Everything about the Green Lantern movie looks awful. And this is completely dysjunct from the talent involved. I mean, I like Ryan Reynolds. I like Mark Strong. I like Peter Sarsgaard. I even enjoy Blake Lively as an actor (she was great in The Town). Even the smaller cast details are perfect: Geoffrey Rush voicing Tomar-Re, for example, or Angela motherfucking Bassett as Amanda Waller. I’ve always liked Martin Campbell as a director – I mean, come on, The Mask of Zorro! And although I dislike Hal Jordan as a character intensely, the movie seems to be playing him more like, well, Kyle Rayner, which was always the way to go.
But it still looks absolutely awful, right down to Hal’s domino mask (which straight-up needed to get tossed). They’re spending millions of dollars at the last minute, apparently, to make the CGI not un-terrible. Every action scene in the trailer looks like a mediocre video-game cutscene: the characters don’t feel real in any way, mostly because they aren’t. They’ve taken a loyalist approach to the comics, which in the trailers looks like a terrible, terrible idea – this is a property that needed some serious visual imagination and inventiveness to work as a movie, and instead it looks like they’ve just puked up the comics onscreen and said “okay, good enough.” They even use the Green Lantern oath in the trailer, and if ever there was something that just doesn’t work outside of a comic book, it’s the Green Lantern oath.
I can’t be the only one who thinks “oh my god this is crap,” can I?
(Between this and Thor – on which I am decidely lukewarm – it’s looking like Captain America is going to be the only promising superhero movie this year. Which is funny, because of the three, I think that would have been the one most fans would have said would be the least slam-dunkish.)