Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights - 5 out of 5

This is, without a doubt, one of the best DC animated movies I've seen since Superman: Doomsday and Batman: Gotham Knight. First off, I'm a big fan of the Green Lantern so going into this animated feature, I was already prepare for awesomeness but what was offered in the DVD was even better than expected. The film is an anthology of stories of various Lanterns narrated by Hal Jordan (voiced by Nathan Fillion). The movie has an overall story where the Corp. must team together in order to stop the evil anti-matter being called Krona (who's design was changed from the comic book but for the better!) and this tyrant is using the Lantern's planet of Oa's sun as a gateway into our world and is out to destroy all life. While setting up defenses, Lantern rookie Arisia (voiced by Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss) talks to Jordan and he tells her tales of other Lanterns like (my personal favorite) Kilowog (voiced quite well by the bad-ass Henry Rollins), the former princess; Laira, the Lantern planet Mogo and Abin Sur (voiced by the Mummy himself, Arnold Vosloo and the Lantern that Hal Jordan inherited his ring from).

The fact that the anthology focused on Lanterns other than Hal Jordan was particular interesting to me because it was able to provide a larger scope to the Lantern Corp. that most non-comic fans might not know about. But the film gets even better as the animation and character designs are terrific--even though part of the charm of Batman: Gotham Knight was the fact that the animation and designs were changed from story to story and that would have been nice to see in this film but with the great stories being showcased, this isn't even a worthwhile complaint--perhaps if the character designs were weak like in the later Marvel animated releases, this would have been a problem. And then there's the action. The scale for the action scenes are gigantic, amazingly animated and better than some live-action scenes done in movies.

Great animation, tremendous action and awesome voice acting (Roddy Piper does the voice of Bolphunga for crying out loud!), Green Lantern: Emerald Knight is another example of DC kicking ass in the direct-to-DVD animated movie department. Marvel, start taking notes.

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