Perhaps us fangirls and fanboys were a bit overzealous to claim Green Lantern was going to be the next Star Wars based off of a few trailers and interviews. Certainly it is a better film than Phanton Menace, but I guess it really doesn't get much worse than that one, does it? Admittedly, this movie didn't change the world, but to say Green Lantern is on par with Daredevil or the Reb Brown Captain America (as I have heard some "fanboys" state) is outlandishly ridiculous. I can understand the point of view of always looking for the nex big thing. I too, am always on the hunt for "the greatest," the next best thing to slice bread, but sometimes you just have to accept things for what they are.
When reviewing Green Lantern for what it is, a summer popcorn superhero action flick, well..quite frankly...it rocks! This one was more on par with Iron Man 2, imho, but I guess that one was frowned on by the "fanboys" as well.
But why? Why in the world would the hardcore comic fan dislike this film?
The consensus seems to be mainly the same as the complaints for Iron Man 2. That the film lacked emotional depth or heart. Lacked heart?... give. me. a. break. It's Green Lantern! Green freakin' Lantern! Who is going to see this movie to be emotionally transformed? And if they are, maybe they need to seek some emotinal help, themselves. I mean, if you're looking for a spiritual experience go to the synagogue, not the cinema.
I agree that I didnt shed any tears or have any life changing epiphany while watching Green Lantern, but for goodness sakes, it was a superhero movie. Yes, a comic book movie can have depth and be more than a popcorn flick...but it doesnt have to be! Sometimes it's nice to simply disconnect from reality. Sometimes we just want to escape; to watch something that doesn't take intense amounts of thought and can just be enjoyed for what it is.
The thing is, I always expect this type of criticism from the critics, but I expected a completely different type of criticism from the fanboys and girls. Professional critics literally sit in their ivory tower, not only judging films, but judging us movie-going laymans with their superior form of judgement. Judgement is all the critics give. Of course I expected them to hate Green Lantern. If you remember, critics have always hated superhero movies. Historically they have exhibited a great amount of disdain for the genre as a whole. It wasnt really until Spiderman 2 was released that the critic started warming up to the comic book movie.
But what happened to the fanboy? To those fanboys who hated Green Lantern due to the lack of emotion or because there wasn't enough heart, frankly... what the hell has happened to your priorities as a comic book fan?
We should be complaining about the representation of Parallax, not that there wasn't enough emotion in the dialogue. We should be questioning why Hector Hammond could create constructs from a green power ring or that Hal was not given enough training by Kilowog and Sinestro. We should be railing against the never ending love story and disappointed that it wasn't clear which guardian was Ganthet, not that the film wasn't "believable" (whatever that means).
There is a time and a place for everything, and of course emotion and heart have a place in movies... certain movies; dramas, romantic movies, etc... Not that heart and feeling aren't a welcomed and well added bonus when properly injected into a fanboy film, but if it's not there, it's not there, and who cares?
For us comic fans, our priorities relating to movies adapted from comic books has always been faithfulness to the source material. Faithfulness to the source material has always been the first and foremost priority to us. If Hollywood respects the source material, the rest will surely come. If we trust in the stories we love, we need not worry about the concerns of the populous because our heroes are bigger than their critiques. Comic book logic defies the logic of the critic. Some of us have taken it too far and nit-picked too much, but at least what we were nit-picking was what makes the comics, not what makes an oscar nomination. The critics will never understand us. The critics will never understand that Abin Sur didn't use his power ring to fly for a reason. He flew a ship to travel and not his ring because he had been instilled by fear. And they won't ever get it because they are too busy critiqueing hair-do's and failing miserably to understand the simple joys of campy dialogue.
Let's not forget who we are. We are not them. We have our priorities straight.
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Tags: "green lantern" "2011 fanboy films" "dce"
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