Star Wars: Master and Apprentice (Review)

 

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I had been anticipating Master and Apprentice ever since Lucasfilm announced a Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi book written by Claudia Gray, my favourite Star Wars canon book author, so it was no surprise that this easily became one of my top 5 canon Star Wars books. I was keen to gain insight on Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan’s relationship and dynamics during the period before The Phantom Menace, as it was clear that they have different ideas of the Jedi Order, and their roles within the Republic.

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Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker Teaser Trailer (Thoughts)

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Star Wars fans were in for a treat during the Star Wars Episode IX panel, now officially titled ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’, at the Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 event as we now got a look at some of our beloved characters, and most importantly, we have a new teaser trailer.

Oh man, do I have a lot of thoughts about this one. I’ll just be talking about some of the highlights that I found interesting. Let’s delve into them.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a movie which takes risks and brings the franchise to new heights (Review)

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A movie that I have been anticipating for the last two years, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was one of the best viewing experiences I had this year, managing to blow my already high expectations out of the water (an amazing feat!). After a third viewing, I’m comfortable in saying that The Last Jedi is a bold Star Wars movie, which took great risks with its characters, bringing the franchise to another level of greatness.

In the words of Luke Skywalker in the official trailer, “This is not going to go the way you think!”. When The Force Awakens premiered two years ago, it was met with criticism stating that it was a rehash of A New Hope, and I understand where they were coming from despite loving the film. However, I’d like to explicitly state The Last Jedi is in no way a copy of The Empire Strikes Back, as it is an original film on its own which is truly ‘Star Wars’ with unexpected twists. Rian Johnson, director of The Last Jedi, manages to smash fan expectations (and ridiculous fan theories!) and bring the sequel trilogy to new heights.

*Major spoilers ahead!

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‘Logan’, The Wolverine movie we deserve (Review)

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‘Logan’ is unlike any superhero film that I’ve watched over the recent years and does something to comicbook movies that I haven’t seen done since ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Watchmen’. ‘Logan’ deserves all its praise and it definitely lives up to it’s R-rating.

Here, we see a weary, ageing Logan care for Charles Xavier; Professor X on the U.S.-Mexico border. ‘Logan’ was set in 2029, and thus treated as a standalone movie, disregarding events that happened prior to ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ (the X-Men movies timeline is really confusing). This means that all the mutants were gone, save for Logan, Charles and Caliban. This in turn explains the tone of the movie, which is very dystopian-like and has the themes of a classic Western.

‘Logan’ was a wild ride from start to finish, as we see Logan, Laura and Charles on the run from Transigen, a biotech corporation seeking to recapture Laura, a.k.a. X-23. The villains, Donald Pierce and Dr. Zander Rice weren’t even memorable, but they don’t deter me from enjoying the movie any less as its main focus was on the core three mutants, and Logan’s hesitant father-daughter like relationship with Laura. I personally loved the familial theme of this movie, as it revolves around the father-son relationship between Logan and Charles, and the father-daughter relationship with Logan and Laura later on.

This was without a doubt Hugh Jackman’s best Wolverine movie, seeing that this movie allowed Logan to be unapologetically true to his character. Hugh Jackman embraces ‘old man Logan’ flawlessly, Patrick Stewart was excellent in his final play as Charles Xavier, and Dafne Keen was surprisingly impressive as a newcomer, seeing that she has the talent to keep up with both Hugh and Patrick at the same time. Dafne captures Laura perfectly, managing to portray emotions wordlessly throughout the entire film (she only started speaking more than halfway through the film).

*Major spoilers ahead!

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‘Logan’ was a film that truly brings Wolverine and Professor X’s journey to a full circle, with both being killed off tragically by the end. The scene that happened after Logan was impaled by X-24, his clone, was the saddest part of the film to me, as he died holding his daughter Laura while saying that he doesn’t want her to grow up becoming the weapon that she was supposed to be. My heart completely shattered when I heard Laura frantically saying “daddy” repeatedly while Logan, with his final breath, uttered, “So, this is what it feels like” then dying after. Everyone’s heart broke by the end, as Laura upturned the cross on Logan’s grave to an X, signifying that Logan was truly the last of the X-Men.

In short, I felt that ‘Logan’ was the best X-Men movie and also the Wolverine movie that all of us fans deserve, thanks to everyone’s brilliant performance in this film. And so ends the 17-year journey that Hugh Jackman took with us as Wolverine, not to mention Patrick Stewart’s last time playing Charles Xavier. I cannot give enough praise to Hugh for portraying Wolverine since my childhood, and I really cannot see anyone else taking over as Logan. Big round of applause to Hugh and Patrick, thank you for portraying Logan and Charles throughout the years. Here’s to hoping they’ll let Dafne Keen grow with the role as Laura Kinney, X-23, as they did with Hugh’s Wolverine and eventually take on Wolverine’s mantle in the future.

There are no more guns in the valley. Farewell, bub.

 

 

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ review

Hey guys, I’ve decided to post my first movie review and I’ve chosen ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ as my first, seeing that it’s still fresh in my mind after a second viewing, and also because the Star Wars franchise is one of my all time favourites. Right, let’s get to it.

*Spoilers for Rogue One ahead*

Rogue One takes place at “During the battle…” which is in Epsiode IV: A New Hope’s opening crawl:

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Rogue One might have beaten ‘The Force Awakens’ as one of my favourite Star Wars movies (but still doesn’t top ‘Empire Strikes Back’ of course). Wait what? The Force Awakens was one of my favourite Star Wars movie alongside Empire Strikes Back, that is, before Rogue One came along and ruined my life (haha). I’ll tell you why.

Rogue One is the first Star Wars movie to truly delve into war. This movie is very war-ridden, which means that the main theme of this story is sacrifice. Unlike your typical Star Wars movie, which centres around war, but never dives straight into it, this movie doesn’t take the audience on a happy ride, with the promise of a fairytale ending, a ‘everyone’s going to be fine, despite their losses, they’re going to live happily ever after’ story. Nope.

The movie started with the introduction of the main lead, Jyn Erso, daughter of one of the Imperial officers of the Galactic Empire and her background story was told. After being rescued from an Imperial labour camp, Jyn was taken to a Rebel Alliance base. From that point onwards, we were introduced to Cassian Andor, a rebel pilot fighting for the Rebel Alliance since he was six. Later on, others were introduced, the resident’s droid K-2SO, Chirrut Imwe, Baze Malbus and Bodhi Rook. Following the plot of this story, Jyn, Cassian, K-2SO, Chirrut, Baze and Bodhi were responsible for the stolen Death Star plans, the reason why the Death Star was destroyed in ‘A New Hope’. After doing so, they went home, everyone survived, and lived happily ever after amidst celebrations upon their return to base. Right?

Sacrifice. The main theme of this movie. Remember? Which basically means some of those characters actually sacrificed themselves for the cause. But who? All of them? Well, uh, yeah. Hold on, I’ll get there.
Jyn, Cassian, K-2SO, Chirrut, Baze and Bodhi, the ‘Rogue One’ team, infiltrated Scarif, the planet where the Death Star plans were held. Long story short, the Rogue One team managed to transmit the plans to rebels before the Imperial forces took it upon themselves to destroy Scarif while the team were still trapped there.

Honestly, I saw this sad, gut-wrenching ending coming but nothing prepared me for the actual ending of this story. This movie truly felt dark, realistic and draws the audience into the real consequences and sacrifices made during war, it doesn’t beat around the bush, like Episodes 1-7 do and these are one of the reasons why I love this movie so much. The storytelling of these characters; the Rogue One team, was enjoyable and made me immediately drawn to them, epescially Jyn and Cassian (anyone here ship them? lol). Chirrut and Baze had that brotherly relationship going on, Bodhi was plain adorable and K-2SO was full of sass. Getting to know them better during this movie, down to their quirks and flaws just made the ending more painful. As the story went along, one by one, they were sacrificed in the midst of battle on Scarif, with Jyn and Cassian being the last ones standing, but ultimately died when the Death Star blew up Scarif. That last scene with Cassian and Jyn on the beach had me bawling as it was such a beautiful, but sad scene.

Plus, this is one of the most diverse Star Wars movie that I’ve seen. Nearly every person of colour were represented, Mexican, Pakistani, Chinese, you name it. This too ties into the theme of this story. That is, war is fought and won on the backs of minorities and women. That itself sent a strong message to the audience, that history was not exclusively about the sacrifice of only white men, which is not the case here.

To conclude, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is better than ‘The Force Awakens’ for me because of its realistic, dark tone and the price of war.

Remember, rebellions are built on hope.