Green Lantern: First Flight (Single-Disc Edition)
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Green Lantern: First Flight (DVD)
More than three billion years ago, a race of immortals known as the Guardians of the Universe, established a team of heroes based out of a planet at the very center of creation and assigned to defend freedom and justice across the many galaxies. Each hero is given a ring that bestows awesome power. Together they are known as the Green Lantern Corps. When Earth's new representative to the Corps, Hal Jordan is recruited and placed under the supervision of senior Lantern Sinestro, he comes to realize that his trainer and mentor is at the heart of a secret conspiracy threatening the philosophy, tradition and very existence of the Corps that has defended universal law for far longer than Jordan's home world has existed. Now, Jordan must quickly master his new powers to combat the treasonous Lanterns in order to maintain order across the universe.]]>
Green Lantern: First Flight is an animated and lively origin story about the transformation of test pilot Hal Jordan into a member of an intergalactic society watching over the universe. Flying an experimental jet one day, Jordan (voiced by Law and Order: Special Victims Unit's Christopher Meloni) encounters a dying alien who is a Green Lantern protector of Earth's sector of the cosmos. The alien's ring, a repository of enormous power granted by a council of elders called the Guardians, zips onto Jordan's finger, but neither the Guardians nor other Green Lanterns are ready to accept him as an unproven member. Complicating things for Jordan is the fact that the Green Lantern tasked with mentoring him, Sinestro (Victor Garber), is plotting the destruction of the Guardians with the acquisition of "yellow power," the only force that makes the Lanterns' green power useless.
Jordan's resilience and willingness to throw himself in harm's way for the good of everyone gain respect, but his inevitable showdown with Sinestro is an epic fight. This PG-13 feature is a bit bloody, and there are a few swear words, but most of the violence arises from that familiar, shape-shifting light emanating from Jordan's ring. Happily, there is some of the old DC Comics wit in the way his Green Lantern ring shapes its beam into such imaginative weapons as a golf club and a flyswatter. --Tom Keogh
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In every aspect that the Green Lantern live action film was a complete disaster and failure this animated film excels and succeeds. It wastes no time getting to the action and has plenty of fun mixed in.
If you're looking for a movie to introduce someone, whether child or adult, to the Green Lantern characters or Hal Jordan in general then look no further. It's just a shame that the talent behind this animated film wasn't given the task of making the feature film.
I've never read the comics, but from what I understand, the movies stick very close to them. This particular story was very intriguing. I always liked the Green Lantern, but never really knew Hal Jordan's character. My only issue was the intro seemed really rushed. Hal gets the ring, and is apparently really fluent with it, with no training (montage anyone?) or anything. Regardless, the story was packed with action, with a good twist at the end.
One thing I've noticed is that the DC movies seem a little more brutal and violent then when I was younger. I don't know if I just pay more attention now, or if it really has changed, either way, I still enjoy the movies.
I thought the movie was a pretty cool, action packed movie. The only thing that kind of bothered me was that when Hal gets the ring it's like he already knows how to use it right as he puts it on. Now as I said before I'm pretty new to the Green Lantern universe so unless that's how the ring works it just didn't seem right to me since in the live action movie he had to learn how to use the powers. As you get further in the movie it's like he already becomes a Green lantern god within like just a couple days of being a Green Lantern. That was pretty much my only complaint about the movie everything else was cool and it was fun to watch.
Very little time is spent setting up Hal Jordan's admission into the Green Lantern Corps and he is quickly thrown into the middle of a battle that will affect the future of the universe (doesn't it always :-) This is a solid comic book style plot that is blessed with a decent script. The animation is nothing special, but it is good enough to avoid being a distraction.
I won't talk about the story here because I'm sure somebody else already has and I don't want to post spoilers but I will say that this is a movie I've already watched several times - very glad to own it.
My wife was unfamiliar with the story of how Hal Jordan became a lantern and she loved the movie the first time she saw it.
You won't be disappointed!
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