A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Evil never wins, and though sometimes it seems like all is lost, teamwork, courage, and loyalty will always prevail.
Positive Role Models
The villain Sinestro comes across as something of a fascist, convinced that only he has the wisdom and power to rule the universe, but the courageous and loyal Green Lantern Corps refuses to yield to his dastardly scheme.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of animated action, all typical for a superhero series. What is not typical is the villain, Sinestro, who is willing to use force and intimidation when questioning people, tortures suspects, and even murders people who get in the way of his nefarious schemes. Though there’s little graphic blood or gore, some of the sequences showing his casual violence are a bit darker than the average comic book fare.
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Mild swearing, including “ass,” “bastard” and “hell.”
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Products & Purchases
Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One scene takes place in an intergalactic bar, though it’s not exactly clear what the patrons are drinking. Sinestro also seems to be using a strong drug to question someone, forcing her to take much more than the average dose, causing her obvious pain.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated film is a bit darker than most superhero cartoons. The villain, Sinestro, uses violence to intimidate people, tortures suspects, and isn't above murdering his allies if they no longer fit into his plans. This casual brutality and menace makes him seem a shade more evil and more intense than most bad guys as he plots to rule the universe. There's some minor swearing and even a scene that seems to involve an alien drug, so the film is probably a bit too much for younger viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT is an entertaining superhero yarn that manages to combine both the necessary secret-origin tale with a surprisingly complex story. Hal Jordan, the newest Green Lantern and the first Earthman ever recruited to the Corps, is fun to watch as he quickly figures out how to use his ring and learns his way around the galaxy. A key part of the story is Jordan's gradual realization that his new partner Sinestro is plotting to overthrow the Guardians and install himself as ruler of the universe.
Sinestro is what sets this film apart from the standard superhero flick. Yes, he seeks ultimate power, but his motivations are more nuanced than the average super-villain; he thinks the Guardians have gone soft, and the universe needs a firmer hand that only he can provide. But as Jordan observes, Sinestro's budding megalomania manifests itself while on the job as a Lantern, when he is eager to abuse his authority to wring information from a reluctant witness or even torture a suspect. The unusually dark Sinestro makes the film richer and more mature, and but is too much for younger kids.
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