December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

June 21, 2011

Green Lantern 3D (2011)

When it's over, the Green Lantern's super cool "green" fx makes up for its story's predictability. Actor Ryan Reynolds tries his hand again as a comic book character, and fares decently.  He's in great physical shape for the role, but still lacks enough charm to captivate me as Hal Jordan, a reckless man turned responsible after a mystical ring chooses him to inherit extraordinary powers and a place in the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic team whose goal is to maintain peace and order in the universe.  Playing Hal's love interest is Actress Blake Lively as Carol Ferris.  Their relationship's rather static and doesn't really generate any sparks, which is too bad, because a lack of a good love story is a lack of emotional conflict - that tug-of-war in the hearts.  Yes, Hal does have other emotional conflicts including facing up to his fears and living up to his father image, but it's the conflicts of the heart that make viewers either swoon or not.  Actors Mark Strong and Peter Sarsgaard round out the major players in the film.  Although this film has been released in 3D, it's not necessary to watch it in this format.

My rating: 3 out of 5

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