Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Reynolds as Superhero in 'Green Lantern': Movie Review

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Reynolds as Superhero in 'Green Lantern': Movie Review

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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

silly. …

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