So yesterday I watched Rogue One and it was fantastic, to say the least. But then as the credits were rolling I thought to myself, what are the moments in Star Wars that always brings a tear to my eye, from either the sheer happiness I feel for the moment or the immense sadness that the situation entails. Great Star Wars films are like emotional rollercoasters, that’s why they’re so enjoyable. There are certain times in the movies that can make me the happiest person on Earth while there are other moments that can literally leave me in a bath of tears. And so, here are the five instances in Star Wars that happen to always make me at least a little emotional.
I love Star Wars for so many reasons. I love the stories, I love the action, I love the environment, and I absolutely love the characters. And of course, each character has their own special style and part of that style is their hair. So, on that note, here are my six favorite Star Wars hairstyles.
6. Qui-Gon Jin
Qui-Gon is cool for so many different reasons and one of those reasons is his impeccable hairstyle. First of all, it’s totally a look that I would imagine a Jedi Master having. It’s simple yet elegant in a way, it has this kind of Samurai warrior vibe which is totally sensible considering that George Lucas’s inspiration for the Jedi was from Samurai, and it perfectly defines Qui-Gon. He’s also the only character in Star Wars, so far, with a hairstyle like this. Now I think Rey is going to go a little Qui-Gon on everyone with her new look but that’s a whole other topic.
However, at the moment Qui-Gon Jin has the coolest hairstyle as a Jedi so far.
When Disney bought LucasFilm back in 2012 I was skeptical. Star Wars is such an iconic, serious franchise that the thought of the company who’s known for making children movies like Cinderella taking it over was slightly worrying. And then when they announced that would be making Star Wars movies I was even more frightened. Would Disney ruin Star Wars forever? Fast forward five years and Star Wars has become the most exciting event of the year for me. The movies have been spectacular, the characters have been memorable and wonderful, and Star Wars is once again a franchise worth loving again.
One of LucasFilm’s genius ideas was to, this time around, create these Star Wars stories as sort of intermission movies between the new trilogy and so far it’s been a huge success. Rogue One seemed like an interesting idea and boy was it great. Never before has there been a Star Wars film as gritty and dire as Rogue One. It hurdled boundaries and was a great introduction to this new concept of Star Wars films. In fact, it’s my third favorite Star Wars movie behind The Empire Strikes Back and The Force Awakens.
Now a young Han Solo film is still in the works and it’s rumored that the third standalone Star Wars film will be an Obi-Wan centered flick (YAY!) that’ll come out in 2020. If so that would be great but this is the only problem with that. If there truly is an Obi-Wan Star Wars story I’m pretty certain it’ll be about his years after Revenge of the Sith. That would mean every one of these Star Wars stories will have been made in the timeline between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Either LucasFilm is just really fascinated with that time period or there’s a serious lack of imagination going on. So, on that note, here are four Star Wars stories that I think would be fun to watch and would shake up the content that’s being provided right now.
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.
It’s a great time to be a female fan of Star Wars. Not only has the franchise been rebooted in the best possible way but there are also so many new, strong female characters to follow and enjoy. Now that LucasFilm has released a new series called Forces of Destiny which focuses on the women of Star Wars I decided to write a post about my favorite ladies of the galaxy. Here are my top ten favorite women of Star Wars.
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.
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.
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.
I have just recently watched the new Wonder Woman movie and I’m proud to say…it was awesome!!! Now as a young woman for years I have had to watch men be the heroes. Yeah, there were a few women around in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but they weren’t the ones to save the day. They were just part of the team and would probably never get their own movie. That’s why Star Wars has been so much fun to watch. When the galaxy needed saving I had the pleasure watching Jyn and Rey kick butt, take care of themselves, and be important role models to everyone around the world. In the superhero world, there weren’t any super powerful women. And even though Wonder Woman appeared briefly in Batman vs. Superman she still was just a sidekick, a part of a team. Well, she isn’t anymore. She is now front and center and is the new hero of superhero movies throughout Marvel and DC Comics.
I have to say, I was a little skeptical. When I saw all of the raving reviews I was excited but not convinced. What if these reviewers were saying it was good but really it was actually kind of terrible? What if was good to some people but I wouldn’t like it? I’m so happy that wasn’t the case. From the very beginning, I was engaged.
Wonder Woman’s homeland of Themyscira was breathtakingly serene and gorgeous. The story was engaging. And the Amazonians were amazing. They were diverse, strong, beautiful women who were ready to fight and defend themselves at any moment. It was amazing looking around the fictional world and seeing only women. There weren’t any men anywhere! I was beaming inside.
Then Chris Pine’s character, Steve Trevor, showed up and everything took a turn for the worse (and I don’t mean that in a bad way.) There was an epic battle upon the beach of Themyscira full of butt-kicking women, bows and arrows, and horses. Did I say it was epic? After the action sequence, Diana began to follow her destiny and her story truly began.
There were many awe-inspiring moments. One, in fact, was when she had to face a battalion of soldiers and it was so incredible it nearly brought me to tears. The visuals of seeing a woman be that powerful and that heroic is something I have never seen before in a movie. She jumped into the fray against all odds, her male companions had to follow her advance, it truly was a beautiful sight. And the choreography was very impressive. It was so fluid and perfect that I just have to applause Patty Jenkins for the incredible job that she did. I can tell she really put her heart and soul into this movie.
I enjoyed the fact that there was actually humor in the film. DC has been getting a lot of backlash for having overly serious, dour movies. I was glad to see them incorporate humor without it feeling forced or worse, for the movie to actually not be funny.
Now the movie isn’t perfect. There were a lot of cliches and slightly predictable moments. One of my least favorite aspects of the movie was the romance between Diana Prince and Steve Trevor.
Yes, I understand they’re supposed to have a love story and I know every DC Comics movie has one but I just felt that it was a little forced. The relationship between her and Steve didn’t seem realistic, it slightly dampened the strength of Diana, and if felt kind of unnecessary at times. Take Rogue One, for example, Jyn and Cassian could’ve easily had a love story but there wasn’t one because it would’ve been unnecessary and would’ve felt forced. That’s why when they died at the end of the film it was actually sad because they had literally just realized they liked each other. When Steve and Diana’s relationship comes to a crossroads I didn’t really care. I had no empathy for the two and was actually very glad about how things turned out. And I am a very sappy person. I’m a fan of love stories so when you mess up one I definitely feel a little offended.
The message the movie sent, however, was very profound and very important to the world we live in now. After all of these terrorist attacks and just crazy things happening it’s nice to go watch a movie that refills you with the hope that there’s something good in this world. And what mother or father doesn’t want to take their daughter to an empowering movie about a powerful woman overcoming some of the greatest odds.
Now if you’re wondering whether it’s appropriate for your children it totally is. There is an awkward conversation about procreation between Diana and Steve, Chris Pine is nude at one point, and there is an intimate kissing scene but besides that, the movie is perfectly okay.
And I’m happy to say there is a plot twist in the movie. One thing I love is when I try to figure out how a movie is going to end and something entirely different happens.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable film that you should definitely take the time to see. Out of a 100, I’ll give it a 93. It’s only because there were some considerable flaws that just couldn’t be overshadowed by the epicness of Wonder Woman in action. It’s undoubtedly the best DC movie so far, without question. And it is the best DC film since The Dark Knight. I’m definitely going to get it on Digital HD when it’s available just to at least watch the action scene on the beach and Wonder Woman in action on loop.
Well, that’s my post. I hope when you watch it you’ll enjoy as much as I did. And to all women and girls, Girl Power!