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#1 4 months ago

Not exactly my expertise but I did love the new main movies. I've not actually seen the two Disney era spin off movies yet, Rogue One or Solo, are these worth seeing? I've heard mixed reviews.

Also general Disney era chatter.

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#2 4 months ago

Rogue One was pretty good. I've heard mixed things about Solo and haven't seen it yet.


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#3 4 months ago

Rogue One was exactly what a fan film should be, so I actually enjoyed it.

As for the JJ Abrams movies, I have never seen them, and I cannot care to see them.


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#4 4 months ago

Rogue One was a wonderful movie. I haven't watched Solo yet, but I suspect the issue most people have with it is that it's a heist movie set in space - which is frankly what I'd expect a movie about Han Solo to be.


And the two main entries so far have been amazing. Great story, great characters, great visuals. Good callbacks, too.




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#6 4 months ago

Han Solo was a smuggler. Robbing, making a quick getaway, maybe a little GTA5 in space, that seems exactly like what a Han Solo movie would be.

The other benefit is that a movie about Han Solo would NOT revolve around mysticism and magic, as the Jedi-related Star Wars stuff does. That was why I love Rogue One so much. It is a military sort of movie, not a religion sort of movie. Yes, there is a Jedi in it, but he is not the point of the story. The point of the story is guns, explosions, space battles, more explosions, and everything that makes a space movie a good movie.


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#7 4 months ago
Posted by Superfluous Curmudgeon

no.


Gotta agree.  Force Awakens was exactly what it needed to be: a soft reboot and, for what it was, it was ok. 

Rogue One was a forgettable prequel,, and I do mean forgettable.  I've seen the movie several times and still find myself struggling to remember the names of the main characters.  No one was particularly interesting save for Galen Erso and K2-S0.  The last act was at least entertaining and had some weight and risk, but that's about it.

Last Jedi...the more I watch it, the more I hate it.  They shoved in way too much slapstick humor, stupid decisions, and general schmaltz for me to take any of it seriously.  Also, it was about 40 mins too long.  It's never a good sign when you have to keep asking, "Is this movie STILL running?"

Solo was decent but pretty generic.  The actors who played Han and Lando did the characters as much justice as anyone could have and the action scenes were pretty fun.  Still, I really don't care for background movies.  We honestly don't need a two-hour dossier on every single thing that lead up to the Star Wars trilogy.  That's one of the main reasons the prequels sucked so much, and it reminds me of the movie Vantage Point where the same story is told by several different people through their own perspectives culminating in the final outcome.  It works ok for an isolated film, not so much for an entire series.  I mean think about it: seven new movies have been released since Return of the Jedi and only two of them have been about advancing the original story.  That's over 70% of content and effort devoted to developing backstory.  But people seem to keep coming back, so I guess it doesn't matter in the long run.


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#8 4 months ago

I seem to be in the minority that liked The Last Jedi.


Was it perfect? No. Could it have been trimmed down a bit, sure.


Overall though, I rather enjoyed it and I actually liked the direction it took some of the characters.


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#9 4 months ago

Ok, yes, there were some great things about it.  Mark Hamill stole every scene he was in, and Benecio Del Toro was at his usual best.  As for the directions they took...there's been a lot of discussion among critics as to whether those choices were made for the sake of keeping things interesting or, as RLM puts it, to "subvert expectations."  My own thoughts at the time were basically, "Umm...ok."  


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#10 4 months ago

Going to post some spoilers but honestly, it's been almost a year; if you haven't seen it, it's your own fault.


I honestly think if they'd have just had the "fight" at the end actually be Luke on Krait instead of a force projection almost all the complaints would have gone away. See Luke at the height of his powers, even if he eventually lost/faded away would have been so epic it would have overshadowed all the other criticism people had. 

If you take what actually happened (force projecting across the galaxy) and the other various hints at the level of power Luke possessed, it seems like he could have actually survived that onslaught and given us one of the most epic battles ever to grace the silver screen.

I can understand why they didn't and I'm ok with that but part of me will always want the version of the movie that ended with him actually being there.


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