DCUA 10th Anniversary Review – Green Lantern: First Flight

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[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Directed By: Lauren Montgomery

Written By: Alan Burnett

Starring: Christopher Meloni, Victor Garber, Tricia Helfer, Michael Madson, John Larroquette and Kurtwood Smith

Original Release Date: July 28, 2009

 

Summary

Test pilot Hal Jordan is given a green ring from a dying alien that crashed on Earth. The ring he’s given is the most powerful weapon in the universe created by a race of beings known as the Guardians of the Universe. With the ring Jordan becomes a member of the Guardians intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. Skeptical of Jordan since he is the first human to ever wield the ring, the Guardians put their premiere corps member, Sinestro in charge of Jordan’s training. Jordan quickly realizes Sinestro actually hates the Guardians and has an agenda all his own to take power from them. Sinestro’s lust for power is realized when he finds a new power source that may be more powerful than even the green rings of the Guardians. Jordan soon finds himself to be the last line of defense between Sinestro and his fascist reign over the universe.

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Positives

First Flight is action-packed from beginning to end. They spend very little time getting through the origin of Green Lantern and get right into what makes Green Lantern great: his intergalactic adventures. Sinestro proves to be one of the more complex and interesting villains in the DC Universe. The scope of his plan and what he is willing to do to achieve his goals isn’t clear until a powerful scene where the green rings of dead Green Lantern Corps members comes raining down on the Guardians. It also has appearances of many fan-favorite Green Lantern Corps members including Kilowog, Tomar Re and even Ch’p.

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Negatives

There is very little, if any, character development with the characters, particularly the Hal Jordan. As interesting a character he is in the comic books, he unfortunately feels two dimensional in this movie. Sinestro is the only character that appears to have any depth. Even though Abin Sur is only in the film briefly, the changes they made to him seem pointless and I can’t help but ask why approached that character in such a way.

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Verdict

Green Lantern: First Flight has its flaws, but overall is a fun, action-packed movie worth checking out. Sinestro is a great antagonist and the showdown between him and Hal is worth watching the movie for alone.

 

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Cameron Tevis

Hi, I'm Cameron Tevis and I've been a comic book, anime and film fan my entire life. While I like Marvel and anime my true love is DC Comics. My father, who was a fan himself, introduced me at a very young age to the amazing characters in DC (especially Hal Jordan Green Lantern). I think it's a fantastic time to be a comic book fan and I'm happy I get to write about the company that I love so much. Besides being a DC fan, I am a designer and I recently started a comic book series of my own called Event Cycle 6 published through Aporian Comics. I recently wrote and directed a short film "The Misadventures of Harley Quinn". And most importantly I am now a father to my beautiful daughter Arya Jade!