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View Poll Results: How would you grade Green Lantern?
A+ 5 3.52%
A 7 4.93%
A- 11 7.75%
B+ 20 14.08%
B 18 12.68%
B- 23 16.20%
C+ 10 7.04%
C 15 10.56%
C- 13 9.15%
D+ 4 2.82%
D 3 2.11%
D- 3 2.11%
F 10 7.04%
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Old June 28 2011, 02:42 AM   #406
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Re: Green Lantern: Grading, Review, Discuss, Tracking, Sequel?

I forgot to be offended that they cast a stick as the Wall.
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Old June 28 2011, 03:21 AM   #407
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Re: Green Lantern...to see or not to see?

If you pay attention to plot and details, it's really a horrible movie.

If you just like action, it's not the worst movie out there.

I don't regret seeing the movie. But I don't think it was very good either, if that makes sense.
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Old June 28 2011, 03:24 AM   #408
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M'rk, son of Mogh wrote: View Post
If you pay attention to plot and details, it's really a horrible movie.
Not really. It makes as much sense as any superhero movie.
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Old June 28 2011, 05:38 AM   #409
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I'm probably late to the party. Oh well.

If this had been the only superhero movie I'd seen in the past few years, or even this year, it might have seemed better. But the market's full of them, and this one just seems so inferior. The main character comes off like a dick for most of the movie and the villains were boring. There's only so much you can do with an origin story, especially since I gather that it's adapted material, but compared to stuff like Iron Man or Batman Begins, this just felt so paint by numbers. The outer space stuff looked pretty, at least.

X-Men was way better. Even Thor, which I felt was just decent, in retrospect looks superior.
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Old June 28 2011, 06:08 AM   #410
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Dennis wrote: View Post
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If you pay attention to plot and details, it's really a horrible movie.
Not really. It makes as much sense as any superhero movie.
We get it. It can do no wrong because it's a super hero movie or a comic booke movie. (even though there are better comic book movies, we should just continue to lower the bar...just 'cause.)
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Old June 28 2011, 08:19 AM   #411
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I'm thinkin' the Sinestro scene at the end won't be a fait accomplit when the sequel starts. It's meant to tease something that we'll see happen again, this time in context.
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Old June 28 2011, 10:36 AM   #412
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^ That is how I felt about it and the only way it makes sense. I concur again with Guy about The Wall. I thought Angela Basset was perfectly cast but they didn't give her anything to do and made her look foolish and weak in the film. The Wall is anything but those things.
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Old June 28 2011, 12:07 PM   #413
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I forgot she was in the movie till I read the Abin Sur prequel Comic Yesterday. Apparently Amanda had an 80s adventure fighting an Alien trashheap while Abin played guaridan Angel from above and clean up without her noticing him.

Awful comic.
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Old June 28 2011, 12:11 PM   #414
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She was horribly written and therefor horribly acted by a great actress. Disappointing indeed. Another thing that I forgot...where the hell where the ScienCells? I don't remember seeing them or hearing them mentioned. Parallax/Krona (Rao I hate that movie adjustment) is sent to the Lost Sector (supposedly to one day set up Blackest Night in a third movie I suppose or at least allude to it to GL fans). Shouldn't he have been kept on Oa in a ScienCell and then break out after draining Power Battery energy?
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Old June 28 2011, 04:21 PM   #415
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She was a minor character used to move the plot forward, largely by providing exposition. She served that purpose well enough; no problem.

Someone pointed out to me that when Hammond read her memories, the flashback was in monochrome except for the blanket covering the corpse of one of her family...which was yellow.
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Old June 28 2011, 05:01 PM   #416
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^ Yeah I noticed that as well. Just because she was a minor character (hinting a possible larger things though since most fans are aware of her standing in the DCU) doesn't mean she needed to be written as horribly as she was. I didn't say there was a problem either, I just happened to not like her depiction in the movie. I agree if we're talking technically she served her purpose, doesn't mean that I have to like it
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Old June 28 2011, 05:17 PM   #417
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I thought she was written just fine - what's the problem? She was there to deliver some expository dialogue, and Bassett did it credibly. By "written horribly" I assume what's meant is that if I knew anything about the character from the comics and cared about her I wouldn't have liked it.

It's funny that writers for the sites that were knowingly declaring the sequels "dead" last week are now running columns just as "wisely" enumerating what Warners should do differently (now that a few reasonably sourced statements suggest that a sequel is moving forward. Hitfix, for example:

It's clear that one of the film's biggest mistakes was hiring Martin Campbell to direct. The idea that Campbell could fashion an original vision for "Lantern" is now, after the fact, laughable. Campbell may have hit a career high note with "Casino Royale," a reboot of a 007 franchise he has strong affections for (even if he won't admit it), but he's first and foremost a "shooter." That's Hollywood slang for a competent director who is going to provide, solid if unspectacular work (it's a huge step from a "hack" who usually takes a good concept or screenplay and runs it into the ground). A "Lantern" sequel just doesn't need a young, creative director who knows how handle a big visual effects movie, but a filmmaker who actually cares about the property. Jon Favreau's affection for "Iron Man" is in every frame of that film.
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They go on with other critically fatuous blather - the idea that Lively is "out of her depth" in a comic book movie is laughable to anyone familiar with her other work. Miscast she may be, in this case - not that I think so - but "out of her depth?" Give me a fucking break.
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Old June 28 2011, 05:34 PM   #418
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Now that assessment of Campbell I would agree with. I thought his work on the film was much stronger than others here did, but there was still a bit of a workmanlike feel to it.

The immense love for the character that you felt with Favreau and Iron Man, or Raimi and Spider-Man (or even Campbell and Zorro) for some reason doesn't quite come through in the same way here.

Those characters were all presented as these wondrous, larger than life, iconic figures, and I'm not sure in this movie if Green Lantern or his world really does.
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Old June 28 2011, 05:36 PM   #419
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The critics ripping this film apart baffle me. It has flaws, but it is an enjoyable movie overall. I don't think any of us were expecting it to be "The Dark Knight". I dunno. I've seen it twice now and will be seeing it a third time on the weekend. Aside from the gripes I've indicated in the thread I have enjoyed the movie. Campbell was a decent choice for the film in my opinion. It would have been obviously preferable had DC ENT and Warner Bros found a director that had a passion for the character but Campbell WAS a decent find.
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Old June 28 2011, 05:41 PM   #420
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Warners seems to have started out handling these potential franchises beyond Bats and Supes as Paramount handled the Star Trek films prior to Abrams - and to similar box office results. So they'd be smart not to continue doing it that way.
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