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Green Lantern: Beware My Power

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Superhero origin story has violence, some language.

Movie PG-13 2022 88 minutes
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Here's yet another origin story that's overwhelming in its needless complexity. Green Lantern: Beware My Power starts off simple enough: A former soldier has reluctantly become the newest member of the Green Lantern Corps. After that, much of the story is inaccessible if you're not a DCU superfan, and even then, the balance between lengthy backstory monologues and superhero/supervillain battles royale is out of whack, and by the time we get to the "plot twist," it shouldn't surprise anyone, although some superfans are likely to get miffed.

In terms of positives, this movie is part of a larger trend toward greater diversity in superheroes. However, this aspect is overshadowed by the fact that this is just another origin story -- and it's starting to feel like the writers and studio are unable or unwilling to come up with anything besides either origin stories or alternate universes where familiar characters are in unfamiliar roles (Clark Kent as an Orlando Magic power forward instead of a newspaperman, Bruce Wayne as a Parisian during the French Revolution, etc.). It's becoming tiresome, and if this movie is any indication, it's past time for the DCU to deliver something new.

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