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A Spoiler-Free Review of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

The concept of a young Han Solo standalone film didn’t appeal to me in the slightest when it was announced to be the second installment of the Star Wars Stories. Harrison Ford’s Han Solo had just been brutally killed out of the Star Wars universe in The Force Awakens. Did I really want to know about him before we eventually meet him in A New Hope? When they announced Alden Ehrenreich was going to replace Harrison Ford as Han Solo my skepticism rose even higher but I trusted that Disney knew what they were doing and so I held on to hope. It’s been a long ride watching the few ups and many downs of the Solo project but it feels like it was all worth it, for Solo truly was the movie that I could’ve only dreamed for. So, on that note, let me tell you a little bit about the film (spoiler-free.)

The Story

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First of all, unlike The Last JediSolo: A Star Wars Story is not a complex story in the slightest and that was so refreshing. My first experience watching The Last Jedi was a whirlwind of “What?!” The Last Jedi was unlike anything I could’ve expected…and not in a good way. If felt like the movie was a giant pinball machine and the ball was just bouncing from here to there and then back around to over there. Every time I was really getting into one person’s story it ricocheted over to somebody else. By the end of the film my brain was exhausted, I had practically lost all investment in the movie, and I was just waiting for the film to end. It took me watching it a second time to actually understand and appreciate the complexities of the story of The Last Jedi and that’s not a great thing, considering that a lot of people won’t take time to go watch a movie they didn’t like again. Solo does not have this problem.

There is never a moment where the story gets confusing or isn’t as concise as it once was. And the situations never let down either. You can totally tell that the incredible mastermind behind The Empire Strikes Back and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark was behind Solo because it was absolutely phenomenal.

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Netflix Delights With Two Original Movies

Last night after watching the premiere of American Ninja Warrior I was bored and desperate for a new movie to watch and so I went browsing on Netflix and I ultimately came across two Netflix Original Movies that were not only really fun to watch but actually very entertaining as well. So for all of you fellow Netflix subscribers and movie lovers I’m here to provide you spoiler-free reviews on these two original films.

True Memoirs of an International Assassin

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If you love action movies and you love the comedian, Kevin James, this is a film worth watching for so many reasons. One, it’s got humor which is always a plus. Secondly, it’s surprisingly enjoyable if you’re just bored and needing a decent movie to satiate the new movie thirst. And three, it keeps you on your toes from beginning to end.

Kevin James’ character, Sam, is an aspiring author who writes a fictional story about an assassin and his top secret missions but when his publisher takes his story and spruces up the tale by tweaking the title and calling it “True” Memoirs of an International Assassin rather than its original title (Memoirs of an International Assassin) a lot of trouble and unwanted attention comes Sam’s way and he partakes in a non-stop adventure that’s truly exciting from beginning to end.

It’s also an entirely family-friendly movie with the exception of a bit of cursing and some violence but besides that there’s nothing inappropriate about this film whatsoever which is always refreshing. What would I give the movie, you might ask? I’d give 3.5 out of 5 stars and 84 out of a 100. It wasn’t the greatest action movie I’ve ever seen but it was very, very enjoyable indeed. Definitely take a look at it if you ever get the chance.

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My Ranking of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the greatest cinematic feats of all time and easily one of my favorite franchises. I’ve watched The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers at the least a combined total of 200 times throughout my years growing up and even now, after nearly two decades since the first one came out in 2001, it’s still just as magical and epic as it has always been.

Peter Jackson really achieved what seemed impossible by creating these films and I can only commend him for the absolutely incredible job he did bringing this epic story once told by J.R.R Tolkien to life. The question is, in which fashion do I rank the films in this trilogy? Is the Oscar-winning The Return of the King the installment that excites me the most or is say, The Fellowship of the Ring, the movie that transports me to Middle-Earth and makes me so happy? That is what I’m excited to share with you in this post and I hope you enjoy. 🙂

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‘Black Panther’ At Home

Yesterday I got Black Panther on Blu-Ray and I was so excited. The movie has become such a worldwide phenomenon that it’s literally still in theaters over three months into its box-office run and it has become one of the best critiqued superhero films of all time. So I figured on my second viewing Black Panther would be even greater than I remembered…. It wasn’t.

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When the movie first started I was totally pumped. I was excited to hear the music, get reacquainted with the story and the characters, and be surprised by all of the scenes that I had forgotten. And as I watched the two hour and fourteen minute film the longer the movie ran the more bored I became until the point where I was legitimately waiting for the film to end. The incredible score and Erik Killmonger are the only things that made this movie enjoyable for me yesterday. T’Challa wasn’t as cool as I remembered, the story, while it is very well written and well thought out, isn’t very rewatchable, the action was surprisingly boring, and oh my goodness, the CGI was horrendous. The major battle scene at the end was so poorly done that it looked more like a highly realistic game rather than a something I could imagine being real.

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Now like I said before the music is absolutely beautiful and really helps infuse the film with a cultural essence that helped make the movie incredible. And Erik Killmonger, wow, Michael B. Jordan took this character and ran with it. Erik was such a compelling character you really forget about T’Challa for a small while. I’m not saying his character was in the right in the movie, he truly was a monster consumed by hatred and revenge, but at least when he was on the screen the movie got REALLY good.

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‘The Return of the King’: The Extended Edition

Late last year I wrote a post about the Extended Editions for The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers and now I’ve recently come into possession of the Extended Edition for Oscar-winning The Return of the King and I’m here to talk about how incredible of an experience it was to watch. Enjoy!

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I watch The Lord of the Rings all of the time but I haven’t seen The Return of the King for a couple of years or so and that helped make this such a fun experience to watch the Extended Edition. One of the reasons why The Lord of the Rings is one of the greatest trilogies of all time is because every single film is 100% superb and the third and final installment is no exception. Peter Jackson took a story and brought to an epic, climactic finale with this film that’ll make you cheer and cry, laugh and stare at the screen in slack-jawed awe, and get so many chills sometimes it’ll bring a tear to the eye.

And the Extended Edition is AMAZING! The Return of the King is already a whopping 3 hours and 21 minutes but with the extension it becomes a stunning 4 hours and 23 minutes of Lord of the Rings brilliance. That’s over an hour of extra footage! And it’s very apparent as the film is filled to the brim with new, exciting footage that actually manages to enhance the movie. In fact, I don’t think I’ll be able to watch the original version anymore because the extended version helped make the movie so much better.

My Conclusion of the Film

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All in all, if you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings you should definitely check the extended edition of The Return of the King out because it is totally worth it. It’s undoubtedly 5 out of 5 stars and 100 out of a 100 (yeah, it’s that good.)

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ After A Second Viewing

I went and saw Avengers: Infinity War again today and I can honestly say it was as good as it was the first time, except without all of the surprises this time around. The action was superb, the emotional beats actually got me, well, emotional, and the jokes were just as hilarious, maybe even more so considering that there were a few jokes that I missed. The only downsides to seeing it twice is you can really feel that two and a half hour run time.

Oh my goodness, this is a veeerryyy long movie. I’ve seen long superhero movies before (The Dark Knight is one of my favorite movies and it’s the exact same run time as Avengers: Infinity War) but this film really feels long with all of the different subplots going on. As the scenes jump from here to there and then back around to somewhere it’s just a sometimes agonizingly long lead-up to an imminent ending.

But if you haven’t seen the movie don’t let me dissuade you from wanting to see it. It’s a ridiculously fantastic film that has some very awesome action scenes and some downright shocking moments that you won’t see coming. And Thor is AWESOME! (And Doctor Strange, and Spider Man, and Star-Lord, and Scarlet Witch, and Iron Man…you get the point.) 🙂

All in all, after seeing it a second time my new rating for the movie is 92 out of a 100 and 4.3 out 5 stars. Avengers: Infinity War was everything that I imagined it would be and more and that’s all I wanted.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.

 

A Spoiler-Free Review of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

It’s been one day since I’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War and I’m still reeling from the movie’s climactic ending. Of course, I can’t tell you what happens and you should DEFINITELY avoid spoilers but I can say this…you won’t see it coming and it’s legitimately stunning. Now let me tell you about the rest of the movie (spoiler-free) before I delve into massive spoiler territory. Enjoy!

The Movie

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As soon as you see the Marvel Studios graphic at the beginning of the movie you completely understand that this isn’t going to be your typical Marvel film. The film begins darkly with a terrible and terrifying scene that had me nearly shedding tears and the movie truly doesn’t let go thereafter. Situations become more dire as the movie progresses, characters are faced with foes that prove to be very formidable, character relationships are pushed to the test, and the stakes for humanity are raised to the max.

Now is this film incredibly dire throughout? No and yes. There is quite a bit of a humor in the movie which is actually rather surprising. In fact, it’s the funniest Marvel movie, in my opinion, to date. I have never laughed so hard at a superhero movie but don’t let this make you concoct a picture that this movie is light because it isn’t. It’s funny when it needs to be funny but it’s dark when it needs to be dark as well. And let me tell you, the ending of this film is anything but funny.

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