Thanks to the lovely people at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, they gave me an opportunity to watch Green Lantern: Beware My Power, and it was a banger! This is the fifth film in the Tomorrowverse/Rebirth Universe, and I thought it was another great addition. Enjoy the rest of the review.
Green Lantern: Beware My Power follows John Stewart, an ex Marine sniper, and is dealing with PTSD from his time in the military. One night after one of the Guardians of the Universe crashed lands on earth, and as the Guardian passed, the Green Lantern ring chooses John Stewart. With John not knowing what’s going on and trying to figure out how to get the ring off, he’ll realize that he’s now apart of something a lot bigger. John teams up with Green Arrow, Adam Strange and Hawkgirl to help stop a galactic war before it gets worse, while also figuring out what it means to be a Green Lantern.
As a fan of John Stewart, I thought this was a good origin story for the character. Also, I liked how we got a good classic Green Lantern and Green Arrow team up with a twist, and the first interactions of John Stewart and Hawkgirl. Another thing I enjoyed was the introduction of Adam Strange in the film, which I thought worked and meshed pretty well with the story.
Now this will be going into huge spoiler territory, so just a heads up. Hal Jordan being possessed by Parallax caught me by surprise. The moment he was killing with no remorse and was wearing the gloves hiding the rings, I was already putting two and two together, but to find out he was the bad guy the whole time blew my brain. To me, I thought it was a great twist in the film. If you’re a Hal Jordan fan, I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re mixed how he was written.
Overall, a very enjoyable story, especially since I feel like we’ve been deprived of Green Lantern content.
Green Lantern: Beware My Power had a solid cast for the film.
I thought Aldis Hodge did a swell job voicing John Stewart in the film. And as someone who just always hears Phil LaMarr’s voice in my head when I read anything that involves John Stewart, Aldis Hodge didn’t disappoint one bit. I also liked Jimmi Simpson’s take on Green Arrow. Even though Green Arrow comes out somewhat dry, and I kind of have an idea why they went that direction, I didn’t hate it.
Jamie Gray Hyder, who voices Hawkgirl, just completely works. For a second I thought it was the OG voice from the old Justice League cartoon, so she killed it. Rick D. Wasserman also did a great playing Sinestro, which he did a good take on the character as well.
Lastly, we had Brian Bloom as Adam Strange. I didn’t know where they would initially go when it came to the direction of the character and how Brian would voice him, but I enjoyed it. And Nolan North plays Hal Jordan, and the best way I can describe his performance is…I mean it’s Nolan North, so what more can I say?!
Just like the other films in the Tomorrowverse, and you can read my other reviews about it, I really enjoyed the animation. I’ve said it time and time again that this is one of the best animations for a DC animated film, so I got nothing but praise. Even the action scenes and character designs were all great, well except for Hal Jordan as Parallax, I thought he could’ve been designed better.
The score for the films was nicely done. When you think of Green Lantern in media, this is what I’m expecting to hear in shows, films, or even a video game. Kudos to the choice of sound for the film because I loved it.
Green Lantern: Beware My Power is an enjoyable ride from start to finish. Good story, a solid cast, and great animation, plus I know I was into it when I didn’t check my phone because how invested I was. And, as a John Stewart fan, Green Lantern: Beware My Power does him justice.
I definitely recommend watching the movie!