“An Instant Classic. This is Star Wars at it’s best!”
The Last Jedi is visually stunning. It’s very well written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper 2012). The action only slows to give you time to think and grieve when needed. With a running time of
When walking out of the theater after hearing the John Williams score over the credits, there was a lot to process. Character Arcs have begun, others have progressed and a big one has ended. Rey was still the star of the film, but this episode belongs to Mark Hamill.
The people and Droids we love are back. C-3PO and R2 have their moments, including a touching one with Luke, but BB-8 is the one that kicks some serious ass. I think BB-9E was there just to add to merchandise maybe, we’ll see how important he is to the universe later perhaps, so I’m giving that a pass.
It was odd to see Chewie without Han although he was given more than I thought he would be this time out, including a message about veganism perhaps, but done in the cutest of ways. The Porgs are super cute, needed comic relief and the only reason my 5-year-old daughter wants to see the film.
Finn is the anchor of the film, the piece that ties everything together, and also has his bit of adventure and, shall we say sparks with Rose Tico, played by the amazing breakout star Kelly Marie Tran. A Lower Decks type that gets pulled into the main action and is integral to the survival of the Rebels. I wasn’t expecting her arc to go the way it did, but I was so satisfied as it unfolded.
Leia’s exit in the film combined with the real-life loss of Carrie Fisher had a lump in my throat, and tears on my face early on. It was a moment of gravitas that we were waiting for and dreading at the same time. The force is strong with her. I was glad to see that there was no computer generated Leia this time, to my knowledge anyway, I was fooled with CGI Tarkin in Rogue One. It will be interesting how the loss will be dealt with in the next film.
Rey and Kylo Ren’s story was absolutely a middle, which is a thing that can normally hurt a part two in a trilogy, but they were given enough development, action, and twists that at one point make you want to stand and yell “Fuck Yeah!”
All I can say is Ben is a liar, he lied to Rey and I expect it to come out in Episode IX. Rey (Daisy Ridley) gives this movie the heart it needs to make it more than the sum of its parts. She has strength, beauty, and grace, a role model for us all to aspire to. Job well done.
Oscar Isaac‘s Poe shows this time out what can happen when you act without having all the information one needs. His arc, along with Finn and Rose, is integral to the if/than this of the bigger plot of the Rebellion vs The Empire, and how they may not be so different at all. This story in some ways is a mirror to our current interesting times of would-be dictators putting their ego and wants ahead of the needs of their people (cough, Supreme Leader Snoke, cough, Pussy Grabber). I have given a lot of crap to Star Wars for being hand-wavy fantasy, but the allegory here has earned, for me at least, it’s placed alongside the best Science Fiction.
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The completion of Luke’s arc was extremely satisfying and unexpected. Just the thought of us as a people experiencing this character’s life in real time, a boy in 1977, who lived in our homes and our hearts for the past four decades has come to the end of his life in much the same way as Obi-Wan did, really makes you think. For me the writing of Luke’s ending and Star Wars: The Last Jedi as a whole by Rian Johnson and the performance by Mark Hamill (Oscar material) was done so well it gives me a greater understanding of cyclical nature of life, the need for it to be so, and hope that we may all, in our own way, make a difference.
New Comics Release for 4/5/17
So Ghost in the Shell came out this last
weekend. Anyone see it? Was it good? Haven’t heard much hubbub about it either
positive or negative, so I guess that’s a good thing right? Anyhow, here we are
into the first week of April, and some big releases coming down the pipeline
this week, so lets jump right into it!
From DC this week, Harley Quinn #17 hits
stands and starts a new story arc called “Deadly Sin”. The twisted Harley
Sinn’s been released from prison, and she’s looking to hurt Harley in a whole
new way…by going after somebody she loved and lost! And to make this issue
extra-unmissable, a brand-new backup story begins, set in Harley’s earliest
days with the Joker-and co-written by one of Harley’s original creators, Paul
Dini! “Harley Loves Joker” kicks off as Harley makes the biggest
mistake of her burgeoning criminal career…accidentally revealing the location
of Mistah J’s hideout!
From Image this week we get two new series
starting off, Black Cloud and Rock Candy Mountain. In Black Cloud, Zelda was born in a
world of dreams, and hers burned bigger than anyone had ever seen. Now
she’s on the run in our world, the dreams broken in her hands. But the
pieces are for sale, the rich and the powerful are buying, and suddenly her
world isn’t the only place Zelda’s running from. In Rock Candy Mountain,
enter the magical world of hobos. The world’s toughest hobo is searching
through post-World War II America for the mythological Rock Candy Mountain, and
he’s going to have to fight his way to get there. Lots of hobo fights. So many
hobo fights. A new
action-comedy series full of high action, epic stakes, magic, friendships,
trains, punching, kicking, joking, a ton of hobo nonsense, and the Literal
Devil. Yeah. The Literal Devil.
From Marvel this week, lots of new #1 hitting
the stands including the Roge One Adaptation, Royals (the new Inhumans ongoing
series), and X-Men Gold #1! Out of IvX
stems a new series and new team! Xavier’s dream comes
full circle as KITTY PRYDE takes the reins and assembles a squad of the most
iconic X-Men to fight at her side. STORM. COLOSSUS. NIGHTCRAWLER. OLD MAN
LOGAN. PRESTIGE. They are X-MEN GOLD! And they’re on a mission to be Earth’s
finest heroes, even when that means defending those who hate and fear them.
Lastly from Aftershock this week, Elenaor and
the Egret #1 hits racks, a new series by John Layman (Chew) and Sam Keith (The
Maxx). The most daring art
thief in Paris has struck again, and the police have assigned their best
detective to the case. His only clue? A single white feather left at the scene.
Could this feather belong to the thief? To the thief’s accomplice, an oversized
talking egret? Or will his investigation lead him to somewhere even stranger?
(Answer: all of the above.) Presenting a peculiar and unforgettable tale of
birds and banditry, paintings and pets, larceny, love and… lamprey-wielding
Here is your complete list:
the Red Kingdom #3
Comics Bombshells #25
from the pages of Fables #8
and Rise of Captain Atom #4
Ground Zero #9
Doo Where Are You #80
the Changing Girl #7
Birds Flight School #2
Office Poison Color Comics #4
Nature Concrete Fury #2
& the Holograms #25
Shakespeare Past is Prologue Juliet #1
Aw Yeah #1
Old Proldiers Never Die #3
Man (One Shot)
Candy Mountain #1
the Devil #11
Not Like Us #15
America Steve Rogers #15
Man Deadpool #16
Man Homecoming Prelude #2
Wars Rogue One Adaptation #1
Tramp 2017 Easter Special
American Gothic Press
Moon Legends of the Deep #4
th Anniversary Digest #8
Comics Double Digest #277
Funhouse Spring Annual Digest #26
Archie One Shot
Wars Good Apollo #1
Chief Brianna #2
the Garden Wall #12
& Rockets Magazine #2
Souls Tales of Ember #1
Who Ghost Stories #1
First Slash #5
Girl World War Tank #1
of the Dead #3
Tales of Terror 2017 April Fools Ed
the Unholy #5
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