In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!

Yeah, Hal Jordan didn’t know the oath either.  Who’s Hal Jordan?  If I told you, I’d have to kill you.  OK, not really.  Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is a hot-shot pilot (think Tom Cruise in Top Gun) who is bequeathed an emerald ring bearing powers like nothing he’s ever seen.

Reynolds does a good job portraying Jordan in this live-action adaptation of the DC comic.  He gives Jordan just the right combination of confidence and cockiness mixed with compassion and human frailty. Many of the characters stick out and are notable, but none because of ineptness or horribly weak links. Nobody that was necessarily spectacular to me, but no one ruined it.  Mark Strong deserves major props though as Sinestro.  The red skin might be makeup, but I bet it’s a pain in the hind end to get off!  All of the special effects are very well done and blend in well.

I’m certainly not qualified to speak to the accuracy of the movie in comparison to the comic book, but the storyline was easy to follow and neither too fast or too slow for my taste. It is a comic book superhero movie, so you’ll need your willing-suspension-of-disbelief with you. The movie is rated PG-13 (parental guidance suggested for children under 13) and I’ll go with that. Bits of it might be a much for the younger crowd or something you might not want to have to explain to your child.

Mom and I went to a Saturday matinee, so we didn’t contribute quite as much to the $104 million the film has grossed so far (for the week of July 1).  The Rave’s matinee crowd for the 2:35 p.m. showing wasn’t bad at all, and we ran into a friend from church who’d seen it with us.  My ticket was $7.50, and Mom bought a coke and popcorn combo for $17. So it was a chunk of change we spent, but we got our movie and popcorn fix!

Now for some more links.  If you want to check out Green Lantern for yourself, check out Fandango, the Rave, Regal Movie Theatres, or AMC Movie Theatres for information on show times and locations.  (Personal note: it’s playing in 3D, but I don’t know that it’s worth it.)  For cast bios and discussion boards, I check out IMDB.com (Internet Movie Data Base).  Click here for the official movie website from Warner Brothers with lots of fun stuff (create a Green Lantern, claim a sector, play Green Lantern Combat).  Probably the coolest thing is where you can take the oath and post it!  For more background and information on Warner Brothers and DC Comics, check out their websites.