Movie Review: Rogue One

rogue-one-posterFirst things first: If you go into Rogue One expecting something just like the episodes, you will probably be disappointed. Rogue One is not like the episodes. It’s definitely a darker, more adult film (not really with regards to violence, which is about the same as the other movies, but with regards to themes).

It is, however, a fantastic movie and I loved it.

I knew going in that it was going to be about a group of rebels conspiring to steal the Death Star plans. What I didn’t expect was how far they would have to go and how far they were willing to go to do it. Rogue One has more about how the Rebellion actually functioned in its operation than what we’ve seen previously, and shows how fractured the Rebellion itself actually was.

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Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

starwars-tfaI’ve been struggling to write this review for weeks now for a number of reasons, but perhaps the biggest is because it’s STAR WARS. I mean, it’s huge! It’s a cultural phenomenon, perhaps one of the most well-known franchises in the world. It was the series that set me on the path to being a geek. “Formative” doesn’t really begin to cover it.

So putting down the words to describe how I feel about The Force Awakens seems to be an insurmountable task. It’s just so big, and there are so many things to discuss about it, and so much of it comes from who I am and what Star Wars has meant to me.

This movie comes at a point when it’s been more than 20 years since I saw the original trilogy for the first time, and ten years since I last saw a Star Wars movie in theaters (with the expectation that I would likely never do so again). When it was first announced, I was “meh” about it; given the overall disappointment with the prequels, I found it difficult to get excited for another film even though I knew George Lucas wouldn’t be involved.

And then the trailers came out.

I went from “meh” to “excited” faster than I ever have in my life. I couldn’t wait to see the movie, but at the same time, I was terrified it wouldn’t live up to my expectations (which were getting loftier by the minute, despite every effort I made to keep them manageable).

Fortunately, I shouldn’t have worried. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was easily my favorite movie from 2015, and is on par with the best of the original trilogy.

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Trailer Park: Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World

I know, I KNOW, I’m so late to the party on these. Honestly, I’ve had them in my drafts folder for two months, and then the holidays hit me like a Mack truck and I feel like I’m just now getting back in the swing of things.

I didn’t expect to be as excited about the new Star Wars movie as I am, but apparently all I needed to hear was John Williams’ score and now I’m set. Bring it on. I’m totally here for it.

And I’m including the Jurassic World trailer because I’m pretty sure my brother would give me grief for DAYS if I didn’t:

The only reason I want to see this movie is Chris Pratt on a motorcycle riding in a herd of velociraptors, and let me tell you THAT is a sentence I never thought I’d type. (Also, I have mentally dubbed this movie “Chris Pratt: Raptor Whisperer,” and I’m going to keep calling it that until the marketing gives me a reason not to.)

So, which are you more excited for? Star Wars or Jurassic World? Or is there another movie you’re waiting for?