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Movie Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega

Directed by: J.J. Abrams
SPOILERS

After all the hub-bub, The Rise of Skywalker has arrived, and the Skywalker Saga is at an end. Of course, the Disney machine won’t REALLY let this be the end, but for now, it is, and what an end it is. Chock full of more revelations, more characters, more lightsaber battles, and more droids and weird aliens, The Rise of Skywalker honestly feels less like a closing to the saga and more like another chapter, right until the halfway mark, where the film suddenly remembers to wrap everything up. In short, it’s a movie that feels like a pretty good ending to the sequel trilogy, an okay ending to the saga as a whole, and a movie that attempts to appease everyone and no one at the same time. And after the thrill ride fun of The Force Awakens and the daring and polarizing risks of The Last Jedi, it comes up a little short. Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: The Mandalorian!

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The Return of the Mandalorian

the-mandalorian-700x553After a long wait, we finally have some details on John Favreau’s Star Wars show. Titled The Mandalorian, the show will focus on a “lone gunslinger type” navigating the Star Wars universe after the fall of the Empire. It sounds like a really cool idea for a show, and also just the kind of thing to pique my interest enough to subscribe to another streaming service. Read the rest of this entry

Solo Flies Low

Han+solo+movie+review+i+enjoyed+this+movie+surprisingly+enoughit_28954a_6625636Despite making over $100 million in its opening weekend, Solo: A Star Wars story is a disappointment for Lucasfilm and Disney. The film was tracking for a debut weekend in the $150 million range, but the writing was on the wall as soon as the Thursday night preview totals were tallied up, and it ended up with Solo earning the title of the lowest grossing Star Wars film so far, with a second weekend drop that’s one of the steepest in movie history. Certainly a lot of factors are at play here, from franchise fatigue, bad early buzz, and the recasting of a beloved character for the first time in thirty years. But to be honest, I don’t think any of those are a factor for Solo‘s under perfromance, or at least, not wholly responsible. I think it’s honestly a combination of a little bit of all of those factors, with the biggest one being the fact that Solo was in a tough spot already as the third “big blockbuster of the season”. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story!

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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany

Directed By: Ron Howard

MINOR SPOILERS

With Lucasfilm and Disney pumping out new Star Wars movies every year, we were bound to get one that wouldn’t be met with a ton of pre-release hype. The early behind the scenes buzz around Solo: A Star Wars story hasn’t been great, with original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller getting the boot and Ron Howard being brought in to help finish the project, so it would be understandable to think that Solo would be the first of the Star Wars “sidequels” to truly bomb in the narrative department. But surprisingly, the end result is still a pretty good time at the movies. Read the rest of this entry

Great, Kid! Don’t Get Cocky!

solo-poster-han-1080478For better or worse, the Solo trailer has arrived, and while it doesn’t exactly soothe my worries about the film, I’ll admit that there is some pretty neat stuff in the first look at the latest “Star Wars story”. But there’s still something that feels a little off, and I think I know what that is: Han Solo. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

MOVIE REVIEW!!

the_last_jedi_imax_posterStar Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher

Directed By: Rian Johnson

MINOR SPOILERS

The wait for the next “Saga Movie” in the newly reinstated Star Wars franchise has been a long one, full of Rey “Mary Sue” debates, Snoke theories, and complaints about why Luke was only seen in the last few minutes of The Force Awakens. Well, the wait is finally over, and one thing is definitely for certain, nothing will ever be the same now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has hit theaters. Director Rian Johnson delivers a movie that’s not only a satisfying installment in the franchise, but one that leaves it in a place that makes me genuinely curious and excited to see what comes next. Read the rest of this entry

A Great Disturbance In The Force

star-wars-9-colin-trevorrow-825461The latest hit against Lucasfilm came last week: Colin Treverrow will no longer be directing Star Wars Episode IX. While this news comes as a welcome sign for Star Wars fans that weren’t fans of Jurassic World (a film that, for the record, I thought was pretty fun), it puts a weird light on Lucasfilm, especially after the whole Han Solo debacle with Phil Lord and Chris Miller. With a studio that has as much pull as Lucasfilm, how is it that they are so bad at working with directors? Read the rest of this entry

The Last Jedi

star-wars-the-last-jedi1-700x346After months of speculation, those sly dogs over at Lucasfilm released a major update on Star Wars Episode 8 this week. No, it wasn’t a trailer, but it was something just as important. The title.

The Last Jedi. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

rogueone_onesheeta_1000_309ed8f6Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendehlson, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed

Directed By: Gareth Edwards

MILD SPOILERS

More so than The Force Awakens, Rogue One needs to succeed. As the first of the anthology Star Wars films, there’s a lot at stake for the future of the franchise riding on the shoulders of director Gareth Edwards’ film. If it fails, we’d still get Star Wars movies, but ones that would strictly be within the “saga”, which would be a waste for a franchise so rich with potential. As much as I love Star Wars, I don’t want to be watching adventures of Finn and Rey in “Episode 19”. With Rogue One, the possibilities exist for the franchise to continue on outside of the Skywalker family and those around them, and Rogue One is a pretty damn good start for this area of the franchise. Read the rest of this entry