Review | Green Lantern: Beware My Power
“Green Lantern Beware My Power is an absolute disaster from a messy story to badly written characters and a disappointing animation style. Nothing can save this movie.”
DC Comics has released its latest animated movie. This time we are moving away from the usual Batman or Justice League movies to focus on Green Lantern, specifically John Stewart. This new entry is part of the Tomorrowverse that started in 2020 with Superman: Man Of Tomorrow. So, is this new movie worth watching?
I love John Stewart so I was looking forward to this new movie. Plus, I have been satisfied with the stories of the Tomorrowverse so far. However, I cannot say Green Lantern is up to the task. It is a disappointment. I never got transported by the story. Indeed, it always stays on the surface without trying to delve into its themes or characters.
John Stewart has PTSD. So this is definitely something interesting to explore. But the movie never does that. It shows John almost killing some people. Then, all of a sudden he changes, and his PTSD is gone. This level of bad writing is insulting to the viewers. Do the writers even care about the characters they are writing about? The main character is like this but the other characters are no better. They are surely present but none seem to have an actual personality. It gives the impression they were written by robots.
Moreover, this story contains several plot twists concerning some characters. The plot twists are just there to be twists and nothing more. So it just falls flat and it is never surprising nor shocking. The overall story is just messy. I am starting to believe the Green Lantern franchise is cursed on screen. It is the 2011 movie all over again.
Just like every movie of the Tomorrowverse, Green Lantern shares the same animation style. Unfortunately, this is not a good style. It feels too cheap compared to the style used for DC’s previous animated universe. And you can feel it when it comes to big action sequences. But the character designs are even worse. They are stiff and emotionless. Moreover, there are several moments when the characters just look into the void without talking. And this feels way too awkward.
I am so disappointed because the previous animated universe had a pretty decent animation style. So this feels like a downgrade … and a big one. If the Tomorrowverse aims to use the same style the whole time, this is going to become quite boring to watch.
Maybe, the only redeeming quality of this movie is its score. Kevin Riepl delivers a satisfying and dynamic score that feels like it belongs to the superhero genre.
Green Lantern Beware My Power is an absolute disaster from a messy story to badly written characters and a disappointing animation style. Nothing can save this movie.
Green Lantern Beware My Power is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K.
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