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I Think the ‘Star Wars’ Prequel Trilogy Got Some of its Ideas From ‘The Fifth Element’

Last night I saw, for the first time, The Fifth Element which came out in 1997. I’ve been hearing about this movie for years but it wasn’t until yesterday that I actually sat down and watched the film. As I was watching the movie I was flabbergasted by its strangely creative content and the vision that Luc Besson has concocted for this film. I almost fell asleep at the beginning of the movie because I thought it was kind of boring but I managed to stay up and watch the entire film from beginning to end.

While the overall movie clearly wasn’t the best science-fiction film I’d ever seen I still somewhat enjoyed it. But, as I’d say, about thirty minutes into the movie one of the main characters, a perfect being sent to protect Earth named Leeloo was brought to life. When she found herself in containment she, of course, ran away. It’s at this moment where my mind was blown in utter shock.

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Update: The Opening Scenes in ‘Star Wars’; Ranked from Worst to Best

Back in January of this year I wrote a post displaying my ranking of the opening scenes in Star Wars. Now, with Solo arriving, it’s time to update that list. Enjoy!

10. Return of the Jedi

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Return of the Jedi’s opening scene is my least favorite because it’s kind of boring. Yes, it shows the half-constructed Death Star and yes it highlights Darth Vader’s shuttle (which is always awesome) but this opening scene has never made me that excited.

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My Top 5 Yoda Quotes

Yoda is one of the most beloved Star Wars characters for obvious reasons; he’s awesome. He’s, in my opinion, the wisest character in the franchise and this can be said as much from his memorable sayings. So, on that note, here are my five favorite quotes from the wizened Jedi master. Enjoy!

5. “We are what they grow beyond. That is the burden of all masters.”

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The Last Jedi delivered a delightful Yoda cameo that reunited the deceased master with his former apprentice, Luke Skywalker. It was a fascinating moment the two characters shared after a three-decade hiatus and this quote pushed the idea that yes, the old ways of the Jedi were passing on, but that another generation of Jedi was rising.

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Ranking the Action in ‘Star Wars’ Movies; from Worst to Best

One of the funnest things about watching a Star Wars movie is the action. No matter how lackluster a Star Wars film may be the action is always entertaining. With ten movies now in the franchise which films reign supreme in the action department and which movies don’t? That’s what I’m here to share with you. Enjoy!

10. A New Hope

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I love A New Hope because it’s the first Star Wars movie ever made. If it wasn’t for A New Hope being such an amazing film when it came over forty years ago the Star Wars franchise probably wouldn’t exist right now. But while A New Hope is undoubtedly a great movie the action is about as boring as it gets in comparison to the other nine Star Wars films. I mean, it has the slowest lightsaber duel ever created. I rest my case.

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What’s Your Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Movie?

Every week I present a new segment of Who’s Your Favorite this or that but this week I’m changing it up a bit and today I’m asking you which Star Wars movie is your favorite? Star Wars is a tough topic, especially when you get into the conversation of which film in the franchise is your favorite because they’re all so good. It’s also a fun topic to broach as well, as it sparks debates and connects Star Wars fans around the world. So, out of all of the Star Wars movies, what is your favorite of the franchise? Here they all are.

1. The Phantom Menace

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The Phantom Menace was the first of the prequels and while its arrival had Star Wars fans riled up its actual quality quickly turned those same fans against the movie within no time. Now The Phantom Menace is considered one of the worst entries in the franchise but it has its shining moments as well; the podrace sequence, Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, etc. It might not be the greatest movie ever made but it’s still Star Wars and that’s always awesome.

2. Attack of the Clones

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Attack of the Clones is the second entry in the prequel trilogy and instead of building up a compelling foundation for the trilogy it is viewed, to most fans, as easily the worst or second to worst Star Wars film. But, like The Phantom Menace, it’s got its bright spots as Ewan Mcgregor shines as Obi-Wan Kenobi and makes the film worth watching.

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I Think There Were Force Connections Before ‘The Last Jedi’

If you’ve read my previous post you will know that I have recently watched Revenge of the Sith and to my great surprise I think I discovered another secret Force connection but not from The Last Jedi but instead from a movie made over a decade before it; Revenge of the Sith. There’s a scene after Anakin is told to wait in the Jedi Council by Mace Windu that highlights a quiet but emotional moment between Anakin and Padme Amidala.

They are both sitting in a chair deep in thought with a window to their backs and slowly, as they seem to sense one another, they go to look out the window.

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They both seem to stare at each other even though they are miles apart. Padme gazes at the Jedi temple across the way.

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And Anakin stares at the apartment building they live in across the way. Both of their faces are creased with emotion and while they may not know it, they’re practically looking at one another eye to eye.

You see, I don’t think this is as strong a Force connection as say the meetings between Rey and Kylo Ren where they were literally in the presence of one another but rather a different connection where they can sense each other and are linked in a strange bond they can’t rid themselves of. And this isn’t the only time this has happened.

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In Attack of the Clones when Padme and Anakin find themselves in the dreadful droid factory they both face death at the same time (Padme almost gets covered in molten lava, Anakin almost becomes chopsui thanks to a giant axe) before finally getting caught.

And then there’s the parallel between these two lovebirds as Anakin gets medically attended to fully become the Darth Vader we all know and love and Padme is medically aided as she gets ready to bring Luke and Leia into the world. The scene cuts back and forth between them, each of them experiencing pain in different ways. Anakin’s mutilated body is the source of his pain and Padme’s is her childbirth. And they both end up dying as well, as Padme dies from supposed lack of will to go on and the man that was Anakin Skywalker is destroyed by his new identity, Darth Vader.

All three of these scenes hint at the idea that there were Force connections before The Last Jedi was even thought of. Of course, they are not as elaborate and personal as the ones in The Last Jedi where two people can hold hands across an entire galaxy but the concept is still there and that’s pretty cool.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this theory and whether there should be more Force connections in the future. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force be with you.

 

Ranking the ‘Star Wars’ Movies By How Kid-Friendly They Are

When George Lucas created Star Wars all those years ago he wasn’t exactly catering the film to adults. He was making a fantasy epic for children and it just so happened to be one of the greatest movies ever made that resonated with people of all ages. As the years have gone by some of the Star Wars films have continued to cater mostly towards the younger people of the world while some of the franchise’s installments have been a little more adult than others. So which Star Wars films do I think are the most kid-friendly? That’s what I’m here to list for you and I hope you enjoy. 🙂

10. Revenge of the Sith

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The prequel trilogy might’ve produced some awful Star Wars movies but Revenge of the Sith definitely feels quite climactic and it doesn’t shrug away from being a dire film. We see the Jedi slaughtered, younglings and all, which could be VERY frightening for a child. We see General Grievous shot to the point of explosion. Padme is killed…by her husband! Palpatine’s face is enough to dissuade any child from wanting to see this movie. And then Anakin getting his limbs cut off and nearly burned alive? All of these points are blaring reasons why this is the least kid-friendly Star Wars movie. I mean, I still wince whenever I watch Anakin getting burnt to a crisp. This is definitely catered to an older audience.

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