Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
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Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (AZ/Blu-ray)
With stories by acclaimed writers including Geoff Johns, Alan Burnett and Dave Gibbons, this DC Universe Animated Original Movie explores the rich mythology of the Green Lantern universe through six interlocking chapters. While awaiting a battle with Krona, an ancient enemy of the Guardians of the Universe, Earth's Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Kilowog, Sinestro and other members of the Green Lantern Corps recount their greatest adventures to new recruit Arisia – everything from tales of the first Lantern to the ominous events that led to the Corps' Blackest Night! The power-packed voice cast includes Nathan Fillion, Jason Isaacs, Elisabeth Moss, Henry Rollins and Arnold Vosloo.]]>
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On the other hand, after giving praise to the short character expositions, I would've preferred ones a bit closer to the source material and/or more closely related to the GL Corps, instead of just two of them. The Mogo short, for example, was funny and well done but had little to do with the GLC in general and the impact is lessened if you already know who Mogo is. There's also several nitpicky points that stood out to me: Why did the entire Corps have to line up at the main power battery to charge their rings one-by-one when they all have individual batteries, or could do it all at once? Although it happened more frequently than First Flight, there was minimal use of constructs, and when they were used it was mostly shields and bubbles. Why would GL basic training not at least start with familiarizing new recruits with their rings? It would make more sense to train them with the ring first, and then test them without it. The final and best short (IMO) featuring Abin Sur was the closest to the true continuity, but it only brushed the surface leaving out important details that wouldn't have added much time if included.
This is just a question, and doesn't effect my rating, but why was the GL symbol changed from the silver age box-shaped design to the one with pointed ends? Perhaps this was just for the movie but even though I've noticed the new design in the new 52 I believe the old one is still prevalent. I know that a few of the GLs from Earth has alterted their uniforms in some way, particularly Jon and Kyle, but as the saying goes 'if it ain't broke don't fix it.'
Emerald Knights was an interesting entry into the animated world of Green Lantern and allowed even casual fans to become familar with at least a few more of its characters. I would recommend this movie to comic and anime fans alike; however, to be honest I prefered First Flight a bit more because it focused on my favorite GL Hal Jordan, but that's just my biased opinion.
There are five stories in all, each focusing on a different Lantern at various points in history. My favorite story is "The First Lantern," about Avra, a scribe who seems the least likely candidate to be a Lantern but proves to all that he is more than worthy of the ring. Another exceptional tale is that of Laira, who battles her family in her first mission.
Kilowog, Abin Sur, and Mogo are all featured in their own stories, and Abin Sur's tale hints at things to come for another Lantern, Sinestro. Fans of the comics, the live action Ryan Reynolds flick, or just about any other story that features Sinestro knows what he is to become.
Overall this film truly deserves three and a half stars (I always round up) due to the fact that we really don't get to learn about or see much of Krona and a couple of the stories are forgettable. The Mogo tale was particularly dull in my opinion.
However, the Avra story alone makes this film worth watching and because of this I recommend this film to anybody who is a fan of Green Lantern and/or the DC Animated Universe.
I used to laugh (inside) at my 30 something year old roommate [years ago]. I was in my late 20's. I'm more of an out doors on the go, foodie type hobbyist. Just different type of play. And, I would wonder why the hell would a grown man put a Green Latern image as his facebook profile picture? I was just being a fuddy duddy adult. Ha ha ha.
Then I being bored one night decided to watch this movie. [I'm a fan of Nathan Fillion.] To my surprise...Awesome. Cool. Great story line. And since I'm not a comic connoisseur nor a specific hero groupie, let me just say I've become a Green Lantern fan. I may not be so hard core into the comic world but I value the creative story telling behind it. If I had an alternate calling I would not mind taking a shot at writing comic book stories. What an awesome way to expand and be expressive of oneself on so many levels. The comic world would be your oyster.
You got your typical dooms day end of the world or more like cosmos situation and you have a band of heros. Highlighted a few characters each with a story that shows why they deserve to wear the ring that connects to the "will." I couldn't help myself but want be drawn to Laira's story line. Yes, I'll be a nerd about it. I love a female character who can keep some arse.
And I'm almost tempted to want a ring. Almost. [My money is better spent on putting it into a 401k]. However, $2.99 on Amazon Instant was a very well deserved investment.
A good one to enjoy with the kids and kids at heart. Go play, y'all. :)