GREEN LANTERN | JUNE 17
Reading this comic as a kid, I found it weird and unsettling, a kind of poor man's Dr. Strange. "The Green Lantern Corps" — a proto–Jedi Knighthood that polices the universe with magical rings and lanterns instead of light sabers — enlists Hal Jordan, test pilot and regular guy, to protect Earth from the evil entity Parallax. Judging from the trailers, Ryan Reynolds brings a wisecracking, meat-and-potatoes authority to Jordan; Mark Strong looks like a pointier John Leguizamo as Thaal Sinestro, the Corps leader; and Geoffrey Rush as Tomar-Re, Jordan's oddly feminine birdman mentor, lends credibility to lines like "the ring turns thoughts into reality." Director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) seems whiz-bang with the effects, but can he evoke the eerie green light that haunts the addled adolescent mind?
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