I know I haven’t posted so much on my website, but I’ve been getting all of my finals done, and I’m officially done for the season. This means that I am able to continue where I left off, and present more reviews. I won’t be putting up my next Torchwood review any time soon, but I do have another review that is looooooong overdue. I will post it for Christmas! But now, Star Wars!
Before Viewing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 12/14/2017
For those of you who are new to this segment, Before and After is where I talk about my preimpressions of the movie I’m about to see, as well as everything else that goes around it. It mostly has to do with my personal history on whether or not if the movie is part of a franchise or a fandom. If you want to see my example of this, here’s my bitter rage of the Death Note Netflix movie that came out a couple of months ago:
I don’t think there is anything new I can add under the sun as to how much of an impact that Star Wars has laid upon pop culture for 40 years. 40 years?! HOT DANG!!! I’m not even 30 years old, and knowing that makes me feel old! Red Letter Media has torn the prequels to shreds countless times, there are numerous documentaries on the films, going from the making of Star Wars, to the fandom of Star Wars. Just about everything you can find about this perfect and imperfect franchise has been said.
Since I can’t find a new thing to talk about Star Wars (besides the left over original scripts, rough drafts, and testimonies of the people who worked on the movie that hasn’t been told yet), the only thing that I can talk about is my personal testimony. I started seeing Star Wars for the first time in pieces as a kid. I didn’t watch them all the threw until later on. My first viewing of Star Wars was on laserdisc! Yes, that is how cool my dad was growing up as a kid! When I turned, I believe 9 years old, I saw the movies all the way threw on the special editions as a kid, late at night at my grandma’s house, with the exception of Return of the Jedi the day later. Fun fact, I forgot that Darth Vader was Luke’s father the next day I saw Return of the Jedi. If you can’t tell, I love Star Wars. Enough said.
Then there were the prequels. Let me just clear this out of the way by saying that seeing a movie as a kid doesn’t mean quality. You probably ate dirt and grass as a 2 year old and thought it was good, but that doesn’t mean that disgusting grass and mud that has remnants of dog poo and pee was ever good. I can even say the same thing about The Phantom Menace being a bad film. I saw that movie as a kid in the theaters, and even I was let down by Darth Maul. The movie advertised him being the main antagonist and he does almost nothing, if not, nothing of value. Not even Darth Sidious does a thing. Even the Trade Federation’s existence was lame. I did, at the time, enjoyed everything else. No, I don’t remember why, nor do I think I had a reason for why, but I thought the movie was good as a kid. Nowadays, I can testify that Quigon Jin is a liar, a cheater, and a gambler, the CGI isn’t all that impressive, especially for it’s time when both Terminator 2 and The Fifth Element came out before this, the story is both boring and vague, especially for a film where it’s target audience was aimed at children.
Not only did I see Attack of the Clones in the theaters, but it was also the first movie I remember watching with just pure hatred for a movie. Not only was it boring, but it felt useless, stupid, and overall, pathetic. If you ever wondered where all of my rage and anger ever came from, it was on May 17th, 2002, over for a film that was nominated for an Oscar over it’s overabundance of CGI, which I like to call high film cholesterol. I remmeber liking Revenge of the Sith a lot when I was in high school, but after looking back at it 5 years later, it really wasn’t good at all. It still contradicted everything that was in the original trilogy, the use of CGI was just as bad as the other movies, the acting was terrible, the direction was terrible, and even the Wookies were in this movie just for fan service, as well as Chewbacca.
And before I say anything else, no. I don’t like the lightsaber battles either. the first one used the lightsaber battles where it went on forever, just seeing three guys banging on lightsabers just as some spectacle over characters we don’t care for. The second one had way too many lightsabers to where it was starting to get old. I didn’t even remember any of that in the bug coliseum all too well. And then you got the one on the volcano planet where it just felt tiring to the point where I stopped caring about lightsabers. I brought this up because I know a ton of people would bring this up as a defense for the prequels.
After George Lucas sold Lucas Films to Disney, and then announcing that they’re going to make more Star Wars movies, I said to myself “good.” I believed that anyone can do a much better job than George, and after watching The Force Awakens, I was right. Even though I like The Force Awakens, and saw that it had it’s share of problems, it was still a good enough movie to keep in my collection. Yes, I do have a collection, and it’s not going anywhere without me. Anything prequel related is not allowed. Except for Rogue One, which is the only good Star Wars prequel, was better than the Force Awakens (to my opinion), even though I agree that it didn’t need to be made. So far, there hasn’t been a bad Star Wars movie from Disney yet, but after seeing an onslaught of new Star Wars movies planned out, I don’t feel like I’m going to get tired of it as some people do. It’s just something that I would think that I will get over with, but I just don’t. I don’t even know if I’m able to explain why if I tried.
I can’t bring myself to say that I want to side myself with the majority of the fandom, because I think that most of them are either fun or just poison to me, thanks to them coming up with massively ridiculous fan theories, such as the ring theory, Jar Jar Binks secretly being a sith lord, the force being a living entity that caused everything you saw in the prequels to the Last Jedi as planned (no, I did not make any of that up), and then there are MattPat’s film theory videos that all have failed right in front of his face. I love the guy, but he’s not making the fandom any better. Not gonna stop him from making any more film theory Star Wars videos, but I won’t acknowledge them either.
As for The Last Jedi, I only saw the first trailer once, and that’s about it. Not that I’m not looking forward to this movie, but I want to go into this movie cold, not seeing as much about the film before going in. With that being said, I’m off to see my movie!
After viewing Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a movie that I went in, thinking that it was just going to be another good Star Wars movie within the franchise. I never thought that there was ever going to be another Star Wars movie that could ever top off, or even measure up to Empire, for a few reasons. For starters, The Empire Strikes Back was such a fantastic film that it reached the point where it was going to be difficult for another movie in it’s franchise to be as good. The second reason is because whenever we see another Star Wars film after it, not one was ever able to reach it’s level of goodness. The Force Awakens was still good and brought Star Wars back to where it needed to be, but it still wasn’t earth shattering good. Rogue One I thought was better than The Force Awakens, but I still felt like it wasn’t necessary of a movie to be made, and some of it’s characters were kind of there for the most part. Return of the Jedi was still good, but as a movie, there were some moments in the script that felt obvious that it was rewritten a lot before filming that made it feel like as if something was missing. I already explained my beef against the prequels, so let’s move on.
Where does The Last Jedi stand? Right up there with The Empire Strikes Back! Yeah, I’m dead serious with that statement. This movie managed to surprise me the most. This movie, that I can best describe it, was like a roller coaster. It starts off really well in the first half, and then it gets really exciting at the second half of the movie! I don’t feel like there was a dull moment to be found, especially the scenes where there was no action to be found. Most of the characters (from what I can remember), did an excellent job, keeping me invested with the whole movie. The action scenes are well done, and I couldn’t have done better. This is a movie that I KNOW that you will enjoy from beginning to end if you haven’t seen it yet. If you went into this movie with low expectations like I did, prepare yourself to be very wrong with those low expectations. I do go as far as saying that this is the best movie of the year so far, and I say that because I have yet to see The Disaster Artist.
I’m glad that this was a spoiler free review, and believe me, I almost did that. Yeah, as much as I made the Death Note review a spoiler filled rant, I don’t think it deserved to roam around free with any dignity from anyone. However, this movie was so good, that it deserved my respect, as well as those who have not seen the movie yet.