Movie Review: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

Movie Review

One of the biggest films of the tear comes right before we enter 2018. Star Wars – The Last Jedi has created a ton of buzz with a lot of money. In its opening weekend, the film grossed $529 million in revenue. In addition to its enormous amount of revenue, the critics show the franchise some love with this film. Rotten Tomatoes has given it a 92% fresh out of 100%. Here are a few key takeaways from the film (without any spoilers) that will make you want to go see it this holiday season.

 

Critic’s Reaction

Critics are loving this installment of the Disney owned franchise because it pays respect to the series yet builds more upon it like never before. Many are saying that there are many unexpected turns that are giving fans something to talk about. A major reason why critics are giving well-rounded reviews is that it has the ability to entertain those who love the franchise and those who are unfamiliar with the previous films as well. They are also calling the film electric and is the perfect winter flick to see in theaters.

 

The Plot

This installment of the series picks up right where “The Force Awakens” dropped off two years ago. The actual plot itself is a bit tangled but from a broader view, you understand the adversity between the two groups. The performers within the film guide you through the subtle nuances that make the story so tangled. The director, Rian Johnson, stays true to the series’ rules and expectations while adding another layer to the story. The inherent good versus evil is still apparent while adding more to the story.

Manohla Dargis of the New York Times wrote, “ Even so, he [Rian Johnson] has to convince you that these searching, burgeoning heroes and villains fit together emotionally, not simply on a Lucasfilm whiteboard and that they have the requisite lightness and heaviness, the ineffable spirit and grandeur to reinvigorate a pop-cultural juggernaut.”

Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley are stellar in their second LucasFilm movie. Mark Hamill also returns to help push the story forward as well.

If you are a diehard Star Wars fan, or you want a good film to see in theaters this holiday season, The Last Jedi is worth the watch.

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Dunkirk: Movie Review

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Dunkirk is creating a quite the blockbuster buzz amongst moviegoers and critics. This summer flick is directed by Christopher Nolan and gives a breath of fresh air to the war drama genre with the nonlinear plot line. The groundbreaking film is a visual masterpiece that gives you a perspective of war from land, sea, and air. Dunkirk is rejuvenating and reinventing the war genre where “Saving Private Ryan” left off.

The Critics

With a 93 percent freshness on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is being praised by everyone in the theater’s seats. Critics are raving over Nolan’s direction to stray away from a character driven-plot and rather chose to focus on the idea of pure human survival. Many of the characters are nameless until the end credits. The film is unsympathetic to the personal backstories of these big name actors. To many critics, they felt surprised that Nolan chose this route because he is a director known for a strong backstory.

Some even say that this is may be the first virtual reality film. Many of the shots in the film make the viewer feel literally in position with the other soldiers. It is made to make the viewer “fill-in-the -blanks” in terms of character’s stories. The story is in your own experience upon viewing the movie.

The Actors

Even with little-known information about character’s names or stories, the actors are quite well-known. Tom Hardy, who is a regular in Christopher Nolan’s film, seems to be just another average joe in the film. You can also spot another Nolan veteran, Cillian Murphy adding his finesse to the WWII thriller.  As well, Harry Style’s big film debut did not disappoint either.  Even with a few recognizable faces, it did not distract from the disconnect of individuality in the film.

The Cons

Many felt that the nonlinear plot was confusing and was difficult to connect to initially. As well, the score for the film was dramatic and sometimes overwhelming at points. With the film being created in such a “virtual reality” based way, many worry how the film will hold in the eyes of the home viewer. It is an experience to have in a theatre because of its ability to capture the viewer through its intense visuals.

The lack of character development left a few wanting a bit more from the film yet, Nolan’s bold choice of focusing on mere human survival is a new take on the war thriller genre.

Top 5 Movies to See This Summer

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This summer season is full of big names with even bigger budgets. From superheroes to rebooted franchises, the summer has a movie for everyone. Summer 2017 will have multiple genres including family, horror, and extreme fantasy.

 

Alien: Covenant

This film has been long awaited by science-fiction film fans. It is a sequel to the film Prometheus released in 2012. This is the 6th film in the franchise of this movie series. The movie is lead by actor, Michael Fassbender as well as actress Katherine Waterston who made her debut in the film Michael Clayton. The film is expected to gross $40 to $50 million in its opening weekend.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 73% freshness, stating that it is a satisfying experience in the world of Director, Ridley Scott.

 

The Mummy

Tom Cruise is leading this reboot of The Mummy franchise. His name alone is going to draw many to theaters to see his performance along with Star Trek Beyond star, Sofia Boutella. The film will be released to U.S. theaters June 9th, 2017.

 

Wonder Woman

DC Comics is given Warner Bros. the reigns on this upcoming film. Wonder Woman is one of the most anticipated superhero movies of the summer. Set around the era of WWI, Gal Gadot portrays the leading Amazonian princess alongside Chris Pine who plays U.S. Army Captain Steve Trevor. The film is set to be released in U.S. theaters June 2, 2017, in 2D and 3D. This PG-13 film is one that any comic book or superhero fan must see this summer.

 

Cars 3

This summer’s Pixar film is none other than Cars 3. It is returning with all of the original voice actors from Owen Wilson to Larry the Cable Guy. This time around, Lighting McQueen has suffered a terrible crash and is training for his big return. Cars 3 is definitely a movie for the entire family this summer. Catch this animated film hitting theaters June 16th, 2017.

 

The Dark Tower

This American science fiction meets western action flick is going to create a lot of buzz this summer. From the mind of Stephen King comes gunslinging characters to protect the Dark Tower. This tower is a mythical building that inhabits multiple realities. The film stars Idris Elba alongside the nemesis, Matthew McConaughey as Walter Padick. The Dark Tower is expected to spark a lot of talk this summer with the return of a strong Stephen King film.