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Green Lantern (Extended Cut)
(2011)

A sprawling, random mess of a script that is intermittently saved by some imaginative visuals. Whilst he does a decent, journeyman job I don't think Martin Campbell was really the man for this. Given the completely daft, six-year old's idea of a superhero, premise it needed someone who'd be equally whacked-out and pyschedelic with the visuals (I'm thinking Ang Lee's approach to Hulk). 

Kudos for going the whole route of showing the Lantern planet and not pussying out of the ultra-fantastic. But there's a mismatching of tonality; the Lantern oath and the moral lessons of will versus fear are so twee and banal that the attempts to be knowing and modern feel clumsy. And the whole sub-plot of Hal dealing with his daddy-issues and fear is rather wretched. 

Cast-wise, Reynolds is expectedly smug, Blake Lively hardly registers (so not that lively), Mark Strong is typical Mark Strong. But purple. I had most fun with Peter Sarsgaard's Hector Hammond, a convincing transformation into an inadequate malcontent. Although, he did seem like he was in a different (better) film altogether. At least until they glued a load of prosthetics to his head.

**1/2

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