For a movie that relies so heavily on energy to form its narrative, Green Lantern lacks any real oomph of its own. It's an inert origin story, built out of bits and pieces of comic book mythology that most likely played a lot better on four fixed panels. From the unusual -- and often counterproductive -- casting choices to the lack of vision on the part of director Martin Campbell, this is the kind of near calamity that DC fans have long feared. While Marvel manages to reinvent its label as a superior setting for serious filmmakers and equally adept actors, their competitor continues to live off Christopher Nolan and his brilliant Batman films hoping to somehow hit cinematic paydirt again. So far, they're failing.
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