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The ‘Star Wars’ Endings; Ranked from Worst to Best

One of my favorite things about Star Wars are its movies’ end scenes. From The Phantom Menace to the latest installment, The Last Jedi, each film’s ending is wildly different and unique and I love that. Today I’m excited to rank all of the movies’ final scenes. Enjoy!

9. Attack of the Clones

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Attack of the Clones has, by a long shot, my least favorite ending. In fact, I dislike this final scene so much that I stop the movie every time it comes to this part because I just don’t feel like seeing Anakin and Padme suck facing anymore. Ugh. Gross. This is the only Star Wars movie where I literally don’t watch the end and that’s why it’s undoubtedly the worst ending out of all of the movies.

8. Return of the Jedi

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Whether you watch the Ewok version or the new version with Hayden Christensen’s Anakin as the ghost this ending is a very enjoyable finale to the original trilogy. I remember when I used to watch this and I just wished that there would be another movie afterwards. Now when I see this ending there is an actual continuation and I am just so happy about it. I mean we get to see all of these characters (beside Lando) in their old age and what ended up becoming each of their eventual destinies. Unfortunately, every single one of them didn’t have happy endings but at least I know that and I don’t have to imagine where they ended up. That’s so awesome!

7. The Last Jedi 

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While The Last Jedi is, at the moment, tied with Rogue One as my favorite Star Wars movie its ending was surprisingly less enjoyable than I thought it should’ve been. The Last Jedi was such a serious film throughout the entire movie and then it ended in such a lackluster fashion. I was okay with Leia talking to Rey about the Resistance moving forward and hope, blah blah, but it was kind of strange how dire a situation it had been before that time and yet the remaining Resistance members were chatting in the Millenium Falcon lounge like they were at a cantina or something. And the final scene with the Force-wielding boy was perfectly fine but it feels a little disjointed from the previous scene. The first time I watched the movie I thought it was over once it showed the iconic ship in hyperspace. Then it jumped to these kids on Canto Bight and at first I had no idea what it had to do with the rest of the movie. The fact that the two scenes didn’t flow together seamlessly is why this ending is so low on this list.

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Should ‘The Last Jedi’ Be Part of the Oscar Conversation?

When you think of Star Wars the Oscars doesn’t immediately come to mind. The Force Awakens only got nominations for Best Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Editing, and it didn’t get a single win for these nominations. And Rogue One only obtained two nominations for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing. Now it’s The Last Jedi‘s turn to hit the Oscars and I think it should get a lot more recognition than its two predecessors.

First, I believe it should be nominated for Best Picture and this is why.

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Rian Johnson put so much thought and work into the making of this movie that it would be sad to see him get zero recognition for his hard work. And it’s not like the movie was poorly reviewed. Critics and fans loved the film for its bold choices and its impeccable storytelling. Because The Last Jedi was one of the more thoughtful Star Wars movies in a long time I think it should be nominated.

Two, Adam Driver needs to be nominated for Best Actor In A Supporting Role because his performance in The Last Jedi was utterly perfect.

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I hated Kylo Ren at the end of The Force Awakens but The Last Jedi humanized him. I felt his sorrow, his inner conflict, his anger, his pain, I understood Kylo Ren and that could only have been achieved because of Adam Driver’s impeccable acting. He made Kylo Ren believable, relatable, and he’s now my favorite character in the trilogy.

One of my favorite scenes with Kylo Ren is his final scene in the movie when he enters the rebel base on Crait. He had just found out he wasn’t as powerful as he thought he was when he faced Luke’s mirage and he was an emotional wreck. When he sees Han’s golden dice and watches as they melt away it’s such a powerful moment. The expression on Kylo Ren’s face is that of pure sorrow and I can’t believe it but I truly feel sorry for him.

Adam Driver is a remarkable actor and even though he probably won’t be nominated I he should be.

Three, Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley should also be nominated for Actor and Actress in a Leading Role.

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They are both incredible actors and whenever they were onscreen, whether they were together or not, they infused the movie with a sense of mystical wonder and realism that made the movie that much better. I’m sure they won’t be nominated because, well, they’re starring in a Star Wars movie but if the committee can look past that and recognize how incredible their acting was I would definitely give them consideration.

Well, this is how I feel about The Last Jedi and its chances with the Oscars. I know for a fact The Last Jedi won’t be part of these major categories but if it does I am going to be a very happy Star Wars fan.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force Be With You.

 

Why I Think ‘The Last Jedi’ Is Such A Divisive Film

The Last Jedi has been out for over a month and it’s still being hotly debated by fans around the world for some of its various scenarios and unsuspected character developments. Now The Last Jedi was one of the highest anticipated films of 2017 and it ended up becoming the highest grossing film of last year because, well, it’s Star Wars. And while it was a box office success there were a lot of fans who felt that it was one of the worst Star Wars movies ever made and then there were others who appreciated Rian Johnson’s vision and the gutsy choices he made in the movie. Now, I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum.

When I first watched The Last Jedi on opening day I was one of the viewers who utterly despised nearly everything about the film. I thought they had undermined Finn and had left his character development to the back burner, I was upset that they had killed Snoke without giving us a hint of his back story, I couldn’t believe Luke was dead, and I thought the movie was overall pretty terrible.

Then I watched it a second time and I was profoundly shocked. The movie was amazing, the character developments were perfect, and I completely understood everything Rian was trying to achieve with this film. I couldn’t believe how different an experience it was watching the movie the second time and I realized what had made me dislike the film so much the first time.

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I had gone into the theater the first time with a pre-conceived notion about how the film was going to be and when it ended up becoming a movie entirely different from what I expected I felt slightly betrayed. I was legitimately upset and I thought Rian Johnson had completely torn up the foundation The Force Awakens had created but when I saw it for the second time I realized that Rian’s entire goal was to move the story forward and erase that nostalgic feeling its predecessor had. I highly appreciate that.

It’s hilarious. People were upset that The Force Awakens was too much like A New Hope and now they’re upset that The Last Jedi did decide to move beyond the past and become its own movie. That’s ironic.

Now, I’m going to convey my opinion on all of the hotly debated topics that have divided fans for the past month. Enjoy!

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Should Rey and Poe Have A Romance in ‘Episode IX’?

The Last Jedi came out nearly a month ago and while us Star Wars fans still have a lot of questions concerning this long-awaited sequel we also have a few questions leading into Episode IX and one of those questions is whether Rey and Poe might end up having a romantic relationship in the final movie of the trilogy?

The reason for this question is because of the brief exchange between Rey and Poe at the end of the movie. Now for me, I didn’t see anything between the two characters as they introduced themselves that sparked my future-couple spidey sense but a lot of people are wondering if they might end up becoming something more than just rebellion buddies. Personally, I think having them become a couple would be a terrible idea for several reasons.

One, Rey is just too awesome for Poe (sorry Poe.)

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I mean she’s this super powerful force-wielder (I don’t know if I can officially call her a Jedi yet) whose ideas and goals simply far exceed his. And yes she’s much more powerful than the likes of Finn but she began her incredible journey with the ex-stormtrooper before she even knew she had the Force. And they had a lot in common. They were two young, alone individuals who were trying to find their way in the universe. The thought of Rey and Poe being together is about as icky as when Black Widow and The Hulk started having a romance in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The second reason they shouldn’t be together is because it would be highly sexist.

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Rey is a very, strong independent character. She isn’t in the movies because she’s a love interest. She’s in the movies because she has a story that’s important and doesn’t exactly need the assistance of men. And yes she has feelings for Finn and even Kylo Ren but it’s not as if her only role in the films is to aid in the romantic aspect of the movies.

Now, due to the way things shook out in The Last Jedi, her relationship status at the moment is kind of in the air. Finn has possibly become fully invested, romantically, in his new friend, Rose and Kylo Ren is an evil monster who can’t see beyond his hate, thus he and Rey are now mortal enemies but just because the two men she likes might not be into her anymore doesn’t mean she has to resort to the next best guy which, in that case, would be Finn’s best friend, Poe Dameron. And yes, Poe is a very charming and handsome man but come on. Is it really so important for her to be in a romantic relationship that they would force a strange and very unrealistic romance between her and the dashing pilot? I don’t think so.

Third, it wouldn’t help Poe’s story at all either.

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Poe is awesome, there’s no doubt about that, but the very concept of him ending up with a potential Jedi just does not match his character nor his story line. He’s a man with little patience, as was advertised heavily in The Last Jedi. He acts brashly and makes his decisions quickly with no thought of the consequences. Do you really think a man like that could even have a romantic relationship with a Jedi? I don’t think so.

And how would it possibly aid his story? The next time we see him he’ll probably the new General of the Resistance which means he’ll be way too busy to try to keep up with Rey. I mean Leia couldn’t even find time for her own son. But Poe will be so in love with Rey that he’ll make their relationship work? *rolling my eyes* Okay.

All in all, it would just be a very terrible idea if J.J Abrams decides to take that route for both of these characters. Even Daisy Ridley basically said in an interview the other day that she doesn’t want to see Rey in a romantic relationship with Poe. It would be unrealistic, kind of gross, and it would highly undermine her awesomeness.

Now I’m not saying I don’t want her to have a romantic relationship in Episode IX. I’m a big fan of love stories in movies, especially Star Wars films. I just don’t want it to be with Poe. *shudder*

Well, I thank you for reading my opinion about this interesting subject and I hope you have a glorious day. May the Force Be With You.

 

 

 

Wait a Minute…Luke’s Lightsaber Is Gone!

Rian Johnson’s main goal in The Last Jedi was to move Star Wars beyond the past and into the future by tearing down some of its strongest foundations such as pretending that the Jedi are the galaxy’s almighty saints when really their foolish confidence allowed Emperor Palpatine to create an army right beneath their noses that ended up destroying them. Or taking away the kind perception of Luke Skywalker and turning him into a flawed man who had lost all hope in what he claimed he believed in the most the last time we saw him; the Jedi. Or simply erasing the idea of the Jedi altogether by having Yoda strike lightning on Ach-To’s force tree. Now we know Rey had already taken the ancient Jedi relics from within the trees confines but the idea of the Jedi is what Yoda caused to go up in a spout of flames.

And there were many more ideas Rian destroyed from its predecessor, The Force Awakens, such as Snoke. He completely busted all of our theoretical bubbles by killing him out of the movie in an even less ceremonious fashion than Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace. He obliterated the idea that Rey was the daughter of someone special. And he nearly wiped out the entire Resistance to make the First Order the new rulers of the galaxy.

But while all of these larger ideas and characters were being torn asunder I completely didn’t realize that one of the most iconic pieces of Star Wars history had also been destroyed right under our noses and that is the annihilation of Luke’s lightsaber. Yes, the lightsaber.

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The lightsaber that graced this epic Star Wars poster in 1977. The first lightsaber that was ever seen in Star Wars. The lightsaber that had survived four movies, five wielders, and had even been reclaimed by Luke from the lost depths of the gaseous planet, Bespin, has finally found its end in, unsurprisingly, The Last Jedi.

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‘The Last Jedi’ Is The ‘Star Wars’ Movie I’ve Been Waiting For

So I went to see The Last Jedi last week and when I came out of that movie theater I was kind of livid. At the time I thought Rian Johnson had royally messed up this wonderful story J.J Abrams had created. Nearly everything that I had theorized about and predicted didn’t happen and I was very sad about it but I wanted to see this movie again because maybe there was something that I had missed that the critics clearly saw.

When I came out of that movie theater last night after seeing The Last Jedi for the second time I was utterly stunned. The movie was AMAZING! What had happened? Was I in the twilight zone? Was I in some sort of alternate reality where this time around the movie was basically perfect? I couldn’t believe it. Rian Johnson had done it. He had pushed the story forward and made an incredible sequel that blew its predecessor out of the water.

The Last Jedi is not your typical Star Wars film. The Force Awakens was great because it was safely made. J.J Abrams took the model of A New Hope and made a nostalgic movie that everybody could get behind. There weren’t any risks taken in the movie, except for them killing off Han Solo. It was a fun film that introduced some lovable new characters and some interesting ideas but overall didn’t push into any unknown territory.

Rian Johnson didn’t do that. He took what we thought we knew about Star Wars and flipped it completely upside down which created a film that was destined to be controversial. I’ve watched Star Wars since before I could remember and so I’m used to a certain thing when it comes to this franchise. He did not make The Last Jedi by the rulebook and it was shocking. My brain had to grow and when it did this movie shined like no other.

SPOILER ALERT! I’m going to talk about this movie in great detail and so if you haven’t seen this movie yet and you don’t want to know what’s in the film I highly advise you to discontinue reading this now. Okay, thanks for heeding my warning. Enjoy!

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The Last Jedi Has Revealed Two More Vehicles That Will Blow Your Mind

It’s getting close to the time when LucasFilm will start ramping up advertising and with advertising comes new tidbits from the movie. Well, yesterday two new vehicles that are going to appear in The Last Jedi have been shown and I think they’re pretty awesome.

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