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Yesterday was really relaxing! (212.8) - Mark's Journal
Yesterday was really relaxing! (212.8)
Yes, sorry, I liked "Green Lantern." Like jccohen, I thought it did a good job of a) roughly hitting the character's and universe's basics and b) being fun. If you go, don't leap out of your seat at the beginning of the credits. Have you learned nothing over the years? The movie's not over!

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.
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jccohen From: jccohen Date: June 20th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
The origin stuff - especially of things that aren't Hal Jordan, like Parallax and the Yellow Ring - was simplified for a movie audience and to not have to match a gazillion years of continuity. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it actually makes more sense when its simplified.
polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: June 21st, 2011 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought that 1:45 was rather short for a film of this scope. Also, I probably would have had as the earthbound villain someone along the lines of Black Hand. Hector Hammond seemed to come out of left field. I suppose he was better than, say, the Invisible Destroyer... I had some issues with the film's portrayal of Parallax, thinking that it looked like the lovechild of V'Ger and the cloud creature from Lost.

I also would have liked to have seen a longer training scene and more cameos of the non-Terran GL's. I did see Stel the robotic one. I suppose it would have been too much to ask for Saarek (sic), the Vulcanoid GL, to have a cameo. Maybe in the Director's Cut.
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