Green Lantern: First Flight doesn’t waste a lot of time on the origin and heads straight to the action. Within the first four minutes of the film the dying extra-terrestrial Abin Sur crash lands and bestows his power ring onto dashing test pilot Hal Jordan, and Hal then becomes the Green Lantern of Sector 2814. There’s barely time to acknowledge Carol Ferris and her Ferris Air company before the new Lantern is whisked away to a hellacious deep space adventure. Sadly I find this development very hard to buy into, as we don’t see Hal being the recipient of the ring’s workings–no definitions of will power and imagination are explored, I found it hard to believe that a rookie green lantern would be more adept with the ring.
The encounters between Appa’s gang of bug-aliens and Hal were very entertaining. The animation is fluid and nicely executed, the style of the art is similar to other Warner bros. animated features. Overall, though, we have a winner and it’s probably the best of the current series of DC animated films. It’s easy to wonder why some of the other DC characters haven’t been exploited like this, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time. The film is just rife with the type of action and quality that we’ve come to expect in a Warner Premiere production.
This movie caught me off guard as I thought this was going to be an typical kiddie cartoon. One reviewer said that only Michael Bay fans would like it. Well, I am a Michael Bay fan. I like explosions, chase scenes and lots of good ol’ fashioned action. While the story is not exactly in line with the comic origin of Hal as Green Lantern, this movie does go far to show why he was regarded as the greatest Lantern ever.
Green Lantern and Wonder Woman are starting to establish a trend of improved quality after the total disappointment that was JL: The New Frontier. If I were more pretentious or a hard-line purist I might not be as forgiving. But watching this fantastic film, even one with such a surprising shortcoming, left me feeling very satisfied. If you’re a fan of the story, you might be upset by the short cuts. But this wasn’t a roadblock for me personally. Animation, design, and musical score is unlike anything you’ve seen before in DC movies. I wouldn’t be surprised if Batman and Superman fans switch to Green Lantern as their favorite super hero after watching this movie. Thumbs way up.