Directed by – Lauren Montgomery
Written by – Alan Burnett
Starring – Christopher Meloni, Victor Garber, Tricia Helfer, Michael Madsen, John Larroquette, Kurtwood Smith, William Schallert, Larry Drake, Olivia d’Abo, Juliet Landau, David L. Lander, Rob Paulsen
Another great addition to the DC animated lineup. This one was a little more kid friendly than their previous flick, Wonder Woman, but just as exciting and fun. I’m kind of on the fence with Green Lantern. He’s kinda cool but I’ve never really been into the character that much. This movie is really well done though and it was fun to watch the Green Lantern be ‘born’.
The other interesting part is watching how Sinestro goes from being a member of the Green Lantern Corps to one of the biggest villains in the Green Lantern mythology. I’m not sure how closely it follows the comic storyline but it’s a satisfying plotline.
One part of the mythology that I’ve always found silly is how the one thing that works against the Green Lanterns power is yellow. When it’s explained in the film it actually makes it a little less ridiculous. The Green Lanterns get their power from a large green crystal element. It’s opposing force is a yellow crystal element that they have hidden away. When placed in a generator, which is basically the shape of a lantern (who’d have thunk it!), it can power rings which allow the bearer to manipulate their thoughts into form.
That’s one of the fun things to watch about the movie. When faced by some rather odd looking bug aliens, Hal Jordan squashes them with a large, green fly swatter. It’s comical and entertaining to see the ideas they come up with to dispose of the bad guys. And dispose of them they do. This isn’t your typical Saturday morning cartoon. People do get killed which may be upsetting for some younger viewers. It’s not bloody and in your face but it’s there. It didn’t bother my son and he’s still a little bit of a chicken when it comes to stuff like that so it probably wouldn’t bother anyone else, other than some parents who may not be as forgiving as I am on my kids.
These are great films that DC is producing and putting out there and they are much better done than the Marvel series. They’re adult enough for the big kids and fun enough for the little ones. They’ve struck a perfect middle ground and I can’t wait to see what’s up next.
Under the marquee – Will