Green Lantern (2011) Movie Review

Green Lantern – ABC Film Challenge – Comic Book/Graphic Novels – G – Green Lantern – Movie Review 

Green Lantern – ABC Film Challenge – Comic Book/Graphic Novels – G – Green Lantern - Movie Review 

Director: Martin Campbell

Writer: Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, Michael Goldenberg (Screenplay)


 Plot: Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps.  

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes  

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review 

Story: Green Lantern starts when Parallax starts moving across the galaxy, it has already killed Lanterns. Elsewhere, test pilot Hal Jordan (Reynolds) has been trying to prove a point in his latest test. However, it sees him being disgraced, but he ends up meeting a fallen Lantern who passes on the power to him.

Once Hal has been given the power, he gets to meet the other Lanterns and Sinestro (Strong) trains him to control his powers. Meanwhile, Hector Hammond (Sarsgaard) finds himself infected by alien technology used to summon Parallax to Earth. Hal must complete his training to save the world and prove he deserves to be a Lantern.  

Verdict on Green Lantern

Green Lantern is an action thriller following the origin story of one of the human versions of a Green Lantern. It follows his reckless behaviour that gets him selected to become the next Lantern when a new threat heads to Earth.

This has become famous for being one of the weaker comic book movies. It gets caught up in the desperate attempt to have an origin story, without giving us enough to learn about the true origins. This tries to go big but never really feels as dangerous as it could be. While the wild creations that can be made show the scale of what could come next. 

Final Thoughts Green Lantern is an overly ambitious origin story.


  1. Insightful review and boy, doesn’t this film seem a LIFETIME ago in the superhero world? Imagine having the same cast and doing it even 7-8 years later, what they could have learned from the other films

    • It is a strange one really, because a lot like the video game genre, they can get bashed a lot for not being perfect, but if they do flashy nonsense, it can work well enough. not every movie is the dumpster fire they get branded

      • Great point…I always remember how Scorsese’s “The King Of Comedy” wa sSAVAGED upon released and at the end of the 80’s was voted by those same critics as the most under-appreciated film of the decade….time changes so much!

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