As a fan of the Green Lantern comic, I was quite disappointed with how the movie turned out. They amended the origin of Parallax, the character development was half-baked, and the setpieces were almost B-movie in style. It really disappointed not because it was bad thoroughly, but because it started out so promisingly, that you get a glimpse of what it might have been, then the script stutters and chokes and becomes bland popcorn fare.
The movie doesn’t even take advantage of the whole point of why the Green Lantern comic is so enjoyable – seeing the myriad alien life-forms that inhabit the Green Lantern universe. Some aliens from the comic make it just barely into the movie with 5-second cameos, like Bzzd and Stel, but otherwise they don’t even get to speak. And Oa doesn’t look like any place that should be inhabited by people either – it’s stony, barren, and kind of dark, when it should look like Coruscant, or Asgard in the Thor movie.
I could go on and on about how the movie did not pay proper homage to the comic. But my biggest beef with Green Lantern is how the scriptwriter so blatantly copied the plot from – wait for it – Kung Fu Panda.
[POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD]
Think about it.
Plot of Green Lantern movie:
Irresponsible, reckless test-pilot Hal Jordan is improbably chosen by Abin Sur to be the new Green Lantern of Sector 2814, and access to the power of a Green Lantern ring. However, he is derided by his fellow Green Lanterns, who think is is unworthy of the mantle of the Green Lantern. He starts to believe as well that he is not worthy of being part of the Green Lantern Corps. But, as Tomar-Re says, “The ring never makes a mistake.”
Meanwhile, a powerful enemy of the Green Lantern Corps, Parallax, has escaped from imprisonment. Originally a Guardian, he had fallen to the dark side because of his thirst for the power of fear. The best Green Lanterns attempt to defeat Parallax, but are soundly defeated. However, rookie lantern Hal Jordan makes a stand against Parallax when he comes to consume Earth, and defeats it because he now knows the secret of being a Green Lantern: he has the ability to overcome great fear.
Plot of Kung Fu Panda:
Lazy, ill-disciplined noodle-seller Po is improbably chosen by Master Oogway to be the new Dragon Warrior of the Valley of Peace, and access to the power of the Dragon Scroll. However, he is derided by his fellow martial arts students, the Furious Five, who think he is unworthy of the mantle of Dragon Warrior. He starts to believe that he is not worthy of being part of the Furious Five. But, as Master Oogway says, “There are no accidents.”
Meanwhile, a powerful enemy of the Furious Five, Tai Lung, has escaped from imprisonment. Originally a student of Master Shifu, he had fallen to the dark side because of his thirst for the power of the Dragon Scroll. The Furious Five attempt to defeat Tai Lung, but are soundly defeated. However, new Dragon Warrior Po makes a stand against Tai Lung when he comes to destroy the Palace, and defeats him because he now knows the secret of the Dragon Scroll: the power of the Dragon Warrior comes from within.
Seriously, the plot of Green Lantern is just Kung Fu Panda – with rings!
Hal Jordan = Po.
‘Green Lantern’ = ‘Dragon Warrior’.
Green Lantern ring = Dragon Scroll.
Abin Sur = Master Oogway.
Green Lantern Corps = Furious Five.
Sinestro = Tigress.
Parallax = Tai Lung.
Carol Ferris = Food.
Can you see it? What a rip-off.