Green Lantern: First Flight (2009)


Come on! Get green!

— Hal Jordan

Ever since Spider-Man came out, everybody has been superhero crazy. Upon hearing the news that Ryan Reynolds was going to play The Green Lantern, there is the straight to DVD animated feature called Green Lantern: First Flight. Knowing the jest of Hal Jordan’s storyline, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.

This is the origin story of how fighter pilot Hal Jordan (Christopher Meloni) received his Green Lantern ring. A spaceship crash lands and a dying alien, Abin Sur (Richard McGonagle) summons Hal to be his successor.

After Abin Sur dies, a group of Green Lantern escorts comes to take him back to Oa. That is where the Guardians, the creators of the Green Lanterns are.

Hal meets the senior member of the group, Sinestro (Victor Garber) with Boodikka (Tricia Helfer), Tomar Re (John Larroquette) and Kilowog (Michael Madsen).

On Oa, the Guardians question the choice to have Hal Jordan be the newest member of the elite force. Sisentro volunteers himself to mentor Hal and teach him the ropes of being a Green Lantern.

Behind the scenes, trouble is brewing when Sinestro wants the Green Lantern force to go in a different direction. He wants to seek any means of trying to restore order to the universe. He joins forces with a powerful warlord, Kanjar Ro (Kurtwood Smith), who holds the one source that could destroy the Green Lanterns, the yellow element.

I am not much of a comic book fanboy like my older brother was, but I got the jest of the origin from researching it. I cannot wait to see the live action feature in 2011.

I had a problem with the beginning of the movie. It felt like Hal became Green Lantern too fast. In less than three minutes, he’s going to Oa.

Judgment: If you want to experience a taste of Green Lantern, I would highly recommend this movie.

Rating: ****


About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on September 8, 2009, in 2009, Action, Animated, Fantasy, Sci Fi and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. The “origin” part of this origin story lasted about 14 seconds. 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:

    • Maybe because I am not familiar with the origin of Green Lantern that I gave it a higher rating.

      • I can understand that. But just considering it in regards to story, this was his first time donning the ring. It just seemed rushed for something that was no better, and maybe worse.

        Did my take entertain you?

      • It did entertain me. You did bring up some valid points. I guess, the casual viewer in me enjoyed the film and glossed over the rushed elements in the beginning or mechanics of being a Green Lantern.

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