Green Lantern: First Flight Reviews
Anyway, First Flight works like a galactic, buddy-cop movie with high SciFi concepts. Overall? Solid animation and an engaging story, with a DBZ-like finale to boot! I just wish more time was spent developing/exploring Hal's character what with this being an origin movie. In fact, it might as well be named "Sinestro's fall"
Christopher Meloni (TV's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) leads the cast as the voice of Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern. The cast includes Emmy Award nominee Victor Garber (Milk, Titanic), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Species). Produced by animation legend Bruce Timm, Green Lantern: First Flight is directed by Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Superman Doomsday) and scripted by four-time Emmy Award-winning writer Alan Burnett (The Batman). Green Lantern: First Flight finds test pilot Hal Jordan (Christopher Meloni) recruited to join the Green Lantern Corps after the death of his predecessor Abin Sur and placed under the supervision of respected senior officer Sinestro (Victor Garber). The newly recruited officer of sector 2814 soon discovers his mentor is actually the central figure in a secret conspiracy that threatens the philosophies, traditions and hierarchy of the entire Green Lantern Corps. Hal must quickly hone his newfound powers and combat the treasonous Lanterns within the ranks to maintain order in the universe. According to director Montgomery, the film will not focus on Jordan's origin story as that was previously covered in the Justice League: The New Frontier film: "...we really didn't want to spend a whole lot of time telling that same story over again. So in Green Lantern: First Flight, the origin story is over and done before the opening credits.
The animation is great, mixing traditional hand-drawn animation with computer-generated imagery (CGI). Good action, and great voice-over work by the actors.
A fast paced animated origin tale of the Green Lantern. What it lacks in character development, it makes up for in its space opera style action/adventure tone.
Test pilot Hal Jordan, voiced by Christopher Meloni, is suddenly recruited by a dying member of the Green Lantern Corps., and becomes a new member himself. He is soon thereafter taken to an alien ship, the Green Lantern Corps.' HQ, where he is given the details of what he is now a part of. As a member of the Green Lantern Corps. Hal Jordan now possesses a ring that has as much power as he has imagination, as long as he charges it in a big green battery supply, full of power.
The plot then turns into a sort of intergalactic Training Day, as Hal is taken by Sinestro, voiced by Victor Garber, to learn the ropes of being Green Lantern, only to find that Sinestro may have some evil plans up his sleeve. Needless to say, some bad guys are revealed, a force that can counter the Green Lanterns becomes a big priority to stop, and Hal must prove himself worthy of holding onto his ring.
The beginning of this movie literally skips past having the lead hero awkwardly realize his powers. He gets the ring and that's pretty much that. If you can get past this lack of hero development, you can really enjoy the more exciting pace that the movie puts you through. While not as violent as Wonder Woman, this DC animation entry has plenty of action that keeps things movie, as well as a lot of fun with the hero.
I am always kind of skeptical about the portrayal of the Green Lantern. A character who has a ring that can do anything he wants can be tricky, but somehow this movie managed to keep me very entertained with Jordan's imagination of how to dispatch his foes. It has this humorous awesome quality that made me happy. I can only hope the live action film can make this work as well.
I was also a fan of how the animation blended its drawn aspects with the computer graphics. It wasn't a sticking out or blending in sort of way, it just felt very fitting and kept the film settled in a fine visual sense.
Decent voice work as well, despite some more pronounced actors sticking out.
Overall a well made feature, with plenty of nods, big and small, to the Green Lantern world for fans of the character.
Ganthet: You can't condemn an entire species.
Ranakar: You said it yourself, Ganthet. It's a wonder they've lasted this long. Maybe you'd like me to list their atrocities. Maybe our human can help us. Maybe he has a few of his own.
Hal Jordan: Listen, buddy, I didn't ask for this ring. You want it back, because I've had just enough of this crap.
Ranakar: Well, it appears we can add impertinence to their many qualities.
Hal is a great hero, Sinestro is a fantastic villain (spoiler warning!), and the animation is acceptable. The plot has holes, the twists are random, I was hoping for three stars but it didn't live up. Definitely made for kids .... that being said, I have to question the two-to-three scenes of graphic violence, since it seems like this should be their target audience based on how the movie plays out.
I feel like I'm being generous at 2 and a half, but it was at least entertaining. I doubt I'll seek out other D/C releases.
A warning though there are 2 rather grotesque scenes which may make this unsuitable for children under 14.
(Full review coming soon - with better wording probably)