Toon’s Blu-Ray Review: Green Lantern First Flight – 9/10

“I want to grow up and be just as awesome as Hal Jordan”

I am at a loss for words. Although I can’t really speak on behalf of all those unfamiliar with the DC Comics lore, for those of you that are, you will absolutely love this film. ‘Green Lantern: First Flight’ is an animated film that is a direct to Blu-Ray/DVD release, much in the same vein as ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Gotham Knight’ and ‘Justice League: New Frontier’ before it. Unlike the previous three, DC Comics has finally hit the mark with this film. This is the most fantastic and possibly iconic representation of Green Lantern on screen, and one that should take precedence as a reference in any future films. It is a science fiction epic, with great animation, spot on voice acting and an immense soundtrack. All those amazing Geoff Johns comic books finally have a voice to go with its characters, and a bad ass new Green Lantern theme song to play over and over in my head.

Hal Jordan, bad ass.

Hal Jordan, bad ass.

So, the story… The Green Lantern Corps is a collection of wise and powerful individuals from across the universe, each bestowed with a ring through which they can channel their will power in to a force. The Green Lanterns are selected and watched over by a race of immortals, known as The Guardians, who have existed since the beginning of time at the center of the universe. ‘Green Lantern: First Flight’ picks up the story of the most famous human Green Lantern, named Hal Jordan. A test fighter jet pilot, Hal is chosen as a successor to a dying alien Green Lantern, Abin Sur, who crash landed on earth with fatal wounds, and so he sent his ring to search Earth for the most suitable candidate. Jordan, a man without fear takes the ring in his stride and is soon confronted by a number of alien Lanterns who question the circumstance of Abin Sur’s death and why the ring chose him. The Guardians also question the ability and nature of humans, and their lack of will power to sufficiently control the ring.  Sinestro, a very powerful Green Lantern sees potential in Jordan and offers to take him under his wing, to “see what he is made of”. Soon enough, Jordan shows immense talent in handling the ring, eventually crossing over the bounds Sinestro has set for him. Fearing his greater plot might be unveiled, Sinestro begins to assemble the pieces he needs to execute his sinister plan, whilst tarnishing Jordan’s reputation and stripping him of his ring. Can Jordan convince the other Lanterns of his innocence in time? Before Sinestro’s evil intentions come to light and destroy the Green Lantern Corps? Watch and find out! 😐

In brightest day, in blackest night!

In brightest day, in blackest night!

It’s silly, but it’s smart, it’s elemental and it is damn cool. ‘Green Lantern’ is just a greatly made science fiction action film. It’s well voiced, nicely animated and well scripted for the most part as well all though many of the story points are glossed over very quickly. At this point, being familiar with the story of ‘Green Lantern’ and the characters would allow you to fill in the gaps, however for unbeknownst eyes this may be slightly harder to swallow. Either case, it’s a great adventure film that has some great action and well used violence, something to please the adults sort-of-thing but not enough to detract children from loving it too. And the soundtrack is just epic! Finally, Hal Jordan has his own theme to go toe-to-toe with Batman’s and Superman’s.

The Green Lantern Corps

The Green Lantern Corps

I may have said too much about this film, but plainly said I had a fantastic time watching it. I got goosebumps-of-awesomeness during the epic battle at the end of the film, I haven’t had those in… ever. Maybe it’s because Green Lantern is my favourite hero, if that applies to you then don’t hesitate in picking this up on Blu-Ray right away. If you’re not a big fan, but still are in to the whole sci-fi mojo then I still highly recommend it, many of my colleagues enjoyed this film. And well if you’re too cool for cartoons and super heroes and are all too serious and mature and shit for this shit, then go f*** yourself 😐

I’m kidding, its a great film and I’m sure theres something in there that everyone can enjoy. Can’t wait to see it again.

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5 Responses to “Toon’s Blu-Ray Review: Green Lantern First Flight – 9/10”

  1. Cello Says:

    nice review! This film looks awesome, and any movie where you can’t wait for a repeat viewing means that it must be a quality flick. I’ll check it out!

    • toonstar Says:

      Thanks! It’s well worth your time, a surprisingly good film.

  2. highfivecomics Says:

    Man. We did not feel the same way at alllll.

    • toonstar Says:

      Really? Why though? I was happy to see generally positive reviews around town, and as a big appreciator of the Hal Jordan GL, I enjoyed seeing him come to life in a some-what bad-ass manner.

  3. Fortress Guy Says:

    Great animation? yes. Great story? No.

    It was not Burnett’s finest writing achievement. Despite the stellar voice cast, it was disappointing.

    Here is our take on it with lots of pics and a few bits if wit if you are interested:

    http://fortresstakes.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/green-lantern-first-flight-2009/


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