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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters debate the existence of destiny/whether people make their own choices. One character makes assumptions and learns that things aren't always as they appear. Other characters argue about loyalty to your family versus the impulse to do the right thing. Most characters come out wiser from their experiences.
Positive Role Models
The Green Lantern of Earth is only a minor character in this multi-story movie, but all Green Lanterns are chosen because of their bravery -- or, more appropriately, their ability to overcome fear. Some of the characters are young recruits, and even though they're not sure what to do, they step up to the challenge. Veteran Green Lanterns are sometimes condescending to younger ones, but it's only for show. There's a strong sense of camaraderie and teamwork here.
Violence & Scariness
This is a fairly violent movie, with several fights and battles. Blades are used in battle, but blood is drawn in only one scene (and it's blue alien blood). Mostly the battles consist of Green Lantern power rings and martial arts-style punching and kicking. Some characters die, and some other, darker sequences could be somewhat frightening to younger viewers.
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The movie has fairly frequent language, including "damn" and "hell," as well as "frigging bastards," "crap," "stupid," "my God," and "son of a cur." Additionally, a made-up word, "poozers," is used quite often.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated feature film is rated PG but is consistently violent, with fights and battles throughout. Some weapons are drawn, but only some blue alien blood is seen. Most of the fights use either Green Lantern power rings or martial arts-style punching and kicking. Language includes gateway words like "damn" and "hell." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
At first, GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS suffers from too many characters and not enough character development. Even the main hero, Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern from Earth, only appears for a fraction of the entire running time. Likewise, most of the early episodes seem to be about fighting, which is violent, and -- in an effort to avoid too much gore -- repetitive.
But as the movie goes on, the individual stories become more thoughtful and entertaining; the highlight is the tale of "Bolphunga the Unrelenting" and his search for Mogo. Eventually, the stories begin to rely on simple, clever solutions rather than violent ones. Even the characters begin to emerge as comrades and partners; their teamwork becomes the focus. Working with at least eight writers, three different directors manage to instill the movie with a cohesive look and impressive style.
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