I was kind of amused this morning to read Newsweek's piece Invasion of the Bodybuilders, talking about GL's Ryan Reynolds among other recent examples of mega-muscled screen stars. When I saw the trailers with his absurd physique in the skintight Lantern-created costume, I figured there was some digital magic involved, but no, he really does seem to be a skinny guy with top-heavy muscles piled on.
That's probably in character, though, if Hal Jordan is to be believed as a self-centered test-pilot. No doubt there's significant overlap between the self-centered test-pilot set and the overdone-physique set.
I don't honestly remember enough of the details of Green Lantern's origin to know how well they did, but it was a pretty good story that, from my point of view, held up well. Nothing too complicated, some decent action, and some really nicely done CGI. Of course, this movie wasn't "art," dramatically speaking, but I think it warrants a trip to the cinema to be enjoyed on the big screen. (Maybe would've been worth seeing in 3D, too, but the folks I was going with picked the flat version.)
After the movie, I joined a good friend's birthday party, already in progress, and was pleasantly surprised to see bdouglas there. (I should stop being surprised when he and I discover a new friend in common.) The party was at Stewart Park, and the weather was just stunning and perfect for a late-afternoon and early-evening session alongside the lake. (Photos to come. I know this astonishes you.)
There were fresh pies, a few salads (mine was both vegan and gluten free, though I'm not sure anyone cared), and somewhat quirkily, a couple of take-out containers of Chinese food. Pretty sure I've never seen that at a picnic at the park before! Tasty, though. My homemade iced tea was a hit, especially with the birthday girl. There were lots of cool people there, some of whom I already knew and some I didn't, and it turned out to be a really relaxing way to spend a few hours.
Brandon and I headed downtown for a pint of kombucha (a fizzy, fermented, but non-alcoholic drink), and after we parted, I decided I wasn't quite done with the evening, so I swung by the Nines for some live music and texted a friend to see if she wanted to join me. She did, and we chatted for a couple more hours. I had to get up early this morning, but I think it was worth staying out late anyway.