Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Expectations

I'm more than a little concerned about what's going to happen when the Green Lantern movie is released. I've high hopes, and some of the preliminary reviews trickling out aren't particularly glowing.

That doesn't mean the movie won't be successful, of course. Lots of bad films go on to make enormous amounts of money. But I really wanted to see a film that's both good and successful. A good, successful film based on one of DC's second tier properties would bode well for future films based on characters like Wonder Woman and the Flash.

What do you all think? Are you going to see the Green Lantern film? And does it really matter if it's good of successful?

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5 Comments:

At 3:46 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Really, you need to ask? I don't care if it 90 minutes of Ryan Reynolds polishing his ring...I am going. AND I'm going to enjoy it.

 
At 4:13 PM, Blogger Mckayla said...

I don't think it would be a great movie so I am not going to go see it..

 
At 9:37 PM, Blogger CalvinPitt said...

I doubt I'll go see it. I seem to have pinned all my summer comic book movie hopes on Captain America.

I think DC (or Warner Bros) want it to be successful first, good second. It needs to make them some fat bank, and if it has a positive critical response, that's a bonus.

For the audience, it needs to be both. If it bombs, it probably won't matter if it's good. They may decide it's not worth it to branch out from Batman and Superman. If it makes money but is a piece of garbage, then that could be an ill omen for future movies (like Flash or Wonder Woman).

Obviously the quality of those films would depend on cast and crew, which wouldn't be the same as it would for Green Lantern, but if GL scores big while being lousy, the studios may figure they can pump out any piece of junk and make money. So they cut corners and you get a second-rate product, which isn't likely to be a satisfying experience.

 
At 6:04 PM, Blogger Swellsman said...

Saw it last night. I was really hoping it would be good, but it sucked ass. Lots and lots of ass. The special effects were hit or miss, the plot made no sense at all.

One minor thing really rankled: when Hal gets to Oa and Tomar Re explains that his mask vanishes when it isn't necessary to preserve his identity . . . dude! his "mask" is essentially some green greasepaint smeared across his eyes. If that is all that is necessary to preserve his identity, it is because Earth is known the galaxy over as the planet of retards.

Now, I know GL's mask is canon, and I don't have a problem with that. But it is also something like Clark Kent's glasses: a dumb thing we get saddled with, and something better served by not thinking about it too much.

So when the movie makes the conscious decision to actually dwell on this matter . . . what were they thinking?

 
At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Accursed Interloper said...

"some of the preliminary reviews trickling out aren't particularly glowing."

Some of the writers of these reviews aren't particularly bright bulbs on the ornament wire. Hopefully this one is the dumbest ... EVER:
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2011/06/green-lantern-sparks-debate-over-racism-science-fiction/38976/

"the plot made no sense at all."

The romantic comedy plot worked out just like it did in the previous 4,567 rom com movies, and the superhero versus omni-monstrous badguy plot worked out just like it did in the previous 89 superhero movies, and the 8-year-old in the row behind me seemed to have no problem following the storyline, so maybe ... maybe that problem isn't one, really.

 

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