Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
is a film that will not come without controversy. The film will be loved and hated, but I would argue it's hard not to love.
As with most J.J. Abrams movies, it is nothing groundbreaking in terms of storytelling -- the film is very plot-driven, with characters constantly racing from one "make or break" scenario to the next. They are constantly running from an enemy in the First Order from one dire mission to the next. There is very little time for the characters to just exist, to talk to one another about something other than the plot, or for the sake of character building.
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After the epic cliffhanger of The Force Awakens
, eager anticipation has been building the past few years to see a continuation of the story. Fan theories abounded about Rey’s parentage, what her vision meant, and what Luke had been doing on the island of Ahch-to. What was Luke going to say? Did he turn to the Dark Side? Is he a grey Jedi? All of these questions have answers in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
. But do they really matter? In the end, it’s the story, the characters, and the overall storytelling that we should care about.
Thankfully, Star Wars: The Last Jedi excels at all of that. The story...
I, like many Millennials, was not alive in 1977. I grew up in the age of Star Wars
, the age of the big blockbuster film that left everyone leaving the theater feeling generally happy, positive, and optimistic. Escapism isn’t new to Hollywood. It is Hollywood. During The Great Depression, people flocked to the theater to escape their awful, poverty-stricken life. Somewhere along the line, though, when the depression had long been over, auteurs like William Friedkin and Francis Ford Coppola made extremely nihilistic and existential films, forcing people to face the mirror. This era of cinema called The New Hollywood movement, many believe, met its decisive end with Star Wars
The new year has arrived which means plenty of movies to look forward to in the coming weeks and months ahead.
While there may only be a few movies I'm looking forward to in the summer months, it feels like a lot more can be said for winter, spring and fall. Of course, surprise movies tend to pop up in the middle of the year, but as for now, these are my most anticipated movies of 2017.
After only a year later of coming off the high of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Gareth Edwards’ (Godzilla, Monsters) Rogue One faces the task of living up to both the original trilogy and The Force Awakens. A standalone film set in-between the prequels and the original trilogy, Rogue One is a unique project that...
When I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens
at an early Tuesday screening, I was overcome with a rush of emotions when the first note of the John Williams score erupted to open the iconic yellow Star Wars scroll. I couldn't believe I was watching another Star Wars movie -- I can still remember forever ago when the announcement of a new chapter broke -- and here I was, actually watching Episode 7. I promise this review will not contain any plot details or spoilers about the film -- I'm not that
The past couple of days have been pretty "tough" for me not being able to...
We still have a ways to go until we see JJ Abrams bring us back to the world of Star Wars (hopefully lens flare free, though unlikely). We do, however, have something to satisfy our sci-fi thirst: the power of 'The Force.'
Okay, before you jump for joy and risk colliding with a low ceiling, or ceiling fan, let's take a step back. It's not the actual 'Force' so, no, you are not going to be able to go all Darth Vader on your boss because he won't let you take vacation time. This 'Force' comes in the ...
Disney is definitely milking their acquisition of the Star Wars
franchise for all its got. Not only is a sequel trilogy promised (and in the works) but now they are planning to make 'spin-off
' movies to be released in the intravenous years. Starting 2015, we will get one Star Wars
movie each year for however many years its going to take. While I should love this news, there are many things about the production...
Movie Tie-in game time... again
! There are a lot of Star Wars
games out there. I mean, the movies have been around since 1977. Surely in all those decades a video game or two have been made? Yeah, plenty more than two
But I don't want to go over all of them, especially since many of...!--more-->