I Loved ‘The Rocketeer’!

Since it’s been reported that there will be a reboot for The Rocketeer produced by David Oyelowo featuring a retired Tuskegee airman taking up the mantle of the Rocketeer for Disney+ I thought it would be perfect to share my review for the original film. Enjoy!

Every once in a while I like to browse through Disney+ and watch classic Disney movies that I’ve never seen before and yesterday, The Rocketeer was one such film and my sister and I loved it!

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It felt like the most authentic live-action Disney movie I’ve ever seen! Each actor looked like they had stepped out of a 90s’ Disney classic into real life. Billy Campbell was the charming, square-jawed hero that you immediately root for. Jennifer Connelly was the beautiful Disney love interest who’s a bit of a damsel in distress and yet she can almost take care of herself. Alan Arkin was the classic old mentor who knows how to crack a joke but is always there for the hero in their time of need. And Timothy Dalton was the perfect dark-haired, arch eye-browed antagonist whose sleaziness reminded me of Prince Charming in Shrek 2. Suffice it so say, he had my sister and I VERY stressed.

The Rocketeer wasn’t a story unlike anything I’d seen before but it was fun, engaging, sometimes horrifying, and yes, it was a perfect 90s’ Disney movie. When Disney+ was first coming out I remember seeing so many people on Twitter freaking out because it was going to be on the service and they were so excited. Now I understand why. It’s a great movie.

I’ll give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and a solid 95 out of 100.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.

Did You KNow Disney Is Making a Live-Action Movie Featuring an African Princess?

Disney, for the past several years, have made live-action movies featuring some of the greatest fairy tales and stories; Alice in WonderlandThe Jungle BookBeauty and the Beast, the list goes on. And now it’s been reported that a new live-action film is in the works featuring the story of an African princess named Sade. Um…AWESOME!

Here’s the current synopsis: Sadé centers on a young adult African girl named Sadé who, when her kingdom is threatened by a mysterious evil force, accepts her newly discovered magical warrior powers to protect herself and her people. With the help of the kingdom’s prince, Sadé embarks on an adventure that will allow her to embrace what makes her special and save the kingdom.

As of right now, Rick Famuyiwa (The Mandalorian) is set to produce the film. Sounds amazing, right?

After Black Panther‘s surprising success it seems that Disney is looking to find more ways to incorporate stories of black heroes and heroines into their various franchises. I honestly couldn’t be more excited to hear this news. This is great news to hear and I hope to hear more about it in the coming years.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘A New Hope’ Have Nearly Identical Beginnings

Avengers: Infinity War came out a few months ago and blew minds around the world, culminating a little over $2 billion dollars in its box-office run. Now it’s just recently come out on Digital and I have been enjoying it thoroughly! But in my second to latest viewing I realized something kind of amazing.

Disney owns two of the most popular franchises right now, Marvel and Star Wars, and a lot can be compared between the two but one thing that usually can’t be compared are the movies’ narrative compositions. Well, I have discovered that Avengers: Infinity War and A New Hope have nearly identical beginnings and that’s what I’m excited to share it with you. Enjoy!

Both Movies Start Showing a Ship Under Attack By a Larger Ship

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In Avengers: Infinity War the first thing we see after the iconic Marvel logo is Thor’s Asgardian ship under attack by Thanos’s massive craft.

Pursued by the Empire

And in A New Hope we see Princess Leia’s ship, the Tantative IV, being chased and eventually caught by an Imperial Star Destroyer.

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A Special Fan Art Saturday

Last year on this day we lost a great man, Chadwick Boseman, who impacted the world with his presence on and offscreen. His death is one of the saddest tragedies in recent memory that I can remember but his legacy lives on through his work and his powerful message. Today, I’d like to honor him with a special edition of my Fan Art posts. Enjoy!

Illustrated by Yafi Veda Oktavinanda
While I could not find the artist who drew this it is truly marvelous in its simplicity.
This is another piece by an artist I could not find but it is very clear this piece is gorgeous and maybe even tear-inducing.
Illustrated by Uzuri Art

Just putting this post together has gotten me quite a bit emotional actually. Chadwick Boseman was a beautiful person and I thank him for bringing such a powerful, good, inspiring character to the big screen for my own children to see one day.

R.I.P Chadwick Boseman.

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‘The Last Shot’ Is Just Like ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Enjoyable but Boring

I’ve read over a fourth of The Last Shot, a companion to Solo: A Star Wars Story. It features a story of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian that jumps back and forth between their years before the events of Solo and their years after Return of the Jedi.

I tried to really get into this novel, and maybe I’ll try to finish over it the next few days, but like Solo: A Star Wars Story, I couldn’t sink my teeth into this novel as much I wanted to. Daniel José Older tries to bring Lando and Han to life in a realistic way but I couldn’t connect. Lando feels too much like Lando, if that makes any sense. And Han’s constant grumpiness and lack of cockiness in this story makes him less likable than normal.

What I did like, however, were the father/son and even uncle/nephew moments with two-year-old Ben Solo. Years before he would turn evil and kill the very man who brought him to existence, years before the dark side would begin to corrupt him and he would start becoming a troubled child, he was a sweet, innocent, dark-eyed baby who was just as cute as could be.

It’s so sad. 😭

Anyway, like I said before, I’ll try to complete this story but as of now, it’s good, but it hasn’t gripped me in the way that the novelization for Rogue One did. Just like I find myself unable to watch Solo anymore even though it’s good, The Last Shot won’t be making it to the top of my must-read list.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have an amazing day. May the Force be with you.

 

‘Star Wars: Rebel Rising’ Has Reaffirmed Why ‘Rogue One’ Is My Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Movie

Rogue One is my favorite Star Wars film mainly for its gritty, no-nonsense storytelling that fully displays the ugliness and unforgiving aspect of war, leading to the (SPOILER ALERT) ultimate demise of the movie’s primary cast.

One of my personal favorite Star Wars novels was Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel which features Galen and Lyra Erso during their days as Imperial enthusiasts and their evolution into the people we see by the time of Rogue One. Like Catalyst, Star Wars: Rebel Rising gives us Jyn Erso’s backstory, delving deep into the psyche of the character and all of the challenges she had to face growing up.

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