Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 May 2016)
Brief Synopsis – After Hal Jordan is accepted into the Green Lantern Corps, he is sent on a mission in order to prove his worth as the first human member of the guardians of the galaxy.
My Take on it – As a kid, I was a big fan of DC comics and their superheroes.
One of my favorites was The Green Lantern, Hal Jordan who IMHO was one of the coolest characters because his powers were so special to me.
The idea of being able to basically create anything with just the power of the mind is so unique and being a test pilot, he was always fearless no matter the odds or situation.
This movie gives us a look at his first adventure that was used to test his ability of being part of the Green Lantern Corps despite being a ‘weak’ human.
As much as I enjoy the live action Green Lantern (2011) movie, I must admit that the visualization of his powers and of the various species depicted here comes across much better in an animated environment as opposed to a CGI filled one.
The voice cast here is excellent with Christopher Meloni, Victor Garber, Michael Madsen, Tricia Helfer, John Larroquette, Kurtwood Smith, Larry Drake, William Schallert and David Lander (Squiggy from Laverne and Shirley) breathing life into all of these characters and making the story so much more fun to watch unfold.
For those less familiar with the series, they give enough of an explanation as to who is who and what is what.
I liked the way they gloss over the origin story in order to get to the new adventure right away.
The use of both familiar and brand new characters is integrated well here giving both fans and ‘laymen’ alike an idea of the diverse and eclectic corps.
Bottom Line – Great pseudo origin story that that does an excellent job explaining the Corp and their mission in the galaxy. Liked the way they integrated both familiar and new members of the corps to the fans of the comic series. The animation really helps with the visualization of the powers of the Green Lanterns because CGI just doesn’t do it justice. Great voice cast of familiar voices helps make this even more fun. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to director Lauren Montgomery, Hal Jordan’s origin story had been previously covered in Justice League: The New Frontier (2008): “We really didn’t want to spend a whole lot of time telling that same story over again. So here, the origin story is over and done before the opening credits.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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