GREEN IS THE COLOUR OF WILL

GREEN LANTERN (2011)
– 3 out of 5 stars 

Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) was chosen by the ring when Green Lantern Abin Sur crash-lands on Earth after being attacked by Parallax, an alien that feeds on fear. After pledging himself to the Green Lantern, he realizes that the ring grants him otherworldly powers and he belongs to an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe. Hal is disheartened to learn that the other Lanterns believe humans are too primitive to fully harness the power of the ring. But he gets a chance to prove them wrong when Parallax makes Earth its next target.

“In brightest day, in blackest night
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those that worship evil’s might
Beware my power — Green Lantern’s light!”
– Green Lantern oath

Well, the movie didn’t suck as bad as those reviews I read, so I’m glad I saw it. But I have to say it didn’t really wow me as much as other comic-to-movie adaptations (like Spider-man 2 or X-Men). I think many didn’t like the CGI suit, but after watching, I think I understand (partially) why. The Green Lantern projects his will through his ring and these projections are CGI-ed and so is his costume/mask have to be CGI too, for consistency’s sake?

Well, they could have provided more shots of Ryan Reynolds shirtless to compensate for the CGI suit. Blake Lively is gorgeous, as usual, and she looks good in anything and I think dark hair suits her quite nicely. She mostly wears her hair down so there isn’t as much hair porn as there is on Gossip Girl.

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THE UNIVERSITY OF LIFE

AN EDUCATION (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars

I’ve finally seen An Education! Bet it would be better on a large screen.

Set in the 1960s, it tells the story of Jenny Mellor (Carey Mulligan), a 16-year-old who is trying to get into Oxford on her father’s wishes. One rainy afternoon, she meets David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard), and her life changes forever. She is able to pursue her cultural interests – attending classical concerts, bid at auctions, have dinners at fancy restaurants and going to Paris. However, the truth about David hits her after she gives up her chance at getting to Oxford.

Peter Sarsgaard is so creepy! As the older guy trying to woo Jenny, he was very charming even with her parents? No wonder all of them fell for it. I guess anyone in Jenny’s shoes would find the opportunity to good to pass especially when her father dictates everything in her life and she gets to follow her life’s passions whenever David is around. Carey Mulligan plays Jenny really well – no wonder she got nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. I can feel her anguish when she realized everything she knew about David was a hoax and that her life was over because she gave up her chance at a degree. It shows how important it is for females to be able to stand on her own feet and not be over-reliant on men. Anyway, I’m so glad the ending happened the way it did. 4 and a half out of 5 stars.

Jenny Mellor: Action is character, my English teacher says. I think it means that if we never did anything, we wouldn’t be anybody.