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My Mother’s Ranking of the ‘Star Wars’ Films

As you can probably tell from my blog I. Love. Star Wars! I’ve loved Star Wars ever since I was a baby girl and now, with Disney acquiring Lucasfilm, my love for the franchise has grown even more. And that has appeared to happen with my mother as well.

My mommy has never been an avid Star Wars fan. She knows about the movies but she has never really cared about the films or the characters…until recently. After The Force Awakens my mother has actually started to pay attention to these films and it’s kind of really awesome. So, today, I asked my mommy how she ranked the Star Wars films and I’m here to share her answer with you all. Enjoy!

1. The Force Awakens

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My mommy isn’t a fan of going to the movie theaters because, in her words, it’s just an expensive nap but when we sent to see The Force Awakens for the first time my mommy enjoyed it so much that she was willing to watch it with us at the movie theaters again the very next day. Over the years my mother has watched the film numerous times and it has become her favorite Star Wars movie because it’s the only one she actually has seen all the way through more than once. She loves the characters, she loves the story, and it’s a good movie.

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Should ‘Episode IX’ Be Split Into Two Movies?

Episode IX has started filming (*squeal*) and that means before we know it the first teaser featuring the highly-anticipated Star Wars movie will be out for all to see. But recently a very interesting rumor started circling the internet that this Skywalker/Solo saga finale will be split into two parts and when I heard it I got so excited at the thought.

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You see, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were unconventionally placed together because both of these films’ stories take place within a week and a half of each other. J.J Abrams ended The Force Awakens in such an exciting cliffhanger that Rian Johnson, the director and writer of The Last Jedi, wanted to know what happened next so he continued the story from where The Force Awakens left off. It was the first time this had ever happened in Star Wars because both previous trilogies featured sequels that took place years after their predecessors (Attack of the Clones is set ten years after The Phantom MenaceThe Empire Strikes Back is set three years after A New Hope.)

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And The Last Jedi ended with such an intact statement that the story could honestly go anywhere from here on out. It felt more like a finale than a continuation into the next film and that’s where the point of this post comes in.

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My Awesome Magazine Collection

I love collecting awesome Entertainment Weekly magazines that feature covers of my favorite upcoming movies. Last time I wrote this post it was still three weeks away from The Last Jedi arriving in theaters. Since then I’ve added a few new magazines to my collection but those covers I will share at the end of the year as I accumulate more incredible Entertainment Weekly covers. So for now, I’m just reposting this post to jog down memory lane. Enjoy!

My Marvel Movie Collection

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These issues are all in alphabetical order and date back to December 2015. Can you believe that?! So many Marvel movies have come out in that time. You’ve got first looks at Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange. There’s Spider-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor and Black Panther. Oh, let me tell you a little bit about my experience when I got the Thor: Ragnarok issue.

I had seen bits and pieces of Thor: Ragnarok concept art (only of Hela) in the movie news but I had no idea of the changes that would be made to the Asgardian God of Thunder. So imagine my surprise when I get my Entertainment Weekly that week and saw Thor with his short hairdo, wielding two swords, and flanked by these two AWESOME looking women. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen with Thor and I practically exploded with excitement. It was a great day.

To revisit these issues brings me so much joy as I think about the excitement I obtained with every collection.

So out of these eight marvelous covers I broke it down to the four I like the best. Here they are.

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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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The Originality of a Space Battle in ‘The Last Jedi’

The Last Jedi was about as unconventional a Star Wars movie as you can get. Yes, it had lightsabers and Jedi, space battles and conversations of the Force, but Rian Johnson changed a lot about the way we view these movies. He took a more ethical approach to the entire story of Star Wars which led to a complex but satisfying sequel rather than just creating a fun action movie. One of those striking elements of the movie that he made his own happened to be the very first scene in The Last Jedi; the space battle.

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Space battles have always been a huge staple of Star Wars. In fact, the first scene ever to appear in a Star Wars film involved a space battle! That’s how important they are. Every Star Wars movie that there has been has had at least one space battle in it and The Last Jedi was thankfully not an exception…but Rian Johnson made sure to put his own spin on it.

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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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Will There Ever Be a Cooler ‘Star Wars’ Heroine Than Rey?

Before Rey it didn’t seem like there would ever be a Star Wars heroine that’s even cooler than Princess Leia. Leia was the entire package. She was strong-willed and heroic; the definition of a perfect heroine. Then Rey arrived and I knew I immediately liked her. Not only was she strong-willed and heroic like but she was also Leia but she was also able to take care of herself in ways we had never seen from Leia. And then she became a Jedi! Mind blown.

So, can she ever be dethroned as Star Wars’ coolest heroine? I honestly don’t know. There are so many types of heroes. There was Jyn Erso, the leader of the rebels who stole the Death Star plans. Qi’Ra is a hero/villain who can switch identities and allegiances on a whim. Rose is a hero with a super lovable disposition. Amilyn Holdo is a fierce Admiral who will be obeyed unless you want to pay the consequences. I don’t know the Star Wars: Rebels heroines but I’m sure they are just as cool.

I frankly think that Rey is literally a perfect heroine. Everything about her is 100% awesome but there are plenty of women in cinema who are great heroines. Sarah Connor, Wonder Woman, Storm, etc. If those type of women could be portrayed as Jedi or simply fierce warriors in Star Wars they might seriously give Rey a run for her money.

Until then Rey has my #1 spot on the Star Wars heroine list and I just can’t wait to see her in Episode IX.