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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI | Film Review

So this is it! We’ve looked through all eight of the previous films in the Star Wars saga and finally arrived at the much anticipated Last Jedi. Hope you’ve enjoyed the journey and like the following review!

RELEASED: December 15th 2017
DIRECTED BY: Rian Johnson
WRITTEN BY: Rian Johnson
PRODUCED BY: Ram Bergman & Kathleen Kennedy
MUSIC BY: John Williams
STARRING: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Kelly Marie Tran, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Laura Dern & Benicio del Toro

Compared to The Force Awakens, this film is phenomenal. Compared to most Star Wars films, this film is phenomenal. Is it one of the best Star Wars films ever? Maybe. It’s definitely one of the most original (and that’s what I’m all about).

The story is one of survival. Fresh off the heels of destroying Starkiller Base, the Resistance is forced into a hasty retreat as the fleets of the First Order find them. As Poe and Leia clash about the best way to survive, Finn and newcomer Rose hatch a plan to keep the First Order off their trail, while Rey ventures to the faraway Ahch-To to confront former Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, learn the ways of the Force and recruit him to the Resistance’s plight.

So yeah, there’s a lot going on.

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Posted by on December 14, 2017 in Star Wars

 

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS | DVD Review

A recent trend I’ve noticed is that a lot of Star Wars fans have been turning against The Force Awakens, and in response, a lot of others who are still loyal to the film have dubbed them as toxic, with both sides seemingly oblivious to the fact that it’s the rivalry itself that is truly toxic. I only preface my review with this because my opinion, if anything, has got more positive over time, however, it’s still not the gleaming beacon of praise that some expect the response to The Force Awakens to be.

I wasn’t a big fan of the film two years ago, and I’m still not a big fan of the film now. I’m not ‘following a trend’, ‘trying to be cool’ or being critical for the sake of being critical. It’s just my opinion, as is everything on this blog. That’s how all film reviews work. You just need to find a critic whose opinions are in line with your own and follow them.

(I was going to link to my original review here to prove my point, but it looks like I either removed it or it’s on my other blog, which is currently offline, when it comes back, I’ll link to it here).

HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean I’m not inviting discussion. If you want to comment and debate this or any other films I review, please do! Just don’t label me a ‘hater’ because I don’t think The Force Awakens is the best film since Empire.

RELEASED: December 18th 2015
DIRECTED BY: J.J. Abrams
WRITTEN BY: J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan & Michael Arndt
PRODUCED BY: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk & Kathleen Kennedy
MUSIC BY: John Williams
STARRING: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o & Max von Sydow

I’ve said this many times before, and I’ll say this many times again, but I have never been more excited for any movie (and probably never will again) than I was for The Force Awakens. The promotional campaign was splendidly done, building up anticipation for over a whole year! Each trailer made me feel like my inner child had reawoken, and filled me with love and nostalgia for the franchise that always held a special place in my heart.

And that is how The Force Awakens gets you.

Saying that, it didn’t (and still hasn’t) got me.

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The film is set thirty years after the end of Return of the Jedi. Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi, has gone missing, and in his absence the Empire has been reformed as the First Order. Opposing them is General Leia Organa’s Resistance, who have the backing of the New Republic. But when the Resistance learns of a map to Skywalker, the two factions come to a head, and young scavenger Rey, rogue stormtrooper Finn and loveable veteran Han Solo are caught in the middle.

The main issue I take with this film is that, as a story, it’s fundamentally lacking. In an effort to wipe away the bad taste the prequels left in everyone’s mouths, Disney pushed out a film that is like a ‘greatest hits’ compilation of the Original Trilogy. It gives you everything it knows you love, resetting characters to their original roles, and essentially, re-instigating the age old conflict between the Rebellion Resistance and the Empire First Order.

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Posted by on December 4, 2017 in Star Wars

 

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RETURN OF THE JEDI | DVD Review

RELEASED: December 25th 1977
DIRECTED BY: Richard Marquand
WRITTEN BY: George Lucas & Lawrence Kasdan
PRODUCED BY: Howard Kazanjin
MUSIC BY: John Williams
STARRING: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, Sebastian Shaw, James Earl Jones, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Jeremy Bulloch, Temeura Morrison, Frank Oz & Warwick Davis

As I mentioned in my review of the original Star Wars, my favourite of the bunch often changes depending on a number of factors. Usually, however, it’s Return of the Jedi. Despite that, having watched the majority of the films in close proximity to one another, and in my attempt to be unbiased, there are numerous flaws I’d like to discuss about my ‘favourite’ Star Wars movie.

Return of the Sith

The film picks up shortly after the events of Empire, with Luke, Leia, Lando, Chewie, R2 and C-3PO infiltrating Jabba’s palace so they can stage a daring rescue attempt and save their friend Han Solo. With the gang reunited, Luke must finish his Jedi training, and the Rebel Alliance must unite one final time to destroy Darth Vader and the Emperor, who have gathered aboard a new, second Death Star.

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Posted by on November 6, 2017 in Star Wars

 

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THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK | DVD Review

RELEASED: May 21st 1980
DIRECTED BY: Irvin Kershner
WRITTEN BY: George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan & Leigh Brackett
PRODUCED BY: Gary Kurtz
MUSIC BY: John Williams
STARRING: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Ian McDiarmid, Jeremy Bulloch, Temuera Morrison & Frank Oz

I had nothing but praise for the original Star Wars, and to be honest, the same is pretty much true of it’s sequel, The Empire Strikes Back.

While Star Wars was a great foundation, Empire ups the stakes even more, pushing characters through the ringer to get to their natural destination.

The story sees the Rebels on the run, as the Empire goes on the offensive following the destruction of the Death Star. After escaping an assault on their secret base on the planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker seeks out to find Jedi Master Yoda to learn the ways of the Force, while Han, Leia and the rest of the gang flee across the Galaxy, closely pursued by Darth Vader, who has vile plans for Skywalker and his friends.

Empire Duel

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Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Star Wars

 

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STAR WARS | DVD Review

RELEASED: May 25th 1977
DIRECTED BY: George Lucas
WRITTEN BY: George Lucas
PRODUCED BY: Gary Kurtz
MUSIC BY: John Williams
STARRING: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, David Prowse & James Earl Jones

When people ask me how I would rank the Star Wars films, my answer often changes depending on my mood or which films I’ve watched recently. At the time of writing, Star Wars (also known as Episode IV – A New Hope) is definitely up near the top. The promotional material definitely doesn’t lie; Star Wars definitely is ‘the most extraordinary motion picture of all time’ (or one of them, at least), and it’s mind-boggling to think it was written and directed by the same man who brought us The Phantom MenaceAttack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. It’s a whole different level of film-making.

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Posted by on October 23, 2017 in Star Wars

 

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