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Here’s a First Look at the Live-Action ‘Mulan’

Mulan is one of my favorite Disney animated films because of its inspiring tale of female heroism and its wonderful songs. Especially the song, “Reflection”. It’s undoubtedly one of my favorite Disney songs ever made. The movie is so good, in fact, that it got nominated for an Oscar (unsurprisingly.)

When Disney started making live-action versions of these iconic Disney animated movies I was seriously hoping that Mulan would end up being one of the live-action remakes. To my great delight, it is, and the first photo featuring the film has arrived. Here it is.

Yifei Liu will be playing the role of Mulan and it will feature an all-Asian cast (which it should.) Donnie Yen will be playing the mentor, Commander Tung. Jet Li is playing the Emperor. And Yoson An will be playing Chen Honghui who is a young recruit who turns out to be (spoiler-alert) Mulan’s love interest.

I like that they changed the idea of Mulan’s love interest being in a position of power over her. With them both being army recruits it sets them each at an equal playing field and I like that.

All in all, I can’t wait to see this movie and I can’t wait to learn a little more about Aladdin over the next year. I hope it’ll end up being a great movie. 🙂

My Fifteen Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Characters

This past January I updated my list of my fifteen favorite Star Wars characters and after recently revisiting that post it’s definitely time to change that list once again. Enjoy!

15. Vice Admiral Holdo

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Holdo is unlike any other character that has appeared in Star Wars and that’s what makes her so unique. It’s always exciting seeing brand new characters that we can’t associate with someone we’ve seen before in the franchise and even though she was killed off in The Last Jedi she has still easily become one of my favorite characters in Star Wars.

14. Poe Dameron

Poe Dameron is easily the greatest pilot in the galaxy (besides Rey and Kylo Ren) and that makes such an awesome character to have in this current trilogy. He helps fill the void that Han Solo has left with his unfortunate death in The Force Awakens and yet he doesn’t feel like a carbon copy of the iconic Star Wars character. That’s always important.

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Princess Leia: How One Woman Created A Generation of Heroines in ‘Star Wars’

Star Wars is a franchise that has lived and transcended generations. The cultural phenomenon began way back in 1977 and now, after 40 years, the excitement for this seemingly unending franchise is even stronger. The question is, what was it that made this science-fiction space opera resonate with so many people? Was it the lore of the story, was it the music, was it the characters? I believe there was a collaboration of all of these different aspects but the characters were a huge part of why A New Hope 40 years ago became such a global hit.

You had Luke, the simple farm boy who wanted to explore the stars and follow in the footsteps of his “dead” father. Then there was Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi, the wise mentor. You had the rascally Han Solo, a scoundrel at first meeting but a hero at heart.

And finally you have Princess Leia, which this post is dedicated to.

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At the time of A New Hope princesses were usually thought of as damsels in distress that needed rescuing . Princess Leia rewrote that narrative. Princess Leia didn’t run screaming from the stormtroopers, she shot at them. Princess Leia didn’t whimper in the face of Darth Vader, she patronized him. She did the exact opposite of nearly everything that was expected, except fall for the “prince” which in this case would be Luke Skywalker.

She was one of the pioneers of all the strong women you have in film today. Throughout A New Hope she never played the role of damsel in distress. And yes, she was rescued, but she didn’t treat her rescuers like they were “her heroes.” She instead told them off for not coming up with a better escape plan. Ha! I love it. 🙂

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Why I Believe Marvel Movies Are Better Than DC Movies

For the past five years there have been five DC films and thirteen! Marvel films (ten of the thirteen Marvel films I have enjoyed immensely.) But it’s not the fact that Marvel has twenty and counting movies under their belt that makes them a better franchise all around but DC seems to willingly want to keep their franchise less liked by constantly cranking out mediocre superhero movies. I mean, let’s think about the comparisons of the two superhero franchises.

Marvel’s First Movie: Iron Man

Iron Man came out ten years ago and, for the most part, it was a good movie. Yeah it’s now available for free on subscription services like Hulu and Amazon Prime but that’s not because it’s essentially a bad movie. It’s just old. A movie featuring a character like Tony Stark’s Iron Man could’ve easily been a flop but with the genius casting of Robert Downey Jr. he managed to make the movie not only enjoyable but a global success.

Marvel’s first movie was a home run and an exciting precursor for what was to come.

DC’s First Movie: Man of Steel

Man of Steel, on the other hand, was an entirely different story.  This is the first movie that the new DC universe debuted to the world and it was not getting the excited buzz that Iron Man had obtained five years before.

So, what’s the difference between these two debut films? Why did Iron Man work where Man of Steel failed? Well, first off, Iron Man was a better executed movie. It conveyed a story that people could comprehend and when you have a character who’s as lovable as Tony Stark you can’t help but enjoy the movie more. I hadn’t even seen Iron Man and Iron Man 2 all the way through as a child and he had become my favorite superhero because he was that cool.

With Man of Steel I didn’t get that same love for Superman as I did for Iron Man. I enjoyed the movie but I didn’t love the superhero. I think that’s the difference. If Henry Cavill could’ve made Clark Kent as lovable as Robert Downey Jr. did with Tony Stark people would’ve probably met the movie with more praise than criticism.

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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 Jedi library 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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Luke Skywalker is the First True Jedi

One of the lines in Star Wars that has always confused me is something that Yoda told Luke once when he was training him on Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back. Luke wanted to know how he could distinguish the good guys from the bad guys and Yoda said he would know if he was calm and at peace with himself. Then he said: “The Force is used for knowledge and defense. Never for attack.” Now, while this was an interesting idea that the Jedi supposedly believed in they didn’t exactly follow through that concept with their actions. I mean think about it, for decades the Jedi used violence to try to keep “peace and order” in the galaxy but their ways only begot more war, more enemies, and more suffering. In The Clone Wars Obi-Wan’s former lady friend, Duchess Satine Kryze, confronted him with this truth.

Duchess Satine Kryze

Duchess Satine was the ruler of the once war-torn world of Mandalore and instead of joining either the Separatists or the Republic she decided to keep her world a neutral zone, for she wanted to keep her planet out of the conflict and remain as a peaceful nation. On a diplomatic mission to Coruscant with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker joining her for protection she told Obi-Wan how she felt about the Jedi’s ways.

The Jedi were supposedly the guardians of the galaxy (I’m not trying to actually reference Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.) The inhabitants of the universe looked up to the Jedi Order to save them from the Separatists but the Jedi didn’t even try to achieve peace by fighting war with harmless negotiating. They solved every problem, every crisis, with violence and Satine didn’t believe in that. In her eyes the Jedi were just robed hypocrites using their religion to belittle others and claim dominion over the weak while spouting “wisdom” about the Force and destiny to glorify their violent reasoning to save the galaxy.

The Jedi were so blinded by their own power that they didn’t even sense the ruler of the Republic (who was a Sith lord!) manipulating every event to his own eventual dominion because there was just no way the Jedi could be beaten.

So, long story short, the Jedi were nearly wiped from existence and Yoda and Obi-Wan went into exile, waiting for a new hope to restore order to the galaxy.

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‘Maleficent’ Is a Gorgeous but Boring Movie

I missed seeing Disney’s Maleficent four years ago and chose to watch Edge of Tomorrow instead. I’m glad I did. I finally got the chance to watch it yesterday and I can honestly say it was not what I was expecting, and I don’t mean that in a good way.

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Angelina Jolie is the perfect actress to play the role of the anti-hero, Maleficent. She’s fierce and conniving, benevolent and caring, but she also looks the part immensely. I mean look at those cheekbones! Amazing. But she’s about all that was good about the film.

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Maleficent is literally the story of Sleeping Beauty but this movie changes the narrative as we get to see the fairy tale told through Maleficent’s eyes. After being betrayed by the man Maleficent thought truly loved her she cursed his daughter to fall asleep on the night before her sixteenth birthday by pricking her finger on a spindle’s wheel. And the only way she could be woken was through true love’s kiss, which she believed didn’t exist, so the girl would sleep for eternity.

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