Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor
Ryan Reynolds as Superhero in 'Green Lantern': Movie Review
In 'Green Lantern,' Ryan Reynolds gives a light touch to the latest superhero to jump out of DC Comics.
Just in case you thought there weren't enough comic-book superheroes
crowding our screens, here's "Green Lantern," starring Ryan
Reynolds in green jammies and matching mask, to set you straight. The
way things are going, the only movies getting financing will be
franchise installments. Or are we already there?
Franchise-wise, "Green Lantern," which reportedly cost $300
million to make and market, is not a done deal yet, although Warner
Brothers, which owns the rights to the venerable DC Comics character,
boldly offers up the mandatory sequel teaser in the credits.
Since quite a bit of "Green Lantern" is slowed down by
exposition, a sequel might actually be an improvement - less time
spent setting up situations already known to fanboys of the comic
book. On the other hand, it's been my experience watching these
films that things inevitably bog down anyway. New villains need back
story just like old heroes.
The director 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.
Reynolds represents an altogether different mode: His
retro-handsomeness looks naturally airbrushed. He's also blithely
affable, although this may not bode well in the long term. On the
other hand, I've kind of had it with darkly brooding comic heroes,
even when they're played by Robert Downey, Jr. It's time to lighten
That is not to say that "Green Lantern" is a marvelous antidote
to all this gloomy gravitas. It's not only light, it's thin.
It's self-deprecating to a fault. Reynolds is required to
practically wink at the audience, as if to say,"I know this looks