After recently watching Black Panther for the first time after owning Avengers: Endgame on Blu-Ray I was quickly reminded why this became the first superhero movie to garner an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. This movie is SO good, written with a deceptively complex storyline that pleases both the masses and the most snobbish critics. So, because I had such a fun time watching this film last night, I decided to revisit a post I wrote about it last year that perfectly sums up how I’m feeling right now. Enjoy!
The main reason Black Panther was so successful is that, while it definitely feels like a Marvel movie, the writers didn’t incorporate too much of the MCU into the film, which they easily could’ve done. Continue reading ‘Black Panther’ Resides In Its Own Corner and That’s Why It Is Such A Great Movie
After watching Solo: A Star Wars Story nearly my entire view surrounding Han Solo and Chewbacca’s stories has changed, as this standalone film has filled in gaps I didn’t even know I wanted to be answered and provided me tantalizing ideas for the future of Star Wars as well. So, with no further delay, let me relay to you all of the ways Solo has changed the way I look at these movies. Enjoy!
How Han Got His Name
Oh my goodness, undoubtedly one of the coolest moments in Solo for me was learning how Han got his iconic name, Han Solo. I always figured that the name was probably made up because the idea of someone having the name Solo didn’t exactly quantify as a legitimate last name to me. I thought that maybe Han called himself that after realizing that he didn’t have any friends, except for Chewbacca, but to learn that an Imperial recruiter provided him the title, Han Solo, is simply one of the coolest things that have ever happened in Star Wars. It was definitely much cooler than when Emperor Palpatine named Anakin “Darth Vader”.
Han’s Lucky Dice
Who knew a simple pair of golden dice would become so important to Star Wars in the last couple of years but it truly has and now, seeing these dice, I feel a pang of sadness because of what they represent. In Han’s younger days the dice meant good luck and for the most part that strange sense of luck he always managed to have during his adventures could be contributed to those magical dice.
And then the dice extends beyond his life and into the complex story of The Last Jedi where we see them, given from Luke Skywalker to Leia, as a sign of that continuing hope and then later disappearing away into nothingness in Kylo Ren’s hands. For Leia, the dice’s symbol of luck won out and the last of the Resistance, by luck, managed to escape. And then for Kylo Ren, on the other hand, the dice symbolize that he just might be the unluckiest guy in the galaxy. I love the way Star Wars is slowly connecting the dots and enhancing these films by utilizing simple things like a pair of dice.
Continue reading All the Ways ‘Solo’ Has Impacted the Way I See ‘Star Wars’
The other day I watched The Last Jedi (mainly because I wanted to see the Praetorian Guard part again) and as I was watching the movie I realized that while the movie, of course, focused on every character the overall heart and soul of the film was provided by Kylo Ren. Rian Johnson has said many times that Kylo Ren was the character he was most excited to tackle and you can totally tell. He provided a compelling storyline to the Star Wars villain that helped incorporate him into the trilogy in a fascinating way while most of the other characters weren’t treated with as much care and attention. And I love that!
When J.J Abrams introduced this new villain in Kylo Ren I liked him but he ultimately felt too much like a ripoff of Darth Vader’s iconic character. He needed a little more substance and identity so that I could look at him and not immediately see this Darth Vader-wannabe. His best scenes in The Force Awakens were the scenes that involved him without his helmet because not only did we get to see him as his true self but Adam Driver is such a fantastic actor that you want to see his face and his emotions when he’s experiencing things. Rian Johnson knew this so he had Kylo Ren destroy his helmet within his first five minutes in The Last Jedi. Brilliant! That was the first step to his ultimate transformation and a sign that this movie was going to approach this character much differently. Continue reading ‘The Last Jedi’ Is Really Kylo Ren’s Movie
When it was announced that there was going to be a live-action series on Disney+ focusing on fan-favorite Cassian Andor I couldn’t believe it. I was and still am so excited about this news. Cassian is my favorite Rogue One character and with this series, he can finally get the backstory that he so absolutely deserves. But there’s another exciting element to this news and that is the idea that other awesome characters can make appearances in this series. Characters we all know and love and haven’t been given enough time to shine. So, on that note, here’s a list of characters that I think could make some surprise appearances on the show.
Mon Mothma has played an important leadership role in the Rebellion for many years and as obvious from the movie she has a relationship with Cassian as his superior. I think it is inevitable to see her make an appearance or two in the series.
While it’s pretty likely that Cassian and Darth Vader will most likely never cross paths there is always a slight possibility that it could potentially. Maybe on one of Cassian’s spy missions, he’ll see Vader from afar or just barely manage to avoid him. That could be very entertaining.
Continue reading Which Characters Should Appear in Cassian’s Live-Action Series?
I’ve watched The Last Jedi over twenty times and one of the most important scenes in the film is actually one of the quietest moments in the movie. And that scene which I am referring to is when Leia is shown sitting by herself in the cruiser, Ninka.
Throughout Leia’s involvement in Star Wars, we haven’t often seen her grieve even though she has obviously experienced so much loss.
She lost nearly her entire crew aboard the ship, Tantative IV, to Darth Vader and his stormtroopers. Then she had to watch her home planet of Alderaan get obliterated before her very eyes (and her mother and father along with it.) Who knows what tragedies she saw in the battle against the Empire during those unknown years between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. She had to endure seeing Han Solo getting frozen in carbonite, nearly dying in the process. And then, even after the Rebellion defeated the Empire, the hardships she would face were far from over. Continue reading This Segment of ‘The Last Jedi’ Perfectly Sums Up Leia’s Entire Journey and Her Constant Triumphs