A Star Wars movie isn’t like any other movie – at least not for me, which is why it took me a few months to get my thoughts together. By the time I was just 3 years old, Return of the Jedi had come and gone and the Star Wars franchise was cemented into our popular culture in a way we wouldn’t see again until Harry Potter. Star Wars was IT and for about a million different reasons.
So what makes Star Wars so special? Timing. When it was new, there wasn’t anything like it before and it was the “face that launched a thousand ships.” It gave birth to a new era of science fiction, fantasy, adventure and more. Even Star Trek got hauled out of the attic, dusted off and shoved back out onto the stage. If it wasn’t for this movie, the theatrical landscape would look very different today.
That kinda sounded like an insult…
Anyway, Star Wars Episode 8 The Last Jedi is divisive in a way I don’t fully understand. Some people love it, some people hate it, and I’m starting to wonder if I’m the only one that’s in the middle. Well, not exactly in the middle.
So with all that said, I’m very excited about reviewing Star Wars Episode 8: Chewbacca Goes Vegan. Well, we’ll get to that. Let’s start here:
Yoda Lightning – when a character in a movie does something that makes you yell at the screen, “If you can do that, why don’t you do it all the time? Why don’t you do it in this instance, and that instance and the many other ways that thing you can do could affect the plot, but you don’t! Why don’t you do it?!?”
The answer is usually, “Because it would make the movie 5 minutes long.”
This term traces its roots back to Star Wars The Last Jedi . In this film, (Force ghost) Yoda summons a lightning bolt to burn down a tree. This begs the question: if he can just appear somewhere and summon lightning, why doesn’t he do that all the time? It sure would save the Galaxy from a lot of horror and bloodshed.
I’m back on the What Does It Matter? podcast to talk about our favorite movies of 2017 as well as everything I saw last year! You can listen below or download by searching WDIM in your podcast app of choice! You can find WDIM on Facebook and Twitter, too! Drop some review love on Facebook and iTunes!https://ia601502.us.archive.org/25/items/Episode39OurFavoriteMoviesOf2017Mp3/Episode%2039%20Our%20Favorite%20Movies%20Of%202017%20mp3.mp3
It’s THE LAST Star Wars: The Last Jedi review. Did I love it, hate it, indifferent, or in between? Here’s our chance to find out – as well as what three other people think about The Last Jedi and more!
(FYI, my segment starts around the 36 minute mark)
The second movie in a Trilogy is almost always the best installment. This makes a lot of sense; the first movie has already introduced the heroes so you don’t have to deal with nearly as much setup exposition. This means the movie can go straight to exploring the plot and associated conflicts. (See The Dark Knight for perhaps the best example of this.) But Star Wars: The Last Jedi won’t have this luxury because The Force Awakens asked a ton of questions it had no interest in answering.
AND DON’T TELL ME I NEED TO READ A BUNCH OF STAR WARS NOVELS OR VISUAL DICTIONARIES! I’M NOT DOING THAT!
So, here are just a few questions The Force Awakens asked that The Last Jedi needs to answer: Read the rest of this entry
So many movies. So many choices! Once I thought of writing this post, I realized I could sit here forever, and instead, I’ve decided to go with whatever comes to mind first. So, in no particular order and without a slight to other films, here are my 5 Favorite Opening Movie Scenes at this exact moment in time. Read the rest of this entry
Here’s the first episode of Quick Reviews – these ramblings on Star Wars: The Force Awakens went on longer than I wanted, but hey, it’s Star Wars. I can talk about Star Wars all day long, never mind five minutes.
If you’ve not familiar with the term, a ticking clock movie is when the heroes need to do X before the bad guys do Y because if they don’t, the good guys lose, and what fun is that? A good example of a ticking clock movie would be Speed, Back to the Future, Star Wars… Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and now Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I can see how this is both a good and bad thing. Read the rest of this entry
Obviously, Star Wars The Force Awakens could never truly meet expectations. The idea of restoring order to the franchise after the disappointing Prequel Trilogy is an exciting prospect and the trailers make big promises. But does the movie deliver?
Star Wars is one of those things that have always been there for me. No matter how tough life gets, you can always take a break and visit the galaxy that only exists a long time ago and is far, far away.
Star Wars has gone from movie phenomenon to cultural institution and right now, it seems like it always will be. Maybe the sequel trilogy will alter its status one way or another, but in this moment, the anticipation is palpable.
And by all that, I mean this: the force will be with you – always.