Sunday, June 19, 2011

Jason watches GREEN LANTERN in 3-D

The 3-D adds very little, but on the other hand I think my eyes have grown accustomed to it to the point that it's also not distracting.

As for the movie, it's prime fodder for Bad Movie Night. Not that you can't turn off your brain and enjoy a nearly-lifelike simulation of an enjoyable movie. I confess I never read the comic books, so I don't know the mythology, but the premise is laughably ridiculous. A corps of intergalactic peace-keepers, armed with green rings that harness the power of the will--anything you can imagine you can create a shiny green version of. There are 3600 warriors in the Green Lantern Corps, each in charge of a sector containing several galaxies (although the edge of the Milky Way is somehow in a different sector from Earth). Their greatest enemy Parallax, a creature of yellow fear, has escaped from the Lost Sector and is running rampant. Meanwhile a Lantern wounded in battle crash lands on Earth and the ring chooses brash man-child test pilot Hal Jordan to be the new Green Lantern (and the first human chosen for that honor). And there's a crazy plot where Parallax infects a scientist (who works in the Science Building because "laboratory" is too big of a word for this movie) and there are lots of battles before Hal shows everyone that courage isn't living without fear, it's overcoming your fear (and other grade school level pop psychology).

The thing about the movie is, it could have been just a silly superhero fantasy for children, except that it's PG-13 with some unnecessary swears and sexual situations. It's like it wanted to have it both ways--dumb enough for children but with a few token adult elements. Which in the end appeals only to grown up irresponsible man-children, like Hal Jordan.

Running Time: 105 minutes
My Total Minutes: 240,513

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