Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The Entertainment Tonight preview looked pretty bad, but now that the full length trailer for Warner Brother's summer 2011 tentpole has been released, I figure this better pull some kind of Hancock. I mean, I never saw the Will Smith vehicle, but even though the reviewers were unkind, it was able rake in some dough. At the end of the day, it was one of the world's biggest stars playing the only black super-hero to ever be afforded a decent budget, and the comedy worked for its audience. Green Lantern seems to fall more on the Meteor Man side of "funny super-heroics," and Ryan Reynolds has never really proven himself outside of comedy of the dubious/romantic variety. Maybe it's just me, but that CGI costume looks ridiculous, and I can't see past Reynolds to Hal Jordan. Blake Lively looks like she should be carded, and acts like cardboard. The brief glimpses of Hector Hammond recall Jeffrey Jones in Howard the Duck. The other aliens/landscapes make for some really nice video game cut scenes, but on the silver screen? It seems to me this thing really wants to be Iron Man, but everything is so awkward and goofy looking, it has the stink of too-faithful failures past all over it (The Phantom, The Rocketeer, Superman Returns.) It may make money, but will it win hearts?
For the record, Captain America looks like it's going to break my heart. That's possibly my all time favorite super-hero, but he just does not seem to work in live action. My only hope for next year is Thor. Like Iron Man, I don't care very much about Thor as a comic book character, but the film shows all kinds of promise. Check the trailer below and tell me what your preference is. I reserve the right to mock you, by the way.