Green Lantern (2011) is a national treasure.
Well, okay, no, it isn't. But I don't think I have ever had so much fun laughing out loud at a villain in a superhero movie. It does deserve praise for giving us one of the most hilarious villains of all time. Please treat yourself to the very brief and well edited video below (compiled by someone other than me):
Let me tell you: Peter Sarsgaard tore this role up. His performance is brilliant. And hey, you can use this in debates as evidence that DC does have a sense of humor!
Otherwise, in watching this movie again I was struck by a couple of things.
The first one is that I felt Ryan Reynolds was fine in this film, even if the film itself had issues. I guess I can understand how actors want to apologize for appearing in bad movies, or movies that fail. George Clooney has done it for Batman and Robin, and Ben Affleck for Daredevil (although I actually like Daredevil, and think it's fairly good). But in my opinion, none of those three actors (Reynolds, Clooney, and Affleck) gave bad performances in those pictures, really. The problem was with the movies themselves. Anyway, Reynolds does the best he can with what he is given. It's a fairly entertaining performance.
The other thing is that I have to wonder how well the Green Lantern's superpowers translate to the big screen. The ring's energy being shaped by imagination and will is a very cool concept. It's great for a comic book, for sure. But it seems to lose something when the attempt is made to bring it to life in live action through CGI. I'm not saying that it can't be done better than it was in this film. But I am saying it might be surprisingly difficult material to work with.
Anyway, I had only seen this movie once before. So I figured I'd give it another go. And I think for the future I won't mind seeing it again one day. For it features--at least for me--possibly the funniest villain of all time.