Movie Review: Green Lantern

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. — (C) Warner Bros 

Green Lantern is the latest in the comic book hero come to life on the Big screen.  I am sure so many DIE HARD comic readers will have their best at tearing up this film and its star Ryan Reynolds. But, I feel if your going with an idea to be entertained and not pick apart the film, then you will have a good time. My hubby is a comic hero fan from his youth and though of course he had some ideas of what HE would have done more,  He was ultimately entertained and liked the film.

I would only suggest film if your kiddo is not to overwhelmed with fight scenes and scary demon looking monsters. So in other words most kiddos this film might not be ready for. My kiddo (8 yrs old) who likes to watch cartoon version of Green Lantern with Daddy, found some things a bit too much.

She actually covered her face and put her head into my arm during the scene when a needle gets put into a doctors eye with mind control from a villain. This was really the only scene that came to mind when we got out of the movie and she said she got “freaked out”.  She also asked why did they have to put that in the movie…  It is the only scene I can remember that was kinda too graphic for a little kiddo. The fight scenes are Fight Scenes, you expect that going in and no blood was shown that I even remember seeing..

The only other thing I would warn parents is that  Parallax, the evil villain is very scary looking.  Demon faced and the fact that he consumes planets and all inhabitants to gain strength. Though he was scary to my kiddo it did bring about a good conversation on fear, this is what Parallax feds upon.  So that actually made for a really nice conversation for something that was as she would say “freaky”.

She did say after the movie that she did not think this is a kids film because of the needle scene and the scary demon head guy. The film is rated Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action.

Besides those two things this film was very entertaining. Reynolds and his smarky ways made for a good Hal. You wanted to see this guy turn into a super hero, even though he had doubts in himself, like we all do at times.

Hal has flashbacks of his father who died and for some kiddos  might be sad but this is a good message in the end about overcoming your fears and having inner strength.

The CG backgrounds of different space scenes and the planet Oa are OK, not the most realistic looking CG but kiddos wont be so judgmental about it they will find it cool as I did too. The different lanterns that he meets are not scary or over the top. They all look pretty realistic and help Hal in his what seemed very short time of training. Only me and Hubby thought this cause hey isn’t he supposta save the world? He only had a little fight training. Hals CG Lantern suit is cool and the definitely in shape Ryan Reynolds is some eye candy for the Ladies. 

In the beginning of the film is a scene where he is waking up next to a girl in bed, nothing gratuitous shown. Though he does get up and is shown in his tighty whites for a minute (I guess they needed to show off his 24 pack of stomach muscles for the grown ups). My kiddo shrieks “EEEWWW hes in his panties” at that scene. Funny….

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Momma Says: My kiddo left the theater with a desire to be able to fly like the Green Lantern and make objects appear at will like he does.  Bottom line that is what you pay for ENTERTAINMENT. This film will give you alot of that.

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