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Movie Review; So we don't go to the bad movies!
Topic Started: Feb 17 2008, 07:14 PM (3,083 Views)
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So, Wonder Woman may be my favorite movie so far this year. DC hit it out of the park.
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I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the weekend and was mildly, but pleasantly surprised. It's probably the best Star Wars I've seen since Return of the Jedi, but that's not high praise. (I haven't seen Rogue One yet)
In many ways it's like the opposite of the prequels. The space battle scenes are rather silly and disappointing, the side-stories feel contrived and bolted-on-later, but the main plot and dialogue are ok and the individual fights are good.

Good:
- Luke's "fight" at the end.
- Kylo Ren, both in terms of the acting, and the plot involving him, is much improved.
- Rey/Ren/Snoke's showdown.
- Less prequel-style zaniness, and more genuine attempts at humour. They don't all come off, but most do.
- Luke in general, was well written and acted. Retaining his petulance and impetuousness, but now tempered by experience and skill. They didn't make him a hero, and the fact that he discusses this, in character, was a stroke of genius.

Bad:
- Weird Rebel "bombers" that drop gravity bombs (in space!) at a distance of about 20 metres from their target, and are so slow they could never even escape the explosion from the bombs they "drop".
- [spoiler alert!] The rebel fleet is being chased down, with the Imperial fleet right behind them, yet somehow, the major characters could come and go as they please, even heading of to some casino planet for several days, while this farcical chase continues.
- Not sure there is really room in the story for both Finn and Poe. I think it would have been better to have killed one of them off or spun one of them off into their own film. Neither is really likeable enough or interesting enough to warrant the screen-time given to their side-stories.
- Maybe it's just me getting old, but I can't remember any of the new character's names. Had to look them up on wikipedia to write this review.
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SPOILERS just in case.

There are some people I've seen on the interwebs that thought Luke was out of character. I had to ask them if they had been the original trilogy...I mean, he went after Kylo/Ben in a moment of weakness, just like he almost killed Vader in Jedi. When the going got tough, he went into exile...just like how he cut short his training in Empire to save is friends and just like how Yoda and Obi Wan fled between episodes 3 and 4. He refused to train Rey and screwed with her...just like Yoda did to him in Empire.

I agree with you that they should have killed off Poe or Finn, but I think it should have been done in service of the story - they had a great opportunity for Finn to sacrifice himself and didn't go through with it. The whole Finn/Rose subplot, while it had a thematic point, dragged on for about 15 minutes too long with the only payoff being "hey that kid they helped out is force-sensitive".

Overall, I like it a lot more than some people seem to. There's a lot of hate for this movie, but even though I wouldn't rank it very high on the list of Star Wars movies (ahead of the prequels for sure), I'd rank all the Star Wars movies above most of the stuff that's out there...
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[edit: I've now seen Rogue One. It's good!]
I would put it right in the middle. This would be my ranking:

Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
New Hope
Rogue One

(quite a big gap)

Last Jedi
Force Awakens
Phantom Menace
The other two
...
Christmas Special
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[edit: I've now seen Rogue One. It's good!]
I would put it right in the middle. This would be my ranking:

Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
New Hope
Rogue One

(quite a big gap)

Last Jedi
Force Awakens
Phantom Menace
The other two
...
Christmas Special

Exactly the order I'd put them in.

I have to say, I think they could've done something more with The Last Jedi. There was a few holes that I thought weakened the storyline a bit but over all it was a really good film.
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More recent movies:

BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Visually and thematically great, but the pace just bored me. I kept yelling at the screen for the characters to DO SOMETHING ALREADY

THE DISASTER ARTIST - A fun look into the production of possibly the worst film ever. Engaging characters and good acting all-around, I also liked the smaller roles played by actors I like such as Paul Scheer and Megan Mullaly.

BLACK PANTHER - This is a movie I liked more afterwards than "in the moment" (and it was still good in the moment, but "basic MCU movie" good). Setting aside political and social implications, I liked how some of the fight scenes weren't just effects blowouts, and I really got into most of the characters. Funnily enough, Black Panther himself was the least interesting part of the movie.

ANNIHILATION - I liked it well enough - it's a sci-fi horror movie, not the action movie that it seemed from the trailers. The pace was a little slow, but the visuals were amazing and I got into Natalie Portman's character. There was plenty of "Creepy" factor to keep me interested, although a little bit of dodgy CGI and some overpowering music stings near the end hurt the immersion factor a bit.
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No big action sequences, although there is a very dramatic scene in flashback at the heart of the film. This one is all about the people, and it works. One or two of the bit parts are lacklustre, but the principals do a great job. The use of music is superb.

9/10. Recommended unless you're a die-hard action & special-effects person.
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READY PLAYER ONE - It's my favorite movie of the year! (caveat that I've seen all of three so far...Deadpool, Solo and Infinity War are coming out soon so one of those has a good chance of supplanting it...)

But seriously, I liked this movie a lot. The action scenes were thrilling, the effects were superb and the characters were likeable. My biggest gripe was that things were often a little too convenient...without giving too much away, there would be points where they'd be like "we need character X" and character X would be there. This occurred in both the virtual and real world, so it' not just Video Game Logic at play.
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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR - I'm a sucker for the big blowout movies, and this is the biggest, blowout-iest of the MCU so far. All the action and humor you'd expect, and the characters play off each other well - lots of "new" interactions as some of the characters haven't met others before.

Minor SPOILERS below...

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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR - I'm a sucker for the big blowout movies, and this is the biggest, blowout-iest of the MCU so far. All the action and humor you'd expect, and the characters play off each other well - lots of "new" interactions as some of the characters haven't met others before.

Minor SPOILERS below...

This movie focuses heavily on the villain - I saw one review referring to it as "Thanos: The Movie, guest starring the Avengers." Thanos goes from being "a dude in chair who doesn't do anything" to "an interesting and complex villain." Really fun to watch.
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