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STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II: One With The Force

A while back, I did a follow-up post to my review of Spider-Man on PS4, once I finally earned the Platinum Trophy. On that ‘Being Greater’ post, one of the comments by KissTheMovies stated how ‘more games should have a follow up like this’.

Well, after a lot of toiling away, I’ve managed to get that Platinum Trophy on Star Wars Battlefront II, so I’m going to talk a little bit more about the experience of ‘completing’ the game.

Unlike Spider-Man, getting that Platinum Trophy on Battlefront II was not an easy task. Not because the tasks were especially hard, but just because they were time-consuming.

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Posted by on February 23, 2019 in What's Going On?

 

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER | DVD Review

RELEASED: July 22nd 2011
DIRECTED BY: Joe Johnston
WRITTEN BY: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
PRODUCED BY: Kevin Feige
MUSIC BY: Alan Silvestri
STARRING: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci & Hugo Weaving

Although this film garnered good reviews at release, as of late, it has become severly underrated. When people talk about the best Marvel movies, things like Iron ManThe Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy are thrown about, but truth is, for the most part, Captain America: The First Avenger is also a pretty great film.

The story follows Steven Rogers, a young man from Brooklyn desperate to do his bit for the war effort, but constantly rejected due to his weak, fragile form. Picked as a candidate for the SSR’s Super-Soldier Program, Rogers is transformed into Captain America. But even with his new empowered body, Rogers is still doubted by her peers and sets out by himself to prove why he has what it takes to be the world’s greatest hero and bring down his Nazi (/Hydra) antithesis, the Red Skull.

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Posted by on January 29, 2018 in MARVEL, Marvel Studios

 

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ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY | Blu-Ray Review

RELEASED: December 16th 2016
DIRECTED BY: Gareth Edwards
WRITTEN BY: Tony Gilroy, John Knoll, Chris Weitz & Gary Whitta
PRODUCED BY: Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur & Simon Emanuel
MUSIC BY: Michael Giacchino
STARRING: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, Genevieve O’Reilly, James Earl Jones, Guy Henry & Jimmy Smits

Much like Revenge of the Sith and later, The Force Awakens, had unenviable expectations set against them, so too did Rogue One. However, instead of starting or ending a trilogy like the aforementioned films, Rogue One instead had to show audiences what a Star Wars spin-off film could be like. If it had failed, it could have thrown Lucasfilm and Disney’s future plans into disarray. And if you were following the news on the film’s production, you may have expected that the film was indeed going to fail. The end of production was riddled with issues, with word being that writer Tony Gilroy was brought in to re-shoot a large part of the film.

The edits and reshoots are definitely evident when it comes to watching the final film, not because it’s choppy or anything, but because the content in the marketing material and the actual film differs at numerous points.

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It’s that fact that holds the film back from greatness. Instead of a longer run time or perhaps numerous films to set up these characters, we’re instead given one film that jumps around a lot at the start and fails to hit some of the more emotional beats because they’ve been cut or reshot, and thus feel undeserved.

That isn’t to say Rogue One is a bad film. Production issues aside, it’s pretty fantastic. It has its own unique feel that makes it a different experience to the Saga films, and tackles some more serious and important issues; such as the fact that not all Rebels are heroes – as a rebellion, the side we’ve always rooted for is filled with just as many mercenaries, murderers and terrorists as the Empire; it’s just that the Saga films have never shown us (aside from Luke and Lando blowing up the two Death Stars, but that’s a discussion for another day).

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Posted by on December 11, 2017 in Star Wars

 

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