Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011)
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Critic Reviews for Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
One thing is for sure, with Marvel dominating the cinemas, it's a surefire bet DC has them on the ropes when it comes to animated fare, and that counts for something.
Eventually, the stories begin to rely on simple, clever solutions rather than violent ones.
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Doesn't have a unified plot, but tells a handful of mini-stories very well.
It achieves its appointed task of deepening the Green Lantern universe for a wider audience, and conjures some satisfying moments in the process.
Audience Reviews for Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
Good animation and decent vocal chops aid in the competent telling of several short stories all revolving around members of the intergalactic police force known in the DC pantheon as the Green Lantern Corp. It's less of an introduction and more of a catch up/put you up to speed. The flaw in this superhero's development remains though, and that is: just what are the limits of his powers? How is it that after all these years no one has blueprinted this character? It would certainly improve his accessibility.
Witness the Color of Will. Quite good! Emerald Knights digs a little deeper and showcases the differences between the various Green Lanterns themselves. Like the artistic renditions, the stories of how Green Lanterns find their own path to greatness are unique and well executed. In all, there are five tales recounted to a rookie member of the Green Lantern Corps as war stories while the collective group prepares to face their greatest challenge; the transition from the current story to the flashback tales can come off as a little forced, but the content is of high enough quality that you will forgive the obvious method of delivery. That said, the animation is crisp and smooth with beautiful colors and detailed backgrounds, and the music is exciting and gives plenty of emotional weight. The writing is sharp, clever and thoughtful, the stories while episodic are told with clarity and heart and all the characters are engaging and have great personalities. The voice acting is very strong too. Go see this great animated movie! As the home planet of the Green Lantern Corps faces a battle with an ancient enemy, Hal Jordan prepares new recruit Arisia for the coming conflict by relating stories of the first Green Lantern and several of Hal's comrades.
I really love how this expands the GL lore with short stories from multiple characters within the Corps. Top that off with some of the BEST animation and character designs I've seen from a non-Asian production... you've got yourself quite the winner. I came into this with a lot of skepticism as I've never appreciated the title character but the lore presented here really fleshes out the concept with a lot of credible ideas. I just wish it wasn't loosely strung into one film. Almost cheapens the experience of the short stories along the way.
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