Star Wars: General Opinions

It's been months since I posted a review. I'm moving out to college in less than 24 hours so I figured instead of cleaning, I should just review a 10 movie series. I have seen Star Wars multiple times. I went to the night-before releases of The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and Rogue One, and opening day of Solo. I dressed up as a Jedi multiple times as a child, and I still have a few lightsabers. There will be spoilers for recent movies like Solo and The Last Jedi, so maybe don't read this if you don't want my favorite scenes spoiled for you. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

I'll start with the original trilogy. Obviously, it's not great. Anakin (Hayden Christensen) is very emotionless, and the scenes between him and Queen Amidala/ Padme (Natalie Portman) is so forced. I tend to skip scenes between them, especially in Episode II- Attack of the Clones. I don't have an issue with Episode I- The Phantom Menace. I actually like it a lot. I think the best of the characters are brought out, and Darth Maul is just so cool. Count Dooku, General Grievous, and Chancellor Palpatine are nice villains, but they're just not as cool as Darth Maul. It has been a while since I've seen Episode III- Revenge of the Sith, but from what I recall, the pregnancy just seems quick and not really thought out. Obviously episodes I-III were made because we wanted a back story for Darth Vader and how he came to be Luke and Leia's dad, but it just seemed forced, almost like they forgot they had to put that in. The scene where she tells Anakin is maybe 2 minutes, and then the kids are born and she dies and he becomes Vader. Obviously Anakin was going to the dark side all of episode III, but it all happened so fast at the end and felt rushed. I'm not even going to talk about Anakin killing all the Tuskens because I feel like a lot of people talk about that.

I'm going to be writing this in the canonical order, so the next story that happened in the universe was Solo: A Star Wars Story. I didn't think it was too bad. I liked seeing the famed Kessel run. and actually watching it made me have more respect for Han's character. I also loved the character development of Chewbacca. He's one of my favorite characters, and seeing his origin was cool. I have to say I hated the Darth Maul part. It really confused the timeline for me. I at first thought he had come back to life, since he was chopped in half with a lightsaber during Episode I. I had honestly forgotten about him, and thought he had died, since he was CHOPPED IN HALF AND FELL DOWN A SHAFT. I think of myself as a pretty big fan of Star Wars, but you would have to be very deep into the series and probably read the comics in order to know he survived that. A lot of people o talked to were also very confused by his appearance, and much like the pregnancy in Episode III, it didn't seem to be thought out. They should've taken a page out of the Russo brothers page with what they did in Avengers Infinity War. The next story is Rogue One. Overall, I thought it was good. I don't have any super strong opinions about it, but I liked how it lead right into Star Wars: A New Hope.

The original trilogy. Obviously, great. Not a fan of the love triangle thing or the Jabba the Hutt- Leia thing. There are some sweet fight scenes though, like above the pit in Episode V- The Emperor Strikes back. And the fight scene at the end of Return of the Jedi with the lightning is just sweet. Like Rogue One, I don't have too much to say about these. I love the Ewoks and the stories are good.

So now we get to the newest trilogy. I like it, which is apparently a rare thing. I think the silent scene in The Last Jedi is so powerful. It was amazing film work. I also think the bridge scene in The Force Awakens is very powerful, especially the lighting. For most of the scene, the space behind Kylo is red, and the space behind Han is blue, obviously showing the light vs dark sides. But in addition to that, half of Kylo's face is lit up blue, and half is lit up red. Until he asks Han for help. Then a door shuts or something, and all the blue light is shut out. Kylo's face is only lit up with red light, and then he kills Ham. I didn't notice it the first time, but the second time i was in awe. I think that is amazing film work, and JJ Abrams did a great job. Another scene that I love is in The Last Jedi. It's the one with Kylo and Rey fighting the Praetorian guards after Snoke is killed. It's one of the best choreographed and filmed fight scenes I've seen out of recent movies, and it's so cool. I just love it. I don't think either movie deserves the hate they get. A lot of people compare The Force Awakens to A New Hope, which is totally understandable. I do think JJ Abrams did it on purpose for some cool cinematic parallels, I don't think he did it to be like "omg lets remake this with new characters and make a lot of money". I also really like The Last Jedi. It was a bit slow, but there was a lot of character development, which I appreciate. I would rather have a movie with a couple less fight scenes and a lot of character development than a movie full of fight scenes and no character development.

Thanks for reading, i know this is a long one. I didn't to start watching them and not be able to finish my reviews because of school, so these are just my opinions based on what I remembered and what stood out to me. Thanks again!

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