Green Lantern Reborn
Using only his willpower, Hal Jordan must protect the Earth and defeat an ancient and fearful enemy that threatens both mankind and the Corps. To win, Hal must over come great fear and prove his worth as a Green Lantern.
My intention is to streamline the movie by removing most of the bad dialogue, silly reactions shots and subplots. I have reordered some scenes for a more logical and cohesive storyline, keeping only scenes that progress the plot or develop the characters. By doing so, I hope to transform Hal Jordan into the hero he was meant to be -- the GREATEAT GREEN LANTERN IN THE UNIVERSE!
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• Removed scenes or parts of scenes that were not progressing the storyline or the characters.
• Edited all scenes about Hal refusing to take the mantle of the Green Lantern or telling is not worthy of it.
• Hal feels doubt and fear (a main theme of the movie) about is new role but accepts and embraces it.
• Edited all scenes about Hector since his acting is sadly inconsistent, erratic and all over the place.
• Hector is now a more serious character and surrender to the power of fear, until Parallax arrival that is.
• Reordered a couple of scenes for a more logical and cohesive storyline.
• A LOT of small cuts to remove cliché and bad dialogues and reaction shots.
•Added a new and intense music during the Warner Bros and DC credits.
•The movie doesn't start with the Green Lantern universe exposition, the viewers will discover this when Hal does.
•It rather opens more mysteriously with the alien crash and Parallax waking up with a new and more ominous music.
•Following Parallax escape, switched directly to the Hal and Carol dogfight with an added title card "PLANET EARTH: SECTOR 2814".
•Therefore, removed the unnecessary Hal introduction scene, Carol introduction scene and dogfight exposition scene.
•During Hal crash, removed all 1993 flashbacks and replaced them with new quick flashbacks.
•Following Hal crash, removed the random ranting about Carol and the Ryan Reynolds type reaction.
•After Hal is left alone, switched to the 1993 flashback with young Hal unable to sleep with an updated 1993 title card.
•I kept this flashback because the death of Hal father has defined his personality.
•Removed the scene between his father and mother talking to keep the focus on young Hal and his father.
•After waking up, removed the scene of young Hal running outside and toward the airfield and switched directly to the airfield.
•I kept the scene between young Hal, Carol and Hector because it's the only scene establishing a previous relationship.
•Removed the ironically easy quote of Hector about alien life on other planets.
•After young Hal watches his father plane crash and burn, switched back to present day with Abin Sur attacked by Parallax.
•Following Abin Sur launching to earth, switched to Hal arriving at his nephew birthday party.
•I kept this event because we have to establish where Hal is when captured by the ring power but it's been shortened.
•After Hal ears the news about his crash, switched directly to Abin Sur crashed.
•After the ring power starts searching for a replacement, switched directly to Hal entering his nephew room.
•Removed Hal speech about reassuring his nephew therefore going directly to Hal giving his father airplane model.
•After Hal and friend leaves Abin Sur corpse and ship, removed their driving escape and discussion.
•During the scene where Sinestro announces the death of Abin Sur to the Guardians, added a title card "PLANET OA: SECTOR 0000".
•Removed the cliché Hector introduction scene, switching to Hector dropping his glasses on the desk.
•From this point on, removed all cliché and bad dialogues and reaction shots from Hector.
•Removed the cliché concept about alternating scenes between good and evil rising up.
•Now, the scene of Hal reciting the oath is uninterrupted with a couple of cuts to tighten the scene.
•Removed the scene of Hal being afraid of the lantern.
•After Hal finalizes his oath and opens the door to Carol, switched directly to Hector inspecting Abin Sur corpse.
•Now, the scene of Hector being infected by Parallax wound is uninterrupted with a couple of cuts to tighten the scene.
•Added a new and more dangerous music during Hector analysis of the corpse.
•The scene ends more ominously, slowing down during Hector infection and him getting down and giving his data to Amanda.
•Removed the old and tired cliché of dropping the car keys and being surprised.<
•Again, removed the cliché concept about alternating scenes between good and evil rising up.
•Removed all scenes about Hector having a bad night, therefore the scene of Hal flying to Oa is uninterrupted.
•During Hal examination, added a new scene showing a part of the indoctrination process when zooming on the ring.
•Added beautiful space shots, Hal mind flying through space, earring his own heartbeat.
•We then see the original Green Lantern exposition scene, explaining to Hal and the viewers what are the Green Lanterns.
•When the Green Lantern symbol is displayed in space, switched to the symbol on Hal new suit.
•During the Tomar-Re introduction scene, removed all questions from Hal.
•Hal's supposed to known a lot of those things from the indoctrination process, Tomar-Re explains them for the viewers.
•After Tomar-Re invitation to fly, Hal successfully and proudly flies at first try.
•After flying above the central battery, switched to Tomar-Re, Kilowog and Sinestro training Hal.
•It never made sense to me seeing Sinestro announcing an assault against Parallax and afterward taking time to train Hal.
•Removed Hal being really afraid and telling them the ring made a mistake choosing him.
•After Sinestro wins against Hal, switched to Hal and Tomar-Re going to Sinestro speech.
•During their travel to this speech, added a new and more dramatic music about Hal contemplating the difficulty of his role.
•After the Green Lanterns brighten their ring, switched to Hal returning to earth.
•Removed Hal removing his ring, he simply reflects on being a Green Lantern.
•Shortened the class introduction scene and removed the cliché Class dismissed dialogue before Hector leaves his class.
•Removed Hector message from his father and the subsequent scene, I like Tim Robbins but he's really bad in this movie.
•Removed the part where Sinestro tells the Guardians they must forge a yellow ring.
•Shortened the party introduction scene, starting with Hal grabbing a glass.
•Removed the scene between Hector and Carol, and subsequent scene between Hector and his father.
•Removed Hector father saluting the crowd, going to Hector crashing the helicopter.
•Removed the helicopter going toward Carol father, it should have cut this head off.
•Removed Carol reaction shot of Hal flying away after the rescue.
•Removed Hal waking up, switching directly to his friend knocking on the door.
•Removed Hal failing to use the ring, switching directly to him charging the ring and suiting up.
•Removed part of Hal reaction shot with his costume.
•Removed Hal telling Carol he left the Green Lanterns and subsequent scene from Carol reacting to this.
•Removed Hector waiting in his car and seeing Hal flying away.
•Removed the cliché I don't know what you're talking about.
•Removed the We know everything son dialog, going to a more surprise reaction from Hector.
•Removed Hal remembering Tomar-Re telling him The ring never makes mistake, going straight to the ring alarm.
•Removed Hector reading Hal mind about Carol reaction to Hal quitting the Green Lanterns.
•Removed Hector shouting for nothing and then disappearing.
•Removed the scene between Hal, Carol and his friend about yet again Hal telling is afraid and unworthy.
•Removed the scene where Parallax tells Hector to eliminate Hal.
•Removed everything about the completion of the yellow ring and using it against Parallax.
•Removed Hal telling not to risk anymore lives and asking permission to fight for earth, that makes no sense to me.
•Removed the supposed to be sad dialog of Hector's feeling about Carol and not seeing him the way he wants.<
•Removed Hector feeling sorry for himself being jealous of Hal.
•Removed Hal tricking Hector and his subsequent stupid reactions.
•Removed Hector being able to use the ring to punch a hole in the wall.
•Removed the I lied repartee between Hector and Hal.
•Removed Parallax telling Hector he failed him.
•Shortened the discussion between Carol and Hector before the final fight.
•Changed the reused shot of Sinestro lifting his arm in the air with a shot of the Guardians watching from their citadel.
•Changed the really bad flying to space music with a new and way better music from one of the trailers.
•Changed the first part of the end credits music with a new and way better music from one of the trailers.
•Removed the middle scene of the end credits where Sinestro puts the yellow ring.
The trailer for the original release of "Green Lantern" left me uneasy, but I watched the movie anyway, determined to keep an open mind and not to nitpick. I left the cinema underwhelmed. "At least," I said to myself, "the studio did not cast Jack Black in the title role, as was proposed at one stage." Seeing it a second time on a plane, then getting the BD disc, though, confirmed my disappointment.
Great visuals, but complete disrespect for the source material, and the audience. You don't have to be a big fan of the character - and I am not - to think the movie was weak and a loss of great potential. Did Abin Sur's ring really choose the whiniest, most irresponsible man on earth to be a member of an intergalactic space force based on conquering fear? Is it really heroic to not even know the name of the woman you slept with, the day after? In the comics, Hal Jordan was reckless but actually quite strait-laced, a military guy with the "right stuff," not an amazingly annoying guy perfectly capable of wrapping a beloved nephew's birthday present in an old newspaper while driving recklessly at a high speed (and still missing the kid's party). Not a person who would drop out of the Green Lantern Corp because it was a bit tough. The characterisation did not even make sense within the movie itself: so, Jordan can do crazy, brilliant flying but suffers from crippling fear? He can execute super-complex manouevres and has the discipline to train as a top-notch top-gun, but can't set an alarm clock? It's like having Bruce Wayne say "so what?" when he sees a crime, or Peter Parker thinking "Uncle Ben was a douche."
The fanfix is amazing, and 100% proof of what wonders can be done with a nip, a tuck, a plan, a sense of story-telling and an understanding of the source material. Really, its hard to describe how much better this is: the original film was bland (except when irritating), and repetitive rather than compelling and bloated. What we have here is a tight story, with a logical progression; a man facing a challenge realistically, and stepping up, rather than whining and wise-cracking; a soldier in an inter-galactic army where friends die, rather than a spoiled, entitled man-child that leaves you rooting for the bad guys.
Repetition is gone and a tighter edit removes the meandering and bloat; the whining is purged, and the character of Jordan is likeable; the resulting movie, while not the greatest super-hero epic ever, compares well with "Aquaman" and similar fare. The edits are seamless, audio is clean and consistent, and a pretty darn good movie is salvaged. The original was perhaps 4/10 (giving credit to the visuals), but this is, for me, a solid 8/10.
I would happily watch it again, and plan to show it to friends as proof of the power of a fanfix.
Thank you editor!!!
I watched Green Lantern when it first came out (as an old-school fan of the comic character) and was definitely underwhelmed. It actually wasn't a BAD movie, per se, it's just that a lot of little things added up to make it pretty un-compelling by the ending. I just didn't really care about Hal or anyone in the movie and kind of wanted it to be over. Honestly, the most interesting character in the film was Sinestro!
So I was looking for a FanFix that could somehow tweak and massage the movie into a story I cared about, and in this respect, "Reborn" replaces the original on the shelf. However, like many FanFixes, when you fix some issues, it reveals other weaknesses underneath.
SKYflix's many, many cuts to the film edit out a lot of the cheesiness and cliches that plagued the theatrical cut...but not all. The whole script is just riddled with this stuff, and when you take out everything you can, it leaves a basically pretty generic story. I never got into this new Parallax villain from the comics, or all the various colors of Corps that the story is trying to set up for the future, but it's the main concept of the film here. There is stage-setting for Yellow Lanterns, Red Lanterns, Purple Lanterns, and even Blue Lanterns. It's reduced here to background scenes, but still kind of pointless unless you're a fan waiting for those setups. To me, the more compelling story is Hector and Hal's parallel journeys, which we get more of with the inclusion of a deleted scene. However, some of the scene removals take away from this (because a lot of it was cliche) and now Hector and Hal seem a lot more ready to be spiteful to each other than makes sense without the added jealousy over Carol.
A few other points didn't really work for me in this cut. Early on in the film, I actually stopped to look up who the composer was because I found the music so overbearingly on-the-nose. It didn't remember it being that bad, and was surprised to find James Newton Howard scored it, how is usually quite competent.
I saw later that a lot of music was added to this edit from other sources, and I have to say it was too obvious and cheesy for me. The one scene edit in this version of the film that REALLY didn't work for me is Hal suddenly sensing that he has to go barge into a warehouse where Hector is and save everyone. There's no lead-up, and no reaction from Hal to Hector being suddenly monstrous. It seems very disjointed. Finally, I really appreciated that the flashbacks to young Hal and his Dad were abbreviated in this edit. However, we still see them play out too extensively in the middle of a dogfight scene (in a weird tint, no less). This then means that we know exactly what's going to happen to his dad when those same exact scenes play out over 5+ minutes later. I'd rather have had super quick cuts just hinting at a big accident, and we don't find out it was his dad until we see the memories in full.
Supposedly the studio chopped director Martin Campbell's film to pieces and there are tatters of various storylines everywhere, apparent in this cut. Sinestro is basically a racist jerk here, which works fine for an ending payoff. But his journey in the original film is much richer and more interesting, where he serves as rival, mentor, and partner to Hal. The evolution is interesting, and his recognition of and seduction to the yellow power is a compelling element which is sorely missing here. It's also now very apparent that in Campbell's cut, Sinestro and other Lanterns were supposed to help in the final battle. Little elements like this, between the studio's interference and the fan edits, add up to make the movie feel like it's missing story payoffs.
It is however, focused on telling a better narrative, which is firmly on Hal. The comparisons to Top Gun are very easy now, where the son has to come to grips with his father's "failure" and death, and is constantly acting out against authority figures and being called reckless until he deals with those issues. With the story focused this way, however, the omissions of some of Hal's scenes of doubt and fear about his responsibility as a Lantern seem strange. Including at least a few would've aided the story. Without them, many of the scenes on Earth just feel like mundane distractions from the interesting and more original stuff with the Corp.
All in all, this is a superior cut of the film, but it still feels very uneven, and at this point, we've seen many other superhero films tread similar ground better. The audio sync was also off for me in various players, and I finally resorted to adjusting it by .5 in VLC to get it mostly lined up. In the end, if you've never seen Green Lantern, I'd recommend watching this version. But if you're expecting this edit to turn the movie into a compelling rewatch in line with many other superhero films, I'd give it a pass.
Congratulations!! Massive improvement upon the original film. Honestly surprising, almost feels like a different movie. You know what you are doing. The minor problems I had were related to dialogue sound quality and noticeably bad CGI. The CGI is obviously not your fault though. Great Job!
Now this is a huge improvement on the original comercial release, SKYflix delivers a trimmed down, straight to the point GL movie that almost meets my expectations for one of my favorite comic book characters.
Thankfully all the dumbest and mopey Hal Jordan moments are gone, and while its unfortunate that its imposible to replace Ryan Reynolds with a better actor; his trademark "look at how a funny guy I am" moments are trimmed to a bare minimum.
The plot remains the same, not really in line with either the real GL origin or the Parallax arc; yet it is much more enjoyable with all the unnecessary and repetitive exposition.
I have to say I missed the final scene in which Sinestro forges his yellow ring.
Video and audio editing is seamless, sadly we have yet another 2.0 audio track; therefore points are deducted from A/V quality.
Overall a great improvement.