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Recent Movie Review Thread

Discussion in 'Pop Culture Board' started by atcmh, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. Rush-O-Matic

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    I really like Rogue One. Solo is just okay for me. But, it's another story in a cinema world that I love. The original trilogy was fantastic and new, offered creatures, worlds and technology no one had seen before. (The next trilogy offered none of the heart and tone of the originals because it focused on the technology, imo)

    But that leads me to Chapter IX, which I saw tonight. I was entertained. It closed the saga that was very important to my childhood. It has flaws - some minor, some major. But, it's another story in the series with creatures and worlds that are unique. IT IS PRETEND WITH PRETEND PEOPLE THAT HAVE LASER BLASTERS, MAGIC POWERS AND SPACESHIPS. So, get off your high horse about
    Palpatine
    . Yes, there is dialogue and plot points of convenience, and it's not a 10/10 movie. But I was happy to enjoy myself and laugh and applaud with other theatre goers.
     
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    There is nothing like the original trilogy. It installed a sense of imagination and wonder in viewers from that era (especially youth) that just wasn’t in movies before it. I watched Return Of The Jedi a couple weeks ago, it is considered the “weakest” of the original three and that film is a non-stop roller coaster ride that has barely aged. It was made in pre-Terminator action filmdom and it delivers the goods again and again like a flawless Saturday matinee blockbuster. It was a perfect ending to a truly classic trilogy: Not as thoughtful, but purely fun and satisfying.
     
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    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Heh. Did you like Return of the Jedi? Want to see a shittier version of it? Here you go. This movie is garbage, as I suspected before I saw it. It might not be as utterly terrible as TLJ, but that isn’t saying much.The movie completely destroys the Star Wars lore and has some truly baffling parts and plot points that were either forced in by some studio exec or the product of really bad writing. Rey is Palpatine’s granddaughter. People can just bring each other back to life with the Force. Rey can somehow make her own lightsaber. And man, there are some really awkward attempts at romance that the theater broke out laughing at. I don’t get the praise J.J. Abrams gets, his body of work is pretty mediocre. And the entire idea that Palpatine was still alive the entire time makes the first SIX movies pointless. What was the point of Anakin’s arc then? Overall, it’s a mess and I stand by my contention that Stars Wars overall isn’t that good. A series of 9 (11?) movies cant stand on the shoulders of 1-2 half-decent entries. No wonder Mark Hamill hated it. The only saving grace was the annoying Asian chick from TLJ was relegated to the background, Jar Jar-style.

    2/10
     
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    I agree with most everything you wrote. I am going again tonight.

    Oh, you left out that the editing is really bad.
     
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    I also forgot:

    That there really isn’t a Skywalker that rises. Rey just decides at the end that her name is Skywalker.
     
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    Rise of Skywalker: Life-long fan here. Fucking loved it.
     
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    It's better the second time. I quite enjoyed it. Now that I've seen the silly things and plot issues, I got to just enjoy the worlds and comedy and action and effects and music and all that.
     
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    I caught a matinee of the Star Wars today. I enjoyed it a lot. There were issues. But it’s a movie about space wizards that use laser swords, so o have already suspended belief about their powers.

    I thought the biggest issue was the pacing in the first half. The plot didn’t really flow. It felt forced. Almost as if it was created in the editing room.

    I wish they had not revealed that chewy was alive so quickly. I think it would have been better for both the viewer and the plot. Maybe give her some dark thoughts? More anger? Etc.

    It didn’t bother me that she was a Palpatine. It didn’t bother me that Jedis can use their energy to heal. It also didn’t bother me that Palpatine was a vampire.

    I thought the best part was the C3PO joke about his oldest friend.
     
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    John Williams as the bartender was funny. I didnt pick out Lin Manuel Miranda's cameo, even on second viewing.

    The voices of the weakminded storm troopers sounded familiar, but I couldnt place them.
     
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    I know Ed Sheeran was a storm trooper, but his regular voice isnt exactly recognizable.
     
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    I really agree with your spoiler, and I think if they had been a bit ballsier this would have been a much better movie.

    If they had just let Chewy die the Palpatine reveal would have had a lot more punch behind it. Instead Rey's conflict came across as pretty damn weak. Time and again they softened the blow in this movie because everything had to be a nice little feel good moment with a bow wrapped around it. The only one who dies is Kylo Ren and that's only after he redeems himself, and has his hug session with Rey. Well, actually Leia died too, in one of the most random plot turns in cinema history. Was she sick? Did she have cancer? Did she just kinda feel like dying? WTF? Maybe I missed something there.

    The other issue I had was that the action scenes were really dull. I can't think of any action in this movie that was super entertaining, or that fun to watch.

    Shortcomings aside, I did walk away feeling like it was a better movie than I had been led to believe considering the hate getting piled onto it. The prequel trilogy blows this one out of the water though. This whole trilogy felt really unecessary to begin with. I can't help feeling like the franchise would have been better served by getting away from the Skywalkers and telling some Old Republic stories.
     
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    The Mandalorian is better than any recent Star Wars movie (as in the last two decades). It plays off like a neo-Western and plays far from all the “Force” bullshit.
     
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    I forgot to mention a couple things.
    Did anyone find it odd that they played up Finn being in love with Rey for 3 movies and then decided not to address it at all at the end? Also, the spy's motives - what were they exactly? He needs Kylo Ren to lose. Ok, why?

    Why bring these things up just to forget about them?
     
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    The spy wanted control of the empire. He and Kylo had not gotten along in the two previous movies and he was number 2

    Finn met a black chick. Then he didn’t love Rey any longer. This is Disney. There will be no interracial loving.
     
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    I thought more about my issues with the clumsiness of the first halftoday
    it was like a bad version of The DaVinci Code. We have to find the knife, decode the knife, then find the throne that finds the pyramid that finds syth planet all while Kylo Ren is 15 feet behind us. So we have to keep having mini battles with him. The way it flowed just didn’t work. Which is why I thought it was conceived on the editing room floor.
    I’m going 6/10. I was entertained. I would watch it again.

    This is my ranking:
    The Empire Strikes Back
    A new hope
    Rogue One
    Return of the Jedi
    Revenge of the Sith
    The Last Jedi
    Rise of the Skywalker
    The Force Awakens
    An elbow deep prostate exam
    The Phantom Menace
    Attack of The Clones
    Solo
     
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    Were it only possible, I would put Attack Of The Clones about thirty thousand films underneath the Ewoks movies.
     
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    I would rank them:

    The Empire Strikes Back
    Revenge of the Sith
    Return of the Jedi
    A New Hope
    Attack of the Clones
    Phantom Mentance
    Rise of Skywalker
    The Last Jedi
    The Force Awakens (They should change the title to "Durrr it's a SUPER death star!")

    I'm just not that big on fan service moments, and beyond that what does the new trilogy have to offer?

    The prequels had some things that were sorely lacking in the new trilogy.

    - good action
    - characters more interesting than decomposing dog shit
    - evil plans better though out than "surrender or go boom"

    When there is a confrontation in the prequels it feels worthwhile and like it has been built up to. When there is a confrontation in the new triology I don't know if they're going to fight, or kiss and hug.

    Case in point: Yoda vs Palpatine. You don't get scenes like this in the new movies.

     
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    I saw it tonight. Here’s my spoiler-free review.

    The most memorable scene for me is one where a group of people is walking away from the millennium falcon and toward the top of a ridge. Because GOD DAMN those two to three seconds were some of, if not the worst looking, in the entire franchise.

    Now...
    I liked this one better than TLJ because that movie sucked ass, and this one has FUCKIN’ WEDGE in it. Wedge is the magic that brings the Star Wars universe to life.
     
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    Luke made his own in between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, so this didn't bother me so much, especially given that it's in the epilogue and any amount of time/training could have gone by. Speaking of, they have Anakin's saber (which they never explained how it was recovered from Bespin), and Leia's saber (which has never been referenced before), but Luke's saber is nowhere to be found. Luke's should be the most accessible saber (Anakin's lost on Bespin, Vader's lost in the Death Star II, Obi-Wan's somewhere in Vader's possession and likely lost as well), and yet it never shows up. Are we to assume he just chucked it in the ocean when he went all hermit and Rey didn't bother to recover it at the time she recovered the X-Wing?
     
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    Next to Parasite, this is a close contender for best movie of the year. So of course it was completely snubbed for the Oscars.

    That’s fucking pathetic. The Academy is FUCKING PATHETIC. Of Joker was a good movie? The Lighthouse is far better. Oh, Joker has great acting? The acting in the Lighthouse was FAR BETTER. Defoe was better than anybody in any film this year, instead let’s nominate Tom Hanks for a basically tailor-made role.