Hentzel: Does ‘Green’ mean go?

Caytlin Hentzel

I went to see the movie “The Green Lantern” with my sister and brother-in-law. As the film began and the narrator introduced the story, I was excited as the next viewer. The storyline was decent, focusing on the idea of good conquering evil and the superhero getting the girl. But I left the theater with the feeling that there still could have been more.

When you leave the theater with your friends you are usually gushing, quoting the memorable one-liners, and laughing as if you are hearing them for the first time. Many of us can immediately name the movie when you hear the words “Luke, I am your father” from “Star Wars,” or “She’s a nice lady” from “The Hangover.”

Other factors must be considered when it comes to the evaluation of an exceptional, memorable film. These include the cast, the storyline, the special effects, the setting and the message. “The Green Lantern” is one of many films coming out this summer. It had eager fans lining up for midnight premieres and buying promotional memorabilia, including cereal boxes, cups, candy bars, gum — even the special popcorn bucket and drink at the movie theater itself.

I felt that the film had a great cast. Many of us know Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard, who star in this film. Respectively, they Hal Jordan (aka the Green Lantern), Carol Ferris and Hector Hammond. These professionals brought life to their roles and were not disappointing in the least. You could feel their fear, confusion and desire. You could also sense their need to figure out what their lives were really about. The characters were going through what each of us go through on a day-to-day basis.

The underlying message that willpower can overcome fear, and that all of us sometimes do not realize that what we all have inside of us, is powerful. Even though this film was in some respects anticlimactic, the special effects were believable, as was  the idea of good conquering evil. The film’s powerful message makes it worthwhile.