In Blackest Night,
In Brightest Day,
No bad plot, poor delivery or weak character development
Shall escape Skyflix's sight!
This is a fantastic firstling debut. Green Lantern is not just reborn, he is redeemed!
Skyflix has managed to transform this maligned and misdirected (and yet, guilty pleasure) movie into a rock solid superhero movie equal to any of the current Marvelverse features.
Every single scene has been either trimmed, rearranged, polished and/or altered. What emerges is a superhero movie worthy of it's mythos. Now, Hal Jordan, while still a bit of maverick, he is also more professional, more of an everyman that you like and can relate to.... Yes, he is a man with doubts and fears but they do not make him quit at the first sign of trouble or insecurity. He faces his fears and conquers it.
The relationship between Hal and Carol feels more real now. I buy their romance now and could understand the attraction and history between the two characters much better.
Hector has been smartly refocused. No longer is he so schizophrenic. Right from the beginning he is a darker, troubled character whose decent into evil feels more believable.
And Sinestro? It is amazing, with a few cut lines and deletion of the yellow ring subplot, he becomes one of the most dynamic and relatable characters... a man struggling over the loss of his best friend and protecting the only thing he has ever believed it -- the Green Lantern Corps.
In terms of narration, this fan edit is excellent. Yes, as a long time Green Lantern fan, I did miss a few cut things -- Hal's relationship with his brothers and the previously mentioned Yellow Power Ring storyline -- but these do nothing to move the main story forward and Skyflix was brilliant in his removal of these elements.
The video quality is perfect, equal to the Blu-ray. In the jet crash flashback, Slyflix has added a slight yellow filter to Hal's memories, which I thought was sheer brilliance since this is Hal's driving fear. Skyflix added some new cosmic shots that he has matted to match the film's aspect ratio which look beautiful. Though I thought I could see a glimmer of the footage at the bottom of the screen in my viewer when I rewatched this movie for the THIRD TIME (yes, I love this edit that much!!!) last night. Again, not a big deal, as I obviously did not notice it on my first 2 viewings...LOL!
There is some incredible audio work done in this edit, new music added to many scenes. Most work exceptionally well; maybe a bit on the low or loud side here or there, but nothing to detract from the experience.
The cut work is really good. I did not notice any flash frames or significant technical issues. There was one or two slightly awkward scene transition cuts, but based on the material I am not sure if there was any other way to restructure them. Skyflix also added slow-mo to a couple of shots, which I liked for it really for its dramatic effect but others may disagree.
Again, this an awesome edit. It is immensely entertaining and it lives up to the legacy of the Green Lantern legend. I highly recommend it.
THUMBS WAY UP!!!!
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Owner's replyJuly 11, 2014
Sincere and grateful thanks BionicBob! Your review is amazing and very thorough. I'm currently trying to build an SD version and I do notice now the glimmer problem, thanks for pointing that out. I would also like to acknowledge your contribution to the final product. Thank you immensely for your support and advice!
In short - this edit rocked! This is so much a better version of the original and I thank SKYflix for it. I think some of the other reviews are a little too critical of what is only a comic book superhero character turned into a live action movie - it's not Gone With The Wind but this edit achieves everything I expect from a fun and action filled movie of this genre.
I have to admit, I did make a personal copy of this edit for myself with a slight variation, but I never would have been able to do that without this masterful edit.
If you're a DC universe fan you will love it, and I highly recommend this edit to resurrect what is a worthy character to the franchise. But if you're not a fan then don't watch it - quite simple really!
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.