Bad movie mainly due to cruddy CGI, lousy script, and total misunderstand of who Hal Jordan is. But I come from the ’70s-’80s so my take on GL may not be current. It was just a lousy movie in nearly every possible way.

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