The director of ‘Green Lantern’ is Martin Campbell, who shook up the “James Bond” franchise with “Casino Royale,” starring Daniel Craig as a 007 looking a lot more pummeled than shaken or stirred. “Green Lantern” stars Ryan Reynolds in green jammies and matching mask.
Reynolds acts the part of Hal Jordan who is chosen by the intergalactic police squad Green Lantern Corps to wear the ring that grants him the power to conjure up anything his mind can conceive.
If to speak about main character, he is the cocky but charming test pilot for Ferris Aircraft — who has a who-cares relationship with gorgeous old flame Carol Ferris (a capable Blake Lively). He is so nonchalant that oversleeps on the morning of his biggest flight.
The film’s wacky premise comes from the 1959 rebooting of the earlier comic book that floated the notion of a huge intergalactic legion of way-powerful Green Lanterns, each with his very own lantern — think upscale lava lamp — and each being the protector of a particular corner of the universe.
DC, the producers, and the director are staying reasonably close to the mythos. The characters, names, and places are pretty much all there, assuming that Hal hangs out in Coast City like he has in the comics. The cosmic aspect of this movie is a delight and helps set it apart from the inevitable comparisons to Iron Man.
Martin Campbell made Zorro and Bond work as contemporary heroes, but doesn’t quite have the feel for poor old Hal Jordan. Green Lantern is dazzling in pieces, but we’ve seen too many sharper versions of the superhero origin story in the last few years. It’s not Jonah Hex, but the battery runs low too quickly.