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The Top Five Droids in Star Wars

What would Star Wars be without its droids? C-3PO and R2-D2 were really the first characters to be introduced to audiences way back in 1977 and I have loved them ever since I first saw them in The Phantom Menace. Now even more droids have been created and the list of incredibly cool (and funny) droids just keeps expanding. These are, however, my five favorite droids in Star Wars.

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The Fun of Binge-Reading Star Wars Books

Reading is one of my favorite activities. I love fiction and non-fiction, fantasy and American History, I love it all. The books I have never happened to read in my nineteen years of living, however, have been Star Wars books. As much as I love Star Wars I never was very interested in the books. I liked the movies and tv shows, I liked being able to see the characters and planets and watch things unfold visually. That’s why after I went to one of my local libraries and read for the first time, a Star Wars book, I was blown away.

The book, in particular, was Catalyst, the prequel to Rogue One.

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The Coolest Vehicles in Star Wars

One of my favorite things in Star Wars is the awesome vehicles. There’s the Millenium Falcon, Padme’s multiple, glamorous ships, Star Destroyers, speeders, walkers, I mean there are so many. So, I am here to tell you which vehicles I happen to love the most in the Star Wars Universe. Enjoy!

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Rogue One After Seven Months

I watched Rogue One in the movie theaters seven months ago. It was amazing!!! The story was compelling, Darth Vader (this was the first time I was able to witness him in the movies) was at, to me, his most terrifying, and everybody died which was a very bold move by LucasFilm. I now know, if they deem it necessary, characters in Star Wars, no matter how much you like them, will be killed off. Boo.

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So anyway the movie was great. I loved it so much I said it was the best Star Wars movie ever made. Now it’s been over half a year since I saw it for the first time and I have to admit, it isn’t as magical as it once was. Now I’m not saying the movie is bad. It’s still clearly in the top three of my favorite Star Wars films but it just lost its pizzaz that it once had. Jyn’s story is terribly inconsistent and has me constantly wondering what her character was like before the infamous reshoots. Director Krennic was also supposed to be much more menacing but they changed his character’s arc as well. And Saw Gerrera was supposedly going to have a bigger role but they dialed it back some so the movie would stay in the PG-13 range. I understand that but now he’s become a useless character. He’s in the movie and I know he’s very important because of his fatherly relationship with Jyn but they could’ve definitely done something a little more with him. I think the movie should’ve been fifteen to twenty minutes longer. It would’ve really helped the depth of the film.

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Now The Force Awakens hasn’t diminished in its enjoyable factor in any way. In fact, the more I watch the better it’s getting. It’s magical from the opening scene with the pitch-black underbelly of Kylo Ren’s ship passing over the glowing white planet of StarKiller Base to Rey brandishing Luke’s lightsaber to Luke himself atop the stunning island at the very end. Between those two scenes, the story never feels disjointed. I know who Rey is and what motivates her to go find Luke at the end. I know who Finn is and why he decided to leave the First Order. I can even figure out Poe despite the little screen time. Everything is polished and well written. I never have to ask myself any questions while I’m watching the movie.

Rogue One does, however, have a spectacular ending. The Battle on Scarif is a little long and drawn out, I will definitely admit that, but the last fifteen minutes or so are magnificent. The data tower is one of my favorite moments in the whole film. The gruesome deaths of Rogue One’s main members are heartbreaking to watch. Especially Jyn and Cassian. I cry like a baby every time still to this day. And there are no words to express how wonderful the scene where Darth Vader goes on a murderous rampage to retrieve the Death Star plans is. It’s simply jaw-dropping. And then Leia at the end, even with her CGI, is amazing. It really molds into A New Hope seamlessly and makes itself easily the best prequel ever made in Star Wars. Rogue One, unfortunately, does have too many mistakes to fill and has me wishing they could’ve fixed some elements to the movie every time I watch it.

And The Empire Strikes Back is still, to this day, the best Star Wars film ever made. It’s been around since 1980 and it continues to stands the test of time. The special effects, Luke’s journey, the love story, it’s all just perfect. And it ends with one of the biggest reveals in cinema history. How can you top that? I thought Rogue One did but it’s only been half a year and I’m already bumping it down to being my third favorite Star Wars movie. Rogue One is a very good movie and gives every Star Wars fan like me hope for standalone Star Wars films in the future but it isn’t perfect. The fifth Star Wars is.

It’s been fun writing this and I can’t wait to write something about The Last Jedi. Until that time I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for reading my post.

The Directors of the Han Solo Film Have Been Fired, Here’s Why That’s Good

I’ve been skeptical about the untitled Young Han Solo film since it was first announced. Now I’m totally confident in the direction Kathleen Kennedy and co. want to take these films. Especially after the groundbreaking Rogue One which shocked and wowed audiences around the world. It was so good that it edged out Empire Strikes Back to become my favorite Star Wars film. And it’s one of the few movies brave enough to kill off all of its characters, and mind you this is Disney being this heartless. Now with The Last Jedi coming out this December I’m beyond excited for the next installment into this brand new trilogy. This Han Solo movie, however, which is planned to come out in theaters next May has never gotten me really excited.

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First of all the actor, they chose to play the iconic smuggler doesn’t exactly look like Harrison Ford. His face is just a little too square and that’s already a problem. And now, due to some disagreeing between the directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and the producer, Kathleen Kennedy, and the writer, Lawrence Kasdan, the directors have been fired. Now at first, I was stunned. The movie is in the middle of filming and now the directors with the vision of the film have been fired! Why would this happen?

After finding out they were fired because they weren’t given the freedom to make the movie they wanted I was pleased. Yes, they made highly appraised films such as 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie but this is Star Wars. And not only is it Star Wars but it’s a movie about Han Solo. Han Solo has already been killed off in the most brutal fashion. The last thing LucasFilm needs to do is make the movie about him anywhere close to the quality of the prequels. It would be very bad for LucasFilm and very bad for their anthology films going forward. And the last person you’re supposed to disagree with when it comes to the creative vision of a Star Wars film is Lawrence Kasdan who actually wrote The Empire Strikes Back. So I’m happy the directors were fired.

The bad thing about this new development, however, is it refreshes my skepticism about this film. I hope it’s good, I really do but I just have a bad feeling about this (see what I did there.) Han Solo is too precious of a character to tamper with and I know LucasFilm realizes this. Until I see the first teaser I’m not going to be too excited for this film just yet. Hopefully, this new change will help the movie and not hurt it.

 

Why Rogue One Has Made The Force Awakens More Enjoyable

It’s been three wee since Rogue One came out on Blu-Ray and in that time I have been able to watch the outstanding anthology film as many times as I please. In these past few weeks I have discovered small editing bloops and which portions of the movie make me hum with glee. One day for pure fun I watched Rogue One and then The Force Awakens back to back to truly glean the difference between the two newest Star Wars films and I was surprised by the results.

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Rogue One is clearly a better movie, from its gorgeous cinematography to its impeccable storytelling about a band of rebels who managed to capture the Death Star plans to its memorable characters that despite only having one movie managed to insert themselves into the long list of lore and fascinating characters throughout the Star Wars universe. I was expecting to watch the bright and adventurous Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, afterwards completely bored. To my great surprise it wasn’t and this is why.

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Rogue One, like I said earlier, is a great movie. It’s nearly perfect in my opinion except for that interrogation scene with Bodhi and Bo-gulit or whatever that tentacle monster is called. That scene could have been a deleted scene for all I care, that’s how disturbing it is. But anyway the movie is superbly made and so forth. When I turned on The Force Awakens however and that shot of Kylo Ren’s Destroyer covering StarKiller Base with its immense size came on this feeling of happiness came over me that Rogue One just doesn’t provide. Rogue One is an intense movie that despite being one of the shortest Star Wars films managed to make me invested in the characters’ stories enough that by the time the end comes (Spoiler Ahead if you haven’t watched Rogue One yet) I am truly devestated when everyone, and I mean everyone, comes to their demise. And like I said, the movie is intense. The Battle on Scarif is over thirty minutes long and that doesn’t count the rest of the movie! When I finished watching the saddening but amazing film it was like a breath of fresh air watching the lighter, more fun Force Awakens.

The Force Awakens’ brighter cinemotagraphy was a relief after the grey tones of Rogue One. The music, composed by the classic John Williams, was welcoming after the somber music of the anthology film. And just the contrast between the two stories is incredible. The Force Awakens is so much lighter compared to Rogue One. Yes the situations are dire but they aren’t as bad. You don’t have to deal with uncomfortable interrogation scenes or seeing rebels getting shot down by ruthless Death Troopers while trying to take cover in a ship. Instead you have wonderful scenes like Rey meeting BB-8 for the first time or Poe taking out stormtroopers and tie fighters in his beautiful black X-Wing with Finn cheering him on. And The Force Awakens does get serious in the final twenty minutes. After the confrontation between Han and Kylo Ren on the bridge the movie reaches an intensity that is silencing. And the end of The Force Awakens gives me chills every time even after nearly a year and a half of watching it.

So yes Rogue One is a beautifully made movie but The Force Awakens still has its hold on my heart. This is, to me, the perfect description of the two movies. Rogue One is enjoyable, The Force Awakens is magical. I hope this December The Last Jedi becomes the best Star Wars ever.

Thank you for reading my post and have a beautiful day! May the force be with you.

What I Think About the Bonus Features of Rogue One

I loved Rogue One. It was and still is a fantastic addition to the Star Wars universe. When I got it on DVD I immediately rushed to the bonus features because who doesn’t want to know how this beautiful movie was made? Some of the features were really fun to watch and gave me some incredible insight into how the movie was made while others were just okay. On that note let me talk about these features.

My Favorite Bonus Features

There were a few features that I really loved.

Visions Of Hope: The Look of Rogue One

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One of the reasons why Rogue One was such an amazing film was because of the visuals. From Krennic’s shuttle flying over the black sand beaches of the planet where the Ersos were hiding to the Death Star eclipsing the sun over Jedha. It was an incredibly stunning movie that still has me shaking my head in wide-eyed wonder so of course it comes as no surprise that this was my favorite feature. I loved learning the inspiration behind the movie’s gorgeous designs and how they created the classic Yavin 4 base.

The Princess and the Governor

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One of the biggest surprises of Rogue One was the CGI revival of Governor Tarkin and the digitalized young Princess Leia. Yes they weren’t perfect but they were good enough to pass as human around real people. It was fascinating learning how they digitally recreated these iconic characters. First of all, for Leia to have only one scene in the entire movie it took months of work for them to have her look perfect for the film. Secondly watching them CGI Tarkin’s face onto the actor’s face was jaw dropping. It’s truly amazing what people can do these days with computers. I have a feeling this is the beginning of a new era of boundaries for where these Star Wars stories can go.

The Empire

 

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The Empire are really frightening in this movie. This is the one Star Wars film that displays their incredible menace at the fullest. One thing behind their scary demeanor is their look. It was fun to learn how they came up with designs for the Death Troopers as well as other things. That was another interesting feature.

The Not-So-Great Features

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The seven other features were enjoyable but not memorable. I came away from the bonus features wishing I would’ve learned so much more such as how they created the Battle on Scarif. There was so much work that went into those final forty or so minutes of the movie there’s no way they didn’t have behind-the-scenes footage of it. I learned more on Flipboard about how they made Rogue One than the bonus features which is very unfortunate. And don’t get me started about the missing deleted or extended scenes.

In comparison The Force Awakens’ bonus features were wonderful. They gave a lot of information I would’ve never known. Their features were all over seven minutes long. They did have deleted scenes, all of which were really fun to watch. Their bonus features were so good in fact that I have watched them more than once and I’ll probably watch them again in the near future.

It still is nice to have Rogue One on DVD to watch over and over again. It’s a gorgeously made film that has raised the bar impressively high for any Star Wars stories that follow it. Whether or not the bonus features were that great you should still watch them. It’s an hour and two minutes of decent information that only makes the movie that much better.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. In a few days the Star Wars Celebration will start and the teaser for The Last Jedi will be released. I am so excited! Be sure to read my post about the new teaser trailer. You won’t want to miss it. Thank you and May the force be with you!