Wednesday, May 04, 2011

New "Green Lantern" trailer... still isn't doing it for me

The good news: It looks big, and it looks original:



The bad news: Everything about the lead character still isn't working for me. Reynolds is a good actor, but this STILL looks like epic miscasting. He looks like he's hosting next year's MTV Movie Awards, and he's been edited into the clips "everyone remembers" from "Green Lantern" to make funny faces and do piss-takes on all the "weird stuff."

18 comments:

TheDVDGrouch said...

Do you think they are going to makes reference to Kyle Rayner Or John Stewart in the movie? Because I would like to see that.

Kyle said...

It's working it for me. I'm psyched. I really want to see this.

Blue Highwind said...

I can't stop laughing at Mojo Sarsgaard. No wait, I can't stop laughing at Ivan Ooze. No, maybe its the silly green mask that's hilarious. Or is it the fish dude played by Mark Strong?

Luckily the trailer just played the entire movie so we don't actually have to see it.

Daniel said...

@TheDVDGrouch

I read somewhere that there'll be a bar fight between the Air Force and the Marines ans that John Stewart will be in it as a cameo.

MovieBob said...

@TheDVDGrouch

Stewart supposedly has a cameo-that-could-get-bigger later.

If the trailer is any indication, Kyle Rayner IS in the movie - though, for some reason, everyone keeps calling him Hal...

michael said...

From the appearance of the trailer for anyone who doesn't know green lantern and likes GOOD films (no bays there) should like the film. To me it looks like it wont work for the basic Hollywood viewer which is perfect for me :)

Samodean said...

The story and tone of the movie looks great, but I agree that Ryan Reynolds just isn't right for the role of Hal Jordan. Also, all that CGI just looks terrible.

I'm no movie expert (that'd be you), but isn't it FAR more cost-effective to use makeup, costumes and constructed set pieces than thousands of hours of CGI work? Especially when the CGI looks as out-of-place as it does here?

TheDVDGrouch said...

@Daniel
Thanks man I did not know that.

@Moviebob
Thanks for the response I see what you did there very clever. I remember in one of my favorite episodes of JLU the time stream became corrupted and John Stewart magically turned into Hal Jordan for a little bit. I think Hollywood could learn a lot from this episode.

Nicholas said...

I agree that he is wrong for Hal Jordan, but being a massive fan of both the green lantern mythos and hal jordan. However, while Hal Jordan makes for a great and iconic comic book character he would make a horrible movie character, especially for broader audiences. Of the lanterns Kyle Rayner is by far the most dynamic in terms of characterization the concept of fear is far more real to him which makes for a far more interesting film in my opinion. Hal Jordan and John Stewart do not accept fear, they shun it basically, hide it away. Kyle Rayner feels fear all the time but gains his power through his ability to face it down he makes for a far easier (though not necessarily better) film portrayal. It is far easier to accept this film as Kyle Rayners green lantern only using the more widely known and more popular character name, Hal Jordon.

Just my two cents.

Blue Highwind said...

Considering the obsession with special effects, couldn't they edit Ryan Renolds out of the movie and instead put in somebody good? Like Will Smith as John Stewart or something.

MovieBob said...

@Nicholas,

Except they aren't just using the name, they're also using the backstory and the character details - that's where I'm having the problem. Call him Salvatore ShrinkyBink for all I care, but the trailers keep insisting that this guy who appears to be an out-of-work standup comedian is a military (ex-military?) test pilot, and I'm not buying it.

Ezenwa said...

If that's the case, MovieBob, then it would have made sense if Ryan Reynolds was Guy Gardner.

Then, if that were the case, you'd have a slew of angry Green Lantern fans, since well, no one likes Guy Gardner.

Smashmatt202 said...

All my friends agree, Ryan Reynolds is NOT a good choice for Hal Jordan as the Green Lantern.

Aiddon said...

in all honesty this is what I have to say: I DON'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HAL AND KYLE. I know they're different characters with vastly different back stories and such, but looking at this from a regular movie-goer standpoint (because as Bob and even Linkara have said before barely anyone reads comics) people aren't going to care because they don't know what the difference between Kyle and Hal is.

motyr said...

No matter what, from now on, whenever I hear pulsating "WAHHHHH" noises in a film score, such as the ones starting at 1:55 in this trailer and at the beginning of the Transformers 3 trailer posted earlier, I will always think of Inception and how greatly superior Hans Zimmer's score was.

Chris said...

I don't trust trailers. Period. (Esp teaser trailers)

Case in point - Fantastic Four

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgzM-97YRAo

Enough flashy editing and a rock background will make anything look exciting. Unfortunately, that one minute of action "flashes" is probably the only good thing that can be pulled out of some 90 minute waste of films.

CraftyAndy said...

bout time we saw the guardians. My only worry is that no matter how good it is a lot of people won't see it cause it has aliens, strange worlds, and you know "queer stuff, that's gay and not fast cars and sexy woman." Reynolds works for me, mainly because I can't recall anything he has done besides this... or care to.

akkuma420 said...

This keeps looking a little better every time I see something new. STILL hoping for the best but kind of expecting the worst. Crossing my fingers though. Would be nice to see DC succeed at something other than Batman and Superman. IMO at least.