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Origin of Hate 2: Green Lantern

When I was a boy, I had Superman pajamas, but only because there were no Green Lantern ones. The DC merchandising machine did not take the George Lucasian approach in the 80s; instead, they only produced merch pertaining to the heaviest of hitters–unlike today when one can find nearly any character emblazoned upon garments meant for a grown man. Seriously 1980s, no GL Underoos? I digress. Even though I haven’t read a comic book in years, if I were to pick one up it would no doubt star my favorite Silver Age Emerald Knight.

So years after I had moved on grown a bit and admittedly developed a “make mine Marvel” attitude about my costumed heroes, I was pretty excited when a Green Lantern film was announced. When the film debuted in 2011, I was very excited to see it. I planned several times to head out to my local theater and for whatever reason kept putting it off. Then I started reading the huge pile of negative reviews, most of which called it a huge pile, and resolved to just pretend it didn’t exist. 3 years later, the Blu-ray was just laying there at the top of a bin filled with budget priced titles, and I decided to give it a shot. It isn’t as bad as described, but very little could be.

For those of you who are unfamiliar:

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A test pilot named Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds)  is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.

Firstly let’s talk origin. Hal Jordan is the original Green Lantern. (Well unless you count the “Golden Age” which took place on Earth-2 which I don’t.) There is some confusion on this point created by the inclusion of John Stewart as the main Lantern in the Justice League cartoons.

Ryan Reynolds was not ideal as Jordan,with mostly comedic credits to his name and questionable Marvel pedigree in support of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The humor seems to overtake the story at times. Reynolds’ fast talking and wise cracking is better suited to The Flash as portrayed in the previously mentioned cartoon outing. It is hard to believe that anyone would let this guy fly their plane–let alone wield a ring with unfathomable power. Reynolds does, however, come across as likeable, which is important to the character.

CGI and effects for 3D seem to be placed in such a way to disguise the lack luster script. Even the iconic Green Lantern uniform, which I have always wanted in PJ form, is constructed of pure effects. I prefer to view CGI through the lens of history. Think about the effects featured in the video for Dire Straits “Money for Nothin.” At the time this was the most advanced and exciting revolution in special effects. The video cost about a billion dollars to make and when viewed today looks like the most dated piece of garbage ever produced. Our children will feel the same way about this movie and many others like it (I’m looking at you Speed Racer).

Image property of Warner Bros. The villain’s motivation is confusing and seems to come out of nowhere. To tell you the truth I knew he was going to be the villain going in, but was surprised when he turned. The true motivation seems to be an after thought to the pointless CGI pile mentioned above. This is symptomatic of the attempt to cram too many Lantern stories into one film. It’s like they already knew they wouldn’t rate a sequel, so they give us 80yrs of story in 2hrs. The one standout is Marc Strong as Sinestro. His acting is explosive and my attention was perfectly held each and every time he appeared onscreen. Oddly, we learn very little about Sinestro despite The Matrix derivative approach to his mentoring role Strong still shines through. Also (though a tad unrelated to this point) the training scenes were straight out of The Matrix.

Any comments beyond these would just be petty. This is still an ok superhero picture. Honestly, it would have been a revolution had it come out before the game changing X-men franchise or even before Iron Man further raised the bar for the genre. Pouring a rich character history into a single film is difficult to manage.  Mediocre casting and poor writing = lackluster expensive looking movie.

 

 
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Miley, Ben, & Bryan: It’s Not a Sitcom, Just Rob Ranting

There have been three popular subjects circulating the interwebz recently, pertaining to the Entertainment industry that I’d like to share my thoughts on. Feel free to agree or disagree with me on any or all of them in the comments section. I encourage it.

Subject One: Miley Cyrus’ “performance” at the MTV Video Music Awards

Don't care.

Don’t care.

I have yet to view this spectacle and don’t ever plan to. I’m treating this like Titanic – I don’t see the point in wasting my time watching this disaster. I know it happened, I’ve heard about it from everyone, and I’m just not interested. Another former Disney star with less-than-mediocre talent makes a spectacle of herself to gain media attention by doing something shocking and/or appalling.

Big freaking deal! This has happened before, it will happen again. And as long as people continue to make a big deal about it, things like this will continue to happen. The only reason I’m writing about it is in hopes to get hits from Google searches on the topic. It’s shameless, I know, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I think we should all make a pact to just ignore these little trollops like Miley and their antics and let them fade away into obscurity until they overdose by themselves in some seedy motel room a few years down the road. A bit bleak but necessary.

Honestly, I’m more shocked that people are in an uproar by something the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus did than anything. She was raised by Billy Ray Cyrus and the Disney Channel for crying out loud! Two of the worst parents ever. The man exploited his minimally-talented daughter for fame and profit. Don’t give me that crap about how she wanted to be a star like daddy and he wanted to help her realize her dream. He wanted back in the spotlight and this was his way to do it.

Subject Two: Ben Affleck cast as Batman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel  

This may have actually been the face I made when I read the Kevin Smith quote.

This may have actually been the face I made when I read the Kevin Smith quote.

I’ve already expressed my disdain for this casting choice – Ahem. But that was before I heard what Kevin Smith had to say on the subject,

“This dude has loved Batman going as far back as I can remember. He only did f***ing Daredevil because he loved Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns. He’s like, ‘They’re never going to make another Batman,’ because this was after Batman had nipples and s*** like that. So he was like, ‘Daredevil’s cool, and Miller wrote him as well.’ So he liked the character, but it was always rooted in Batman.” [via: comicbookmovie.com].

I’m not saying my opinion has changed, I still think Josh Brolin should’ve been cast – Ahem, but I have a little sliver of hope now. A little. I’m gonna give the guy a chance, even more so after Kevin Smith’s reassuring words, but he’s still gonna have to have to impress the hell out of a lot of people.

 

Subject Three: The possibility of Bryan Cranston playing Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel

It could work.

It could work.

I’m at odds with this rumor. On one hand, I really like the idea. Cranston is a phenomenal actor with incredible range and I think he would make an amazing Lex Luthor. As proven from his starring role on Breaking Bad, he play the super-intelligent, menacing, conniving villain quite well. On the other hand, he’s 57. He’s a bit too old for the part if WB is planning on signing him to a six to ten picture deal. Someone younger and equally talented (Billy Zane) might be a better casting option. Not Mark Strong though. I like him, but he’s Sinestro. I’m torn.

Hopefully WB will announce something soon so we can all stop wondering and start ranting and raving about how good or bad of a choice they made. However, if they decided not to cast him as Luthor and cast him as Commissioner Gordon instead, I wouldn’t complain.

What are your thoughts on any or all of these three subjects? Leave your responses in the comments section.

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