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The Last Jedi: Review

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Just so you know what side of the fence I’m on I LOVED this film. I thought it was a great continuation of the franchise, full of unexpected moments and drove the series in a new direction. I can’t wait to see how it all goes down in Episode IX and I’m even more excited for Rian’s new trilogy.

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I’ve got be honest, after watching this movie and then having no internet for weeks, I was shocked to emerge to find that there had been some backlash against this movie. Sure I had some nitpicks about the film but the film was full of great moments, all the characters had an arc and grew through the movie. I thought the plot with the ships slowly being hunted was a great structure, it reminded me of a western or Wilbur Smith book, with the goodies being slowly but surely pursued through a valley by a stronger but slower force while a few brave heroes branch off to try and get help.

Nitpicks

I’d rather get negatives out of the way so here’s a few things I thought could have been better

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1) Ackbar and Phasma’s deaths. I get why Ackbar died, I don’t mind that he died when he did. In the situation they were in fans, including me, would be expecting Ackbar to get them out of it or turn the fight around, maybe sacrifice himself in Holdo’s place – but the movie is all about the new characters and I’m ok with that. My only problem was that his death was off-screen, I would have liked to see him die, maybe taking a final shot at the First Order or sealing a bulkhead to save other crew, something a bit more heroic. Or even just a bigger reaction to his death from the other characters.

Phasma I just felt was sold short, especially after the big push they’ve made in making Phasma books etc.

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2) Snoke and Ach-To. Rian Johnson has come out and defended why they didn’t go into Snoke’s backstory; it just wouldn’t fit seamlessly into what is already a very long film. That said, I hoped we would learn more about him in the film, or even in the Visual Dictionary, and not in the inevitable tie-in novel that will fill in the gaps.

As for Ach-To I felt that we could have had time to delve more into the origins of the Jedi and that it could have fitted into Luke’s lessons to Rey. The whole location was a huge setup and I thought that Luke was going to show the original teachings of the Jedi and how they needed to go back to them. Something like that could have fitted into one of his lessons but instead it wasn’t referenced at all. It didn’t stop me enjoying the film but I felt it could have been done.

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3) Too many reveals

I tried to find an image of the Libertine because, to my mind, it is the ONLY ship or vehicle that wasn’t revealed either in a trailer, App, LEGO set or on one of the reveals on Starwars.com. I found this disappointing because I like being surprised by new designs as I watch the movie and then researching them afterwards. Also it lessened their impact – a main example being the Dreadnaught (above). The reveal showed us this ship and we immediately pick it apart, complaining about it’s flat shape. When it appeared in the movie it looked AWESOME, and Poe  and the Bombers flying along it’s flat surface was a great set-piece – it just would have been better if we’d never seen it before.

Things I Loved

OK, it’s so easy to focus on negatives I just wanted to get that out of the way first because there was so much that was so great about this movie

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1)Yoda!!!

Seeing the puppet back was awesome, his wisdom and humour were spot on. What I really loved though was seeing an example of what ‘more powerful than you can possibly imagine’ actually looks like as Yoda summons a lightning bolt wiuith very little effort!!

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2) Giving each character their moment

OK, apart from maybe Phasma and Ackbar! I loved each of the new cast going on their journey. Poe learning to be a real leader, Finn learning that the cause is bigger than him, Rey’s sheer joy at experiencing rain was a lovely moment too. Other characters had good key moments, more than in the Force Awakens – I liked that 3PO was used well, R2 only had one scene but it was a good one and Holdo’s sacrifice was just epic.  I also liked DJ and the fact that he betrayed then to save his own skin rather than for profit.

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3) The Throne Room

I was going to be arrogant and say I predicted that Snoke would die, but what really I thought was “I’d love it if they did something crazy like…” and even then I thought something like that would happen only at the end so it still came as a surprise when Kylo bisected him. Everything that followed was amazing; the Praetorians clearly would have wiped the floor with Kylo or Rey individually, even as strong as they are in the Force and that fight scene was just epic. Kylo begging Rey to join him and his motivation for wanting to wipe the slate clean was really well done.

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4) Luke on Crait

Wow! Luke’s appearance on Crait was awesome, seeing him stand up to the First Order onslaught then dust himself off was hilarious and the revelation that he’d projected himself from across the galaxy was really well done with the final moment showing that it was the appearance of the Jedi that would inspire the galaxy with hope even as the Resistance crumbled down to a small handful.

Episode IX

These aren’t preditions, but things I would like to see in the final installment of the trilogy, but I’m happy to be surprised as much as I was by this film!!

1) Luke and the Force Ghosts (not a band name!)

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I think it’s a given Luke will return, especially as he never gave Rey her third lesson. I’d like to see Yoda again and maybe Obi-Wan and Anakin, even if it’s just as an RotJ ending scene

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2) Return of the Jedi

I almost missed the boy using the Force at the end of the movie. It gives me hope that the Jedi will rise. I think it would  be cool if there was a 10 year gap with Rey training her new Jedi with the help of some ghostly teachers ready to face the First Order

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3) The Knights of Ren

I think we just have to see who these guys are in the next film. With Kylo cementing his position as dark leader, surely we have to see some of his dark knights.

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4) Maz and the Outer Rim allies (also not a band name!)

I had hoped in my head that Maz would be the ally they mentioned and bring a rag-tag pirate/smuggler fleet to help the Resistance. I still have hopes for something like this in Episode IX,  and maybe have her train to use the Force more. If not her maybe a wider alliance of people banding together.

 

OK those are just some of my thoughts. Like I said I ansolutely loved this movie and it is so cool to be in a period where Star Wars is adventurous and daring and very much alive

 

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Star Wars News: Delayed Reactions

Hi guys, sorry for the prolonged leave of absence – I’ve been trying something new. Here’s my first post done as a YouTube video, covering the Star Wars News that’s come out lately in usual delayed fashion!!

 

 

Also, here’s the Battlefront II Story trailer

 

And, as if you needed it, The Last Jedi trailer

 

Lastly for more information on Tag and Bink – here’s a video from Star Wars Explained which does them more justice than I ever could

Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer

Apologies if, like me, you tend to treat these official reveals as spoilers but what my eyes have seen they cannot now unsee so I’m blogging it!!

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The Sienar/Jaemus TIE/VN is the ship used by Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi.

The design keeps to the George Lucas’ 3 second rule in which you can tell what it is in 3 seconds. The Interceptor wings let you know it’s a fighter and the angular red cockpit is very reminiscent of the Upsilon shuttle so even if they hadn’t revealed it on StarWars.com you’d know by looking at it that it was Kylo’s.

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My only criticism is that the wings are exactly like those of an Interceptor, I’d have preferred it if they maybe angled back a bit more or something but I think the overall shape of the ship has changed enough, making it seem part personal shuttle as well as fighter and I’m giddy over the return of A-Wings which haven’t changed at all so this will do fine!

Can’t wait to see Kylo travelling in this!

 

BREAKING NEWS: Why the Han Solo movie Directors were fired.

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The Han Solo movie continues to be the subject of much controversy following the firing of it’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller over what has been dubbed ‘creative differences.’

Recent reports have uncovered that the directing pair favoured an improvisational and adaptable style over the rigid schedule demanded by Lucasfilm but the specifics remained vague until recently.

An E!Scoop journalist uncovered an internal e-mail from Kathleen Kennedy stating

“…they’re insisting on keeping the Carellia change, the new locations are way over budget…mentioned recasting again.”

Fans immediately made the connection with Han Solo’s homeworld, when questioned Lord and Miller were quick to confirm their intended change.

“Yes, it’s Carellia. We re-watched A New Hope over and over and that’s how it sounds to us. One we had an idea of what Carellia was it inspired changes, we wanted the Carellians to have a standout role in the film but it wasn’t to be.”

This remark sparked an outcry among loyal fans gaining another response

“Oh come on, we only changed one letter. Things get changed all the time in Star Wars, I mean – Moraband, seriously? What we did is just minor compared to that.”

So far Lucasfilm and Kennedy have declined to respond. When asked about the details new director Ron Howard commented

“Sounds like Corellia to me.”

 

below is a pre-production image of Carellia and some of the most notable Carellian characters.

 

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*this article is, of course, a complete load of Bantha Poodoo

Watch “Black Panther Teaser Trailer [HD]” on YouTube

So the guy with the superpower of interrupting conversations that could otherwise be resolved without violence gets his own movie

Joking aside I do like the idea of a hero who’s also a king and an inexperienced one at that. 

Wakanda looks cool but I gave to admit I struggled to follow what is actually going on in the trailer – but hey it’s an MCU film so I’m watching it!!!

The Force Awakens: Weapons and Technology (1)

I almost didn’t write this post but then my inner 15-year old reminded me of the sheer joy I felt on getting my Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology, so inner-child – this one’s for you!!

EL-16 blaster rifle

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An outdated model produced by BlasTech the EL-16 remained popular among outliers and smuggler, including Han Solo. A number of New Republic surplus models, including a Heavy Field Edition rifle used by Poe Dameron were donated to the Resistance

F-11D blaster rifle

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In order to circumvent New Republic trade embargoes against the First Order BlasTech conspired with Mers Sonn to create a joint subsidiary called SonnBlas, which operates exclusively within First Order space. The F-11D is the standard weapon for all Stormtroopers and is a reliable and versatile weapon as shown by Phasma’s chromium edition which is modified for long range sniping as well as close combat use.

SE-44c blaster pistol

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The SE-44c is a standard sidearm carried by all ranked personnel from Stormtrooper leaders to General Hux himself

D93 Incinerator flamethrower

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A weapon of terror the D93 is used by specialists to flush enemy combatants out of hiding and into the crosshairs of the rest of the squad by using a piezoelectric charge to ignite a highly flammable compound.

Crossguard Lightsaber

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An ancient design, dating back to the battle of Malachor between the ancient Sith and Jedi, this lightsaber features two quillons which jut out above the user’s hand. Kylo Ren used this model to vent the energy running through his cracked kyber crystal, which otherwise might have overloaded his weapon.

Quadnoculars

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Quadnoculars are used to overlay different spectral images onto the users vision to provide greater data of the battlefield. I at first assumed this was advanced technology, but they also showed up in Rogue One so I guess they were fairly standard

Data storage unit

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Lor San Tekka kept the map to the First Jedi Temple hidden in an antique data storage unit. The data could still be interpreted by modern analytics carried within BB-8.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – new Vanity Fair images

As with the last entry in the Saga Vanity Fair have done a spread on the new movie releasing new images and teasing details in interviews with cast and crew.

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We get teased a bit of detail aboutuke and Rey, but the main bit of information released was that Luke is not alone on Ach-To. There is also an indigenous race on the planet that serve as caretakers of the Jedi Temple there.

The piece has some extremely poignant images of Carrie Fisher, both with Mark Hamill and her daughter who plays a Resistance fighter. The interview reveals that Leia will have an expanded role in this movie and that Episode IX would have moved her to front and centre the way Han was in 7 and Luke will be in 8. They have also categorically ruled out using CGI to portray Leia meaning there must be a heavily adapted story for the next installment.

The rest of the Resistance crew are looking fierce. We don’t find out much about Poe, but John Boyega revealed that Finn is wearing a Bacta Suit (presumably a more mobile version of a Bacta tank) in the trailer. Finn will go undercover with new character Rose, a Resistance technician. It was also revealed that Rose has a sister named Paige who is a gunner and is in a scene with Poe.

Next we get two images of the inhabitants of Canto Bight a city for the rich and powerful. It is also described as where Finn and Rose go ‘behind enemy lines’ so it could be in First Order territory which could be interesting, maybe all the white and black dress code is meant to evoke stormtroopers? Lucasfilm were quick to point out that the character in the back is not a Bothan, but seriously then why go to the effort of making a creature that looks almost exactly like a Bothan. That said I love the little dude in the front with Neal Scanlan – I love the complete variety you get in Star Wars.

A few more Patrons and aliens in this one too.

We got some confirmation on new characters too. Laura Dern plays Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. Holdo is referred to as being part of the Resistance but my guess is she’s Republic military who have now joined the Resistance. Something about this image coupled with the Casino ones gives me a very Hunger Games feel to all this but it still works and I like the idea of an opulent Republic character being forced to work with mucky Resistance fighters. I also get the feeling she and Leia will butt heads during the film.

Is it an Ezra…is it a Thrawn…no it’s erm, DJ…who technically doesn’t actually have a name. Described only as a ‘shifty character’ one of the prevailing theories is that DJ stands for Dark Jedi. It could of course mean any number of things – maybe he plays 80’s songs at weddings – but I do like the idea of a force-user who’s just out for personal gain, he could be almost a darker version of Maz.

Lastly we get our villains. Kylo Ren is discovering that ‘patricide isn’t all it’s cracked up to be’ and is scarred both internally and externally.  Phasma is looking cool unmasked and with a new staff that has ‘personal significance’ for her (a tie-in comic and novel may reveal more). Hux seems the least changed and I like that.

No doubt they’ll continue to trickle information out between now and December

(obviously rights for all images belong to Vanity Fair and if you haven’t you should really check out the article and video)

Star Wars Celebration: The Last Jedi trailer

I wanted to wait until I watched the panel before sharing my delayed reactions to what we see in this and of course weigh in with my opinion on Luke’s words!!

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We open with what looks like stars and transition to Rey. We see a lot of images of her training on Ach-To. It seems that she is maybe not following Luke’s rushed path and will actually take the time to complete her training properly.

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When Rey mentions the light we see Leia, it seems she and the Resistance have assumed or been given control of the remaining Republic military. Does this also mean she is sensing the light side of the force in Leia and that she is also one of the Last Jedi? We’ll see…

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Next she mentions the dark and we see Kylo’s smashed helmet – I kinda preferred him with it but I guess it shows him stepping out of Vader’s shadow.

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Next we see a Jedi library, rumours are the Journals of the Whills are here. I found the background reminiscent of Bendu from Rebels, wich given the reference the the Balance could be significant.

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Next we jump to these cool craft. At first I thought they were pirate-y type ships but they’ve been confirmed as Resistance craft and you can also see they’re headed towards some AT-style walkers. This planet has been confirmed as Crait, the site of a Rebel base and will be significant in the film.

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Next we see Poe and BB-8 in an emergency on a Resistance base/ship. I was worried that BB-8 didn’t feature much in this trailer, but in the panel Rian Johnson stated that his biggest advice from JJ Abrams was you can’t get enough BB-8 so I’m relieved about that!! We also see A-Wings here and later in the trailer.

It looks like we’re going to get more information on the destruction of Luke’s Jedi, which has fueled his decision to end the Order.

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I just love seeing big space battles so this was probably the highlight for me. Again I assume this is a Republic fleet now commanded by the Resistance. Rian said the that First Order are hitting the galaxy hard so my guess is this takes place near the beginning of the film, with maybe Rey sensing the turmoil in the galaxy but Luke urging her to complete her training. I like the ships, I think they evoke the style of the Nebulon-B and Hammerhead ships of the Rebellion while still looking  original. I am mentally pre-ordering the visual dictionary already!!

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We finish with Luke’s words – “it is time for the Jedi to end.”

The prevailing opinion is that Luke is dismissive of the Jedi way and will create a new balanced “Grey” order. I disagree.

My basis for this is Luke’s quest to find the origins of the Jedi and also his response to Rey – “there’s so much more.” I believe that Luke has discovered the original purpose of the Jedi Order, which has now been fulfilled and it is time to transcend and create something new. Something in those books has given Luke a new understanding of the Force which will change the way they interact with it.

I have no idea if I’m right, but either way I can’t wait to find out!!!