Green Lantern review (3D Blu-ray)

In a time when superhero movies are fighting for supremacy at the summer box office, Green Lantern felt more than a little lightweight on its initial release. It was by no mean a horribly bad film, but it was also in no way a contender. The only film in its weight-class was Thor, a film that was released to equally mixed reviews, and in genre where the benchmark has been set by The Dark Knight, Iron Man and (released also this year) Captain America: The First Avenger, that just didn’t cut it.

Strip away expectations that one associates with a summer blockbuster, however, and Green Lantern is a perfectly serviceable superhero flick, albeit it one that’s hard to care about too much after the credits roll. Reynolds is likable in the role of Hal Jordan, a pilot who winds up as part of an intergalactic police force (as you do), even if his transformation from a reckless man-child into a responsible hero isn’t entirely believable. Lively is good as the love interest, even if, apart from a few cracking lines, she isn’t given much to do and Sarsgaard is perfectly loathsome as the villain who mutates from a picture of muted bitterness into full-blown menace.

The computer generated world of Oa and the mess of smoky tendrils that is the movie’s main villain, Parrallax, are impressive behold – particularly in 3D where Oa, and Jordan’s battles with Parrallax, are given a decent amount of scope and size. What holds it all back from competing with the greats, however, is the lack of any set-piece or scene that could be described as mind-blowing.

Green Lantern feels like a superhero picture by-the-numbers when compared to the genre’s greats. When you consider that the central character to this piece is a guy with a ring that can conjure anything he imagines into being, the lack of imagination that dominates this film is thrown into sharp relief.

EXTRAS ★★★ Punters get 2D and 3D presentations of the film, plus an extended cut not shown in the theatres, with scenes that add very little. There’s also more extra content than you can shake a stick at: movie commentaries, trailers, galleries, character bios, storyboards and eight – that’s right EIGHT – featurettes. 

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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