Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Green Lantern: First Flight -- a review

I really enjoyed this film! It's WB's first animated feature starring Green Lantern, and it did not disappoint. Yes, they changed the mythology somewhat from the original, but overall were quite true to the spirit. The origin story was just about perfect, apart from an unnecessary redesign of Abin Sur's look. Gil Kane's iconic costume design was left mostly intact, and the final battle was well done indeed! The voice acting was also right on, and pitch perfect under the direction of veteran DC character director Andrea Romano. (And since I bought it at Best Buy I also got a nifty little Green Lantern action figure!) A word of warning: it ain't for little kids. The PG-13 rating is pretty much right on, considering the level of violence and the occasional language lapse.

I hope that WB continues to produce these excellent animated adaptations of their classic stories and characters. Looks like the next one up is "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" and it also looks very, very good, with the classic characters voiced by the actors who originally did such a brilliant job as Superman, Batman and Luthor, namely Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy, and Clancy Brown, respectively.

But that's in the future. "First Flight" is out there today -- go get it!!

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