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Which Place Is Nicer: Canto Bight or Dryden’s Yacht?

The last two Star Wars films have featured gorgeous locations that feature fancily dressed characters and fascinating aliens. But, between Canto Bight and Dryden’s yacht, First Light, which one would I rather go to on a 5-star Star Wars vacation?

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Canto Bight is a place of beauty and sheer fun. There’s a giant casino, spas, restaurants, it’s basically the nicest place to be in Star Wars. And while it is a very fancy place it wasn’t as amazing as I had expected it to be. It was a beautiful location, there’s no doubt about that, but nothing about Canto Bight really piqued my imagination in the way that I thought it would.

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Now, First Light is gorgeous. The golden colors, the strange looking windows, I’ve never seen a yacht in Star Wars before but it’s kind of amazing.

I’m undoubtedly a fan of First Light way more than a fan of Canto Bight. Maybe that’s because the scenes featuring Canto Bight but it just never hit my wow button even though I thought it would.

Which fancy location do you like more; Canto Bight or First Light? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force be with you.

‘Solo’ vs. ‘The Last Jedi’: Which One Wins?

The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story are the latest installments in the Star Wars franchise and were both surrounded by controversy. The Last Jedi was harangued for its bold narratives that strayed away from the norm, infuriating a decent percentage of Star Wars fans. And Solo was received poorly due to its lackluster marketing, the fact that nobody really wanted to see the movie, and its dismal box-office run that put Lucasfilm on notice (no, we obviously don’t want a Star Wars movie every year.)

While both of these films had their ups and downs they also had their triumphant moments as well. But which of the two movies was better? Well, that’s what I’m here to share with you. Enjoy!

(By the way, this is an extensive post.)

The Major Characters:

Han Solo

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Han Solo is one of the most beloved Star Wars characters for all of the above reasons; he’s awesome. He’s charming, hilarious, heroic, and he’s just a fun guy to watch in this franchise. Solo was no exception.

Alden Ehrenreich took the character and made it his own in an impeccable fashion. He didn’t make me miss Harrison Ford’s rendition of Han Solo and he brought an exciting youth to the character that was perfect for the film. I’ve always liked Han Solo but, now especially after this movie, I love Han Solo.

Rey

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Rey; a powerful heroine who doesn’t let anything (or anyone) dictate what she believes is right. Rey is one of the few characters that I truly look up to because of her incredible strength. I love her vulnerability. It shows that she’s still a human being like everyone else but she constantly finds way to overcome the obstacles set before her in powerful ways.

For years I always dreamed of a female Jedi being the lead in a Star Wars movie and Disney has truly made that dream come true. Daisy Ridley is an awesome actress and she makes this character all the more lovable.

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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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Mirroring Relationships: Han Solo and Qi’Ra/Kylo Ren and Rey

Solo may seem like a pointless prequel that doesn’t bring a lot of meaning to the Star Wars universe but in actuality it’s possibly one of the most important movies in the franchise and this is why:

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Han Solo has always been one of the most important characters in Star Wars but if you look at the original trilogy it clearly seems that the movies revolve around Luke’s story and that Han and Leia are supporting characters. But, with the release of the current trilogy films and the latest installment, Solo, it’s safe to say that Han Solo has become more important than one may have thought a few years ago. Now his storyline truly matters, as it may contain clues and revelations for some of his son’s past, present, and future actions in the Star Wars universe.

In fact, during my latest viewing of Solo I realized that the relationship between Han and Qi’Ra is loosely similar to Kylo Ren and Rey’s companionship. This is why.

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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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Kylo Ren and Anakin Skywalker Basically Have the Same Outfit

I’ve already written a post displaying how similar Kylo Ren and Anakin Skywalker are to each other but once again I’ve found another blaring example of how the creative minds behind this current trilogy are pushing that idea in even the way Kylo dresses.

In The Last Jedi we see Kylo Ren sporting a new outfit, one with a shorter vest rather than the long robe he was wearing in The Force Awakens over a long sleeved shirt. There’s also a parting near the bottom of the vest which makes it a tad bit fancier than a simple vest.

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Anakin Skywalker has the same style going on. The long sleeved shirt, the vest with that fancy parting at the bottom beneath the belt. Even the pants and the nearly-knee high boots. It’s kind of astonishing.

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I Didn’t Know It But Rey Has Already Gone to the Dark Side Once

One of the biggest aspects to a Jedi’s story in a Star Wars film is their struggle of resisting the temptation toward the dark side. Anakin tried to resist the pull of the dark side for two movies straight but ultimately failed. And Luke also was tempted by the dark side of the Force on numerous occasions but was able to suppress those urges. And now there’s Rey.

She’s the galaxy’s next hope of defeating Kylo Ren and the First Order but to do that she must remain, well, good. That seems easy right? Wrong. Rey isn’t your typical Jedi. She doesn’t exactly follow the Jedi “code” and she kind of just wings it rather than basing her decisions off of what the Jedi believe is right. Yeah, she fights with the good guys but she’s much more prone to turn to the dark side than you might expect. In fact, she already has turned to the dark side and it was right beneath our noses. Let me tell you how.

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