My sister and her boyfriend bought me the Green Lantern: First Flight DVD for Christmas. They could not have bought a more perfect gift. I’ve been meaning to watch it for a while now. It was one of only two gifts I opened on Christmas day (I specifically asked my family not to buy presents for me this year). My eyes lit up when I tore off the wrapping paper and saw the GL DVD. It’s rare that people can surprise me with gifts. I’m incredibly difficult to shop for and so people end up asking me what I want. Needless to say, I was completely surprised by this gift.
One night instead of watching endless reruns of Bravo shows, I decided to retire to my room and watch First Flight on my laptop. I got so wrapped up in the movie that I didn’t hear my dad come in and tap me on the shoulder to tell me that someone was on the phone for me. When he tapped me I literally jumped a few inches off my bed and screamed, “oh crap!” The movie was that engaging.
It tells the origin story of Hal Jordan as he becomes sector 2814’s green guardian. Shortly after acquiring the ring, the plot jumps right into Sinestro’s betrayal of the Guardians. It’s a great story, actively paced, and the characters are well developed. Chris Meloni voices Hal Jordan which is a good fit. Christian and I were just saying how HOT Chris Meloni is, especially when he got all naked and gay in OZ. So, it was nice to know that such a hot beefy stud was behind the animated Hal.
I appreciated Hal’s character development. He isn’t immediately accepted and has to prove himself to the other Lanterns. This is the same thing that endeared me to Kyle Rayner when he became a GL. It’s a great plot device that helps the viewers/readers identify with and relate to the character as he grapples with what it means to wield such a great responsibility.
The Sinestro story line was a perfect choice for this movie. It’s got everything you could want: Good guys vs. bad guys, an unexpected call to glory, proof of heroic character, betrayal, deceit, fall from grace, a space battle, etc.
My only worry is that because the animated movie was so good, the live action movie now has a tough act to follow. In fact, I’m concerned that the live action movie will shy away from the Sinestro story. Ryan Reynolds/Hal Jordan needs his arch nemesis to make the movie amazing. The Superman movies have failed in this way by constantly pitting the most powerful being on Earth against a human nemesis. Superman movies would be so much better if he were pitted against Doomsday or Darkseid or any number of super villains. I can only hope that the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern character gets a super villain nemesis to challenge him to discover his inner greatness.
Even if the live action movie sucks, at least DC Comics gave us GL fanboys and fangirls an exciting, action-packed animated film to enjoy.