David McVay writes:
One of the advantages/disadvantages of living in Australia is that it sometimes takes films so long to get here that the initial hype can wear off. In the case of the new Martin Campbell (“Casino Royal”) film “Green Lantern” it is an advantage. The decision by Warner/Roadshow to hold this film from Australian release for so many weeks after its US debut is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it has killed any anticipation that Australian audiences might have had for this film, on the other hand, after all the bad reviews it received, expectations for this film couldn’t be much lower. When it was released in the US, “Green Lantern” was savaged by the critics and generally ignored by audiences. In Australia, we heard and read all the reviews and over the last few weeks have wondered whether the film could really be that bad. So, is it? No, I didn’t think so, I didn’t hate this movie. I just didn’t think it was particularly great. It is an average action film that is nowhere near as bad as I was led to believe.