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A Spoiler-Free Review of Dunkirk

Okay, so the first word that comes to my mind when I think of this movie is wow. I watched Dunkirk for the first time last night and I can honestly say it will go down as one of the most incredible movie experiences I’ve ever had. First of all the movie is very loud so just be prepared. Secondly, it’s very psychological, like all of Christopher Nolan’s movies are. When I left that theater everything I heard, from cars driving by to literally a refrigerator in Target, sounded like the motors of those planes in that movie. Yeah, I was losing my mind for about an hour. Third, it’s official now, Christopher Nolan is my favorite director of all time. He has surpassed the legendary Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Ridley Scott, Alfred Hitchcock, etc. The way he makes movies is mind-boggling. He pours so much thought and effort into making a movie perfect that when you eventually see the result it looks like Dunkirk. If he doesn’t get an Oscar for best director for the stunning job he did on this movie I’ll be utterly flabbergasted.

Now I’m going to talk a little bit about the movie without going into too much detail which is going to be kind of difficult. There are so many things I want to talk about but I’ll have to wait until my post chock full of spoilers to do that. So on that note let me say what I thought about this movie for you folks who haven’t seen it yet.

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Wonder Woman Is The New Hero of the DC Universe

It’s been twelve days since Wonder Woman hit theaters and eight days since I saw it last Tuesday. Last week I wrote a spoiler-free post about the movie. Now that it’s been out for nearly two weeks I think that’s it time for me to truly speak my opinion about the movie, spoilers and all. And so if you haven’t watched the movie I must warn you, there will be major spoilers throughout this post. I hope you enjoy.

My Favorite Moments of the Movie

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One of the reasons I loved this movie so much is because of the incredible action. Wonder Woman already let her presence be known in Batman vs. Superman but this movie really displayed her power and sweet moves. My first favorite scene was when all of the female Amazonian warriors led by Diana’s aunt fought the invaders of Themyscira on the beach. It was breathtakingly incredible. The sight of seeing an all female, strong army was like something out of a dream. And even though there was so much slow motion I didn’t even care. In fact it slightly enhanced the action scenes. When it was over I was already blown away by the movie, and it wasn’t even close to over!

The next scene that blew me away was when Diana Prince crossed No Man’s Land. It was such a powerful moment seeing a woman be in that heroic position instead of a man as always that I was literally almost in tears. And then the action coupled with her fun theme music was epic! I was watching with a stunned expression because it was just so incredible. I already liked Wonder Woman but now I love Wonder Woman.

My Least Favorite Moment

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As good as this movie was there were some mistakes. One of the biggest mistakes was the romance between Steve Trevor and Diana Prince. Now I’m okay with them having a love story but it led to one of the biggest flaws to the entire movie, the final battle between Wonder Woman and the god Ares. Now I loved the surprise factor they provided with the senator actually being the villain but that’s not what was wrong with the fight between the god and goddess. The battle led up to Wonder Woman being helpess and not powerful enough to defeat Ares for the worst twist of the movie to happen. It all came down to Steve Trevor blowing himself up in a plane stuffed with explosives for Diana to be strong enough to beat Ares. That’s not how I imagined Diana becoming the stern, powerful hero she is in Batman vs. Superman. It was actually kind of devestating to find out it took a man for her to be who she is. That completely contradicts with the whole purpose of the movie. That meant Steve was really the hero because if it wasn’t for him she might’ve given in to Ares’ evil wishes. And that is clearly a huge flaw of the entire movie.

Did I get a little teary when it did the small flashback and Steve told Diana he loved her, yes? It still was an unneccesary twist of the movie I didn’t appreciate. And here’s the perfect example to truly show how they could’ve done things differently.

When Rey faced Kylo Ren at the end of The Force Awakens did she need to see Finn get hurt for her to find the inner strength to defeat him? No. She found a way, by herself, to beat Kylo Ren. And that’s why she is such an incredible character and role model to girls. She didn’t need a man to make her strong.

The Things The Movie Did Get Right

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First of all this was the first DC film to actually incorporate humor into the movie successfully. One of the reasons Marvel is such a success is because of the humor in their movies. Now Ant-Man took the humorous aspect a little too far for me but lots of people liked it. Batman vs. Superman and Man of Steel were bashed however for being too dour and people didn’t like it. I found myself chuckling a lot throughout Wonder Woman yet it never waned from being an epic movie.

I also really loved the message it sent, that love is stronger than hate. It was beautiful, especially in this day and age when so many terrible things happen on a daily basis. If more people could hear that message maybe the world could be a better place.

And the cinematography was great. Patty Jenkins did a superb job and kept the look epic throughout the entire movie. I’m so happy a female directed movie about a female superhero is now the best film in the DC Universe so far.

The movie, from a scale of 1 to 100, is a 93. If you haven’t watched it I highly urge you to go see it. You will not be dissapointed in the slightest, even with its few flaws.

Well that’s my post. It’s been a blast to write and I thank you for reading it. Now the next superhero film is Spider-Man: Homecoming and I’m excited to see it this July. I’m hoping it will be as good as this one.

The Best Birthday Ever!

I love movies! I love movies with superheroes. I’m a fan of DC Comics. And I love Wonder Woman. So what’s the perfect way to celebrate my nineteenth birthday? Going to watch Wonder Woman in IMAX. And it was perfect.

First of all, I am a fan of movie theaters because every single one is different. Some are okay, some are really beautiful, and others are just fun to go to. This happened to be a really nice theater.

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This mural is so awesome

As you can see there is a giant mural showcasing classic films. I happened to immediately recognize Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan from one of my favorite comedies, Rush Hour, as well as Dorothy and her companions in The Wizard of Oz. The mural was so large in fact that I wasn’t able to fit it all in the picture I took. So that was the first surprise of the night.

Secondly, of course, were the Wonder Woman posters in the lobby. There was one that was lit up and simply beautiful.

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I really love this poster

And then there was another poster that was so cool I couldn’t resist taking a picture alongside it.

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Here I am posing with the Amazonian Warrior

After that, I got the tickets, got a large tub of popcorn and some water, and went into the theater. Now, this was how perfect my birthday was. I went to a 10:45pm showing of Wonder Woman so twenty minutes before the movie came on it looked like this.

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A completely empty auditorium

I was so excited. So I sat in the empty auditorium with my family for quite a while just enjoying the experience. After a while, a few people did enter the theater as well but it wasn’t near anything close to a quarter full.

Part of the movie theater experience are the trailers. I love seeing trailers in the movies because they are loud, very awesome, and they determine how good the movie you’re about to watch is. So there were a few trailers that were a little boring. There was a trailer for a new movie coming out called Valerian. It’s based on a novel and I have to say, it looked pretty amazing. The colors, the originality, all of it was mind boggling. Then there was, of course, a trailer for The Mummy which is coming out this Friday. It was fun but I’ve seen it a million times on tv so it wasn’t anything to get excited about. There was a trailer for this movie called Kingsman which looked slightly interesting because it just showed a lot of action but no plots for the story. There was a trailer for Transformers and even though it is going to be a CGI-centric film I don’t even care because those Autobots are so impressive in IMAX. And then…there was a special seven-minute preview of Dunkirk.

Now I am a big fan of Christopher Nolan’s movies. They are very intense, very well written, and just very, very good movies. From Inception to Interstellar he creates movies that make you think about life. He even took a superhero film (Batman if you’re not familiar) and turned it into a fantastic rated R, psychedelic, disturbing, dark film that still has not been touched with its brilliance. Heath Ledger’s Joker is beyond scary, he is terrifyingly believable. And his jokes are not funny. Two-Face was once the pride of Gotham City and became a broken man bent on hate and revenge. And then Batman is not your typical hero. He had issues, he wanted to do what was right but was faced with many difficult choices. To this day there has never been a villain, or villains, as carefully written and thought out for any superhero film as The Dark Knight. It was groundbreaking and still is for a matter of fact. So when I heard Christopher Nolan was making a war film I was beyond excited. I’ve seen the commercials but in the movies, let me just say this, you will come away from that movie shaken to the core. I was literally shaking as I watched it. And at one point it got so loud and horribly real I was leaning back in my seat in horrified anticipation. Dunkirk is clearly the film of the summer and, if Hollywood is sensible, will be nominated for Best Picture. It’s that good.

After the trailers finished the IMAX started to count down and I was able to enjoy Wonder Woman. And it was so much fun it was worth every penny. When I left out I was so excited I decided to take another picture.

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Me with my sister

And then even though it was half through one in the morning my family and I went to Waffle House for a late night meal afterward. It was so much fun.

So yes, this was the perfect birthday. I got to go watch a movie that was actually worth seeing and it will be a memory I’ll treasure forever. Thank you for reading my post. If you want to know a little bit more about how I felt about Wonder Woman check out my spoiler-free review. You won’t want to miss it.

 

 

 

My Excitement for Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is coming out this Friday and I am beyond excited. For the last nine years, Marvel has dominated the superhero genre with their incredible storyline that has now spanned fifteen movies. And to their credit, most of the movies are very enjoyable. DC, however, has only in the same amount of time made about five movies. That’s a big difference. And to top it off most of the movies received terrible reviews despite all of the money the movies made. Now I personally enjoyed Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman but they still weren’t up to the standards of Marvel’s nonstop blockbuster machine. Now 2017 has come and I have to admit I am more excited to watch Wonder Woman than two of the Marvel films coming out this year (Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man.)  Here are the reasons why.

DC Comics Have Epic Superheroes

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When you compare the epicness between the two comic superpowers DC Comics will always win. Yes, Marvel has the flashy Iron Man, the heroic Captain America, and the thunder-wielding god Thor but they could never compete with the likes of the shadowy Batman or the immensely powerful but good-natured Superman or the extremely awesome Wonder Woman. Now ever since I learned anything about Wonder Woman I was instantly hooked. She had those bullet-deflecting bracers and the golden lasso of truth. That’s all she needed to win me over. Now she has a sword and a shield and Wonder Woman has reached her most epic incarnation. Even though Batman vs. Superman was a little long and a tad bit annoying at times the best parts of the movie clearly involved Wonder Woman. From when she sparred with Bruce Wayne in a mental contest (she won of course) to when she fought Doomsday like a boss I was thoroughly impressed. On top of that, the actress they chose to be the new Wonder Woman is perfect. Because she is Israeli her accent makes her seem like she could really come from some fictional island of women warriors. And she’s a naturally beautiful woman who embodies the essence of everything Wonder Woman’s supposed to be. Yes, Marvel has great superheroes I have learned to love but DCs’ superheroes will always be more epic.

This Will Be The First Female Superhero Film In Over A Decade

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In a time when Hollywood is trying to be more inclusive, this is the perfect time to have a female superhero get her own film. Black Widow has been part of the Marvel Universe for seven years now. She has proven to be an interesting character in the movies and has grown into one of the most easily recognized heroes in Marvel. And yet she still hasn’t been given her own film yet. In fact, there still won’t be a female superhero-based film for Marvel until 2019! Isn’t that ridiculous? I know they’re trying to get there but they definitely could’ve done something better than they have. DC, however, has not let the poor reviews sway them and decided to invest all of their hopes and efforts into this new Wonder Woman and I can tell. The more I see the commercials for the upcoming film the more excited I’m getting. All I can think when I see those action scenes is this movie is going to be awesome!!! I can’t wait.

And Did I Say It Looked Epic?

Part of the reason why a movie is so enjoyable is the cinematography. A movie can be good but if it looks terrible I won’t watch it for two minutes. Wonder Woman is already proving to be a beautiful movie that’s going to really pop in IMAX. The environments, the fighting sequences, oh I’m getting giddy just thinking about it. I haven’t been this excited for a movie since…The Force Awakens came out which is saying something. And I love that they had a female director be the creative vision behind this film because it only makes sense. Let’s see Wonder Woman through a woman’s eyes instead of a man’s. Let’s see her tell the story of the powerful superhero.

Yes, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 came out earlier this month but they did so much advertising it literally made me not watch the film. I’ll just wait to see it on Google Play. On top of that it looked terrible and surely enough it wasn’t as good as the first one was. In July Spider-Man is coming out but after watching four trailers for it I’m also not that excited. It’s going to be a typical Spider-Man movie except Peter Parker is actually being played by someone who looks like a teenager, Iron Man is in it (which is really the only reason I’m excited about the movie,) and it’s a Marvel movie so I know it’s going to be enjoyable. It doesn’t, however, scream epic or the best Marvel movie ever made. It’s just going to be a decent superhero blockbuster that’ll make people laugh and make people happy.

Wonder Woman is going to be an epic movie and it’s going to give even the best Marvel movies a run for their money. In fact, it’ll probably be better than ninety percent of the Marvel films that have come out. That’s why I’m excited to see this movie.

Well, that’s my post. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it on this fine day wherever you are in the world. And if you’re a woman or girl and is just as excited as me to watch this film I say to you Girl Power!

What I Think About The Lego Batman Movie

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The Lego Movie was great because it was hilarious. I mean it was a very, very funny movie. From the comical song “Everything Is Awesome” to the Milennium Falcon showing up with Lando, C-3PO and Chewbacca trying to find Naboo so they could go to a party. And yes, Batman was the funniest character in The Lego movie with his grumpy personality and his “sweet” ninja moves. This is the thing though. While I watched The Lego Movie I never felt like I was watching a children’s film. Yes it was an animated movie and yes it was for children but even I could enjoy it at the age of fifteen. With The Lego Batman Movie I couldn’t and let me explain why.

It has been three years later and I am much older and mature than at the time The Lego Movie came out but that’s not the reason I didn’t enjoy this movie as much. It just wasn’t as inventive and genius as The Lego Movie. For the first, I’d say twenty or so minutes, the only main characters in the movie were Batman, The Joker, and a little bit of his butler, Alfred, and I have to say this was when the movie was at its best. Batman is so funny. I was chuckling throughout the entire first section of the movie. In fact there was one part that was so funny it literally brought tears to my eyes. Then the other characters came into the mix such as Robin and the new commissioner Gordon/Batgirl and the movie began to decline rapidly.

The jokes, which at the beginning of the film, were smart and hilarious became corny and not that great. The story ended up going in circles about family and Batman not wanting to bring the notion of a family back into his life because he was afraid to lose people who are close to him again. It was the longest hour and forty-seven minute movie I’ve ever watched…and I don’t mean that in a good way. For at least an hour of the movie I knew exactly how it was going to finish but it took way too long to get to the point. At the end it seemed like the writers were trying to squeeze tears out of the audience with this too long sentimental moment that had me sighing in exasperation. When the movie ended and the credits came on I was so relieved. I was like, “Yes, the movie’s finally over!”

Another thing this movie missed were the songs. I was getting a serious Rocky IV vibe from this movie and I’ll tell you why. Rocky III has one of the best movie songs ever with “Eye of the Tiger.” That song was so good that Rocky IV tried to do the same thing and had, I think, three songs. The songs for Rocky IV however were very corny. Unfortunately that’s what happened with The Lego Batman Movie. “Everything Is Awesome” was such a perfect song for The Lego Movie that they tried to make some good songs for The Lego Batman Movie and ultimately failed. Now Batman had his own theme song which I will say is very funny and should have been the only song in the movie. Alas they went overboard with the music and therefore lost me in that category as well.

Now I will say the animation was spectacular. The action scenes were amazing and really had me nodding my head in appreciation. I watched it in a regular theater but I definitely see why it was put in IMAX. That category of the movie was spot on.

Even though I didn’t like the movie as much I still think it’s a great children’s movie. It really explained the value of family and I always think it’s nice when a children’s movie or tv show teaches an important life lesson. This movie would definitely be an A+ for children between the ages of three and eight years old. Older children might not enjoy it as much but I’m sure they’ll still love it. This movie is definitely not catered to people eleven years old and up. It’s just a little too corny. If you have young children though I highly recommend you take them to this film. They will have a splendid time.

This is how stark the contrast was for me and the type of movies I usually watch. The last movie I watched in the movies was Rogue One. Yeah, the movie where everyone on the poster died. That’s a lot different from The Lego Batman Movie. Now I’m not saying I don’t like PG movies. I watched Zootopia last year (congratulations on the Oscar by the way) and I loved it. I loved how they really brought to mind how animals would live if they lived like us. And the area where the mice resided was genius and hilarious. I also watched Frozen and I loved that film as well. Who doesn’t love Frozen though? I haven’t seen Moana yet but one day I will definitely watch it because I do enjoy Disney’s animated films. The Lego Batman Movie just happened to be one of those films where the content was too young for me.

Lego Batman is once again the highlight of the film. He is so funny that I kind of like him more than Ben Aflleck’s version of Batman. Sorry Ben but you’ve got to step it up. If the movie had solely been about Batman and there weren’t any sidekicks I have no doubt it would’ve been much more enjoyable. Unfortunately that was not the case so I give this film a solid B.

Well that’s my opinion on The Lego Batman Movie. Thank you for reading my review. Be sure to come back tomorrow because I will be talking about the new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. Until then I hope you have a great day.

Why I Love My Local Indie Theater

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I love movie theaters because every single one is different. The AMC theater in Times Square is nothing like the theater in Disney World. Two theaters under the same franchise in the same town can be completely different. So when I went to my local indie theater for the first time to watch a beautiful documentary called The Eagle Huntress I was excited. What would a small theater that only plays indie films be like? I was pleasantly surprised. At the ticket counter unlike regular movie theaters there are special shirts specifically for the theater that you can buy. The popcorn bag sizes are cute and petite compared to the usual giant bags of popcorn. The soft drink sizes are also a lot more reasonable than a small soda you would get at AMC. There was local candy that I could get as well as the normal M&M’s.

The service was great; everyone was very friendly and helpful. That’s something you don’t experience in regular movie theaters. The theater only had three studios but they were very impressive. Two of the studios were large enough to fit about sixty people while the third studio that I went to could only hold about thirty people. The studios and the theater’s bathroom were very clean which is always nice.

As nice as this theater was I still love regular theaters because that’s where you can go see blockbusters in IMAX which is one of my favorite things to do. It’s refreshing to watch indie films though because they aren’t like blockbusters where something is exploding every twenty or so minutes. They instead are good movies that you really have to listen to which I love. If it wasn’t for my local indie theater I would’ve never known about Ahshopan’s great story in The Eagle Huntress. I can’t wait to go back to see another wonderful documentary or a movie that engages you in its quiet storytelling.

I will always love IMAX theaters for the wonderful memories they have given me all of these years but my local indie theater now has a special place in my heart.

My Review of Rogue One

Spoiler Alert

This post will contain spoilers so if you don’t want to know any details please do not read any further. I hope you enjoy and happy new year!

The New Locations

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I love that this movie showed us six brand new worlds that we’ve never seen before in Star Wars. There was the planet where Galen and his family resided, the Rings of Kafrene, Wobani, an imperial labor camp, Jedha, home to the last Jedi temple, Eadu, and Scarif. Even though it was brief my favorite new location was the trading outpost at the Rings of Kafrene. The concept of a small city placed in between two asteroids is amazing. I hope the next Star Wars has cool, original locations like Rogue One did.

The Return of Grand Moff Tarkin

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Having Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One was brilliant! The CGI used for him wasn’t the best but putting him in the movie was a great move because it cemented this film in the timeline of Star Wars. He was the best surprise of the movie and to me, was the real villain. Krennic was just the angry puppet. This also shows that Disney can bring any character back to the big screen.

The Action in Rogue One

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This movie was full of intense action that was superb in IMAX. The part where the rebels start fighting the stormtroopers in the city on Jedha is one of the many great action sequences. There were so many fantastically loud explosions and so much commotion it’ll take me a while to see everything that happened at that part. One of my favorite pieces in that sequence is when the walker came through the streets firing at everything in sight. That was really cool! This long action scene also allowed Jyn to show off her very impressive skills. Having Chirrut and Baze finish off that part by having them take down about a dozen stormtroopers was perfect and one of the highlights of the film to me.

The part when the Death Star blows up Jedha is my favorite part of the movie. I’ve always wanted to know just exactly what’s it like for the people on the surface of the planets that get annihilated. The Force Awakens gave a slight hint of how horrifying it is but Rogue One really elaborated on that terrible experience. I love when Bodhi is looking and there’s that giant cloud of huge chunks of rock and dirt coming towards them. When they barely escape and they show the space shot where the fire and dirt is reaching up into space all I could say was “Wow.” That part was jaw dropping in IMAX.

The action on Eadu was okay. I loved when Chirrut turned his stick into a crossbow and shot down that tie fighter. That was awesome. Baze protecting Jyn and Cassian from the droves of stormtroopers emerging from the facility in his perch on the rocks was another amazing part. I think he has the coolest gun that I have ever seen in Star Wars.

The space battle was fantastic. I loved how several times throughout the battle the camera had you in a cockpit flying alongside the other X-Wings. At those moments in IMAX it kind of felt like Star Tours at Disney World except without the moving seats. This was, for me, the best space battle out of all the Star Wars films.

The greatest part of the action on the surface of Scarif was when Chirrut, Baze, and the rebels are busy fighting the stormtroopers and that giant AT-ACT appeared out of the smoke. That was another one of those beautiful shots that enhanced the film because it truly showed how difficult it is to fight against the Empire.

The Unfortunate (and not so unfortunate) Demise of Everyone in Rogue One

pao-main_1588acf7 It’s sad because everyone died in this Star Wars film. K-2SO’s death was one I was not expecting. Before I had watched the movie I had predicted that he would undoubtedly live. A main droid has never gotten killed in a Star Wars movie so why would he? As I watched him riddled with blast holes from the horde of approaching stormtroopers I remember thinking, “Oh my goodness. He’s going to die.” And he did which was horrible.

Chirrut’s death was just as saddening. I really hoped he wouldn’t die because he was so cool. At first when he miraculously reached that switch I was so happy because he made it without getting shot. Then when he got knocked forward by that explosion as he was walking back to the ship I was shocked. At least he got to say goodbye to his best friend Baze but it was still sad.

Bodhi’s death was sudden and not that depressing. I wished they could’ve made his death a little more memorable.

Baze’s death was at least better than Bodhi’s. He shot Death Trooper after Death Trooper while taking blasts of his own. Unfortunately the last trooper he took down still had a ticking grenade in his hand and he became the third person to fall to an explosion. Fourth if you count Galen Erso on Eadu. The writers definitely weren’t trying to get creative with their individual deaths. They just decided to have each of them get blown up.

Director Krennic’s demise was well deserved. I loved when he looked up after getting shot and saw the Death Star in the sky. The weapon’s destruction that he thought was so beautiful was going to be his doom. He got the ultimate karma.

Jyn and Cassian’s death of course is the grimmest. The prequel trilogy tried to tell the love story between Anakin and Padme but thanks to bad acting and a terrible script when everything crumbles for them it’s not even close to sad. The romantic arc between Jyn and Cassian is perfectly written because it never feels forced or unnecessary. When they’re taking that elevator ride down to the beach they both realize like each other a whole lot. Their fate is unfortunately sealed however when the Death Star fires on the base. When they’re hugging each other on the beach and the bright light washes over them it’s a very solemn moment. I really hope the next Star Wars doesn’t have as high a death count.

Darth Vader is Back!

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It’s been decades since the iconic villain has had any substance in the Star Wars saga. In Rogue One he appeared in only three scenes but his impact on the film lived up to his standards. His first appearance in the movie was fantastic. First of all, Darth Vader has a castle? What?! And it’s on Mustafar?! I loved how Rogue One not only tied itself to A New Hope but it also recognized the prequel trilogy by putting his castle on the planet where he met his gruesome fate. The next time I watch Revenge of the Sith the Mustafar scenes will have an entirely new meaning.

I loved when the door opened and you could see Darth Vader’s shadow on the wall behind Director Krennic. That was a beautiful shot because it showed how nervous Krennic was while also displaying the menacing, awesome presence of the Sith Lord. Their conversation was brief but wonderful. When Darth Vader choked Krennic and then said, “Be careful not to choke on your aspirations” I was so excite Darth Vader was back and just as great as he once was.

The last scene with him was incredible! I remember when I watched it the first time I was wondering why the rebels were so scared. Then when out of the darkness came his iconic breath and blood red lightsaber my eyes widened in gleeful horror. I feel so sorry for those rebels. Darth Vader sliced and force choked his way through them like as if they were nothing. At that moment you realize just how frightening it would be to see Darth Vader if you weren’t a Jedi. I remember when I first heard Darth Vader was going to be in this film I was hoping he would have at least one scene where he would terrorize the rebels. Before this scene came I thought that the movie would end without him doing anything truly substantial. I’m so happy I was wrong. This, for me, is the second best scene with Darth Vader of all the Star Wars films. If him telling Luke that he was his father wasn’t so crucial to the Star Wars saga this would hands down be my favorite scene with him. Let’s hope there will be more standalone films in the future with even more Darth Vader in it.

The Conclusion of Rogue One

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And then when you think the movie can’t possibly get any better they throw a Leia bombshell on everybody. Seeing her at the very end of the movie was so fantastic because not only did it connect Rogue One and A New Hope like a puzzle piece but it showed, once again, that they can do so much with CGI these days. This was the perfect way to end the movie.

I give Rogue One a 95 out of 1oo. There are a few flaws but the story and endearing characters were so flawlessly written into this film that it definitely deserves an A. It also, without a doubt, is the best prequel. The cameos and nods to A New Hope never felt forced or unnecessary and only enriched the story of the 1977 film.

For me this is definitely one of the best Star Wars movies ever made. I can’t say it is the best for the reason that the other Star Wars episodes are just that, episodes. Those movies can’t reveal everything in one film. If the original trilogy could somehow be jammed into one movie it would be a very, very good movie full of plot twists.

Rogue One was such a fantastic entry into the Star Wars universe that I’m now super excited to see the Han Solo movie in 2018. If it’s anything like this film it’s going to be very enjoyable.