Star Wars: Episode 4

There is no real need to write much about this as I have already written about it four times previously in this blog (although I have seen this film at least twenty times).

What I will say again is that the “improvements” Georgie added in are very annoying and do nothing for the film at all. Why, Georgie, why?

Date watched: July 8th
Score: 10/10
Film count 2018: 39

Star Wars: Rogue One

James and I wanted to see this again after seeing at the film theatre last yaer.

The best thing to do would be to read my first review as it all still holds true.

Briefly though, it is a fantastic addition to the Star Wars universe, entertaining from beginning to end, and the short scene of Darth Vader going berzerb with his lightsaber is most excellent.

Date watched: March 31st
Score: 9/10
Film count 2018: 26

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

James and I were excited about seeing this, so much so that we decided to drive two hours to the nearest 4DX theatre to see it.

There is a lot of praise for this film online, and a lot of vitriol as well. Some people say Star Wars is dead, that these new films are just plain awful, agree I do not. Episodes I, II, and III were pretty bad, but I still like to watch them as there are a few good bits here and there. This new series though does a much better job, and updates the series quite well. The new characters are great, and while the stories so far have been derivative, it is still entertaining. The choice of actors too is spot on I think. At the end of the day these films are just light entertainment, they are not meant to be Taxi Drivers, Sunset Boulevards, or 2001s.

I won’t go into any details, but I thought the story was well done, the acting superb (especially Adam Driver and Mark Hamill), the action scenes spectacular, and the special effects and cinematography most excellent. The humour though was a bit corny or silly, especially in the opening scene, but it is a minor niggle.

If I had to rank this against Episode VII I would say this is a tad bit better, although I would have to watch it again on DVD to be sure, watching films at the theatre skews things a bit.

As I said, we saw this at a 4DX theatre which is our first time to try one out. It was fun for a while, but quickly became tiresome and distracting. We were thrown about on our seats quite a bit, had water raining on us occasionally (although you can turn that off), had blasts of wind come at us from noisy fans, had some weird tickler thing brush against our legs, breathed in scents which didn’t really match the scene, and saw fog rise up in front of the screen which didn’t really add much. Once is enough. The 3D though was worth it.

So, I enjoyed this. I wasn’t expecting much going into it, I just wanted to be entertained which I was. There are a few questions about the story here and there, some of which may be answered in Episode 9, some probably not.

Now the wait until May for the Han Solo story which looks to be quite exciting.

Date watched: December 16th
Score: 8.5/10
Film count 2017: 142

Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi

James and I watched this in two parts, finishing the second part tonight.

Ewoks, damn frickin’ Ewoks.

The rest was pretty decent really, Georgie did a pretty good job on the main story, but he seemed to just take too many happy pills at some point, and dreamed up the Ewok horror which almost borked the whole thing.

Thank goodness for Disney.

Date watched: December 1st
Score (not including Ewoks): 7.5/10
Score (including Ewoks): 3/10
Film count 2017: 136

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

James and I decided yesterday we wanted to watch a Star Wars film with his first choice being Episode 7, which I don’t have, so his second choice was Episode 5. This is now the fifth review for this film on MBMS, but I have also seen it several times before as well.

There is no real need to review this, and I would say this is my fave Star Wars film of all of them, although Episode 7 follows in a close second.

It is not a perfect film, there are a few head-scratching scenes which Georgie could have handled better, but compared to Episodes 1, 2, and 3 they are nothing to worry about. Luke’s whining and impetuousness still grates.

Here is a video of some cut scenes. The video starts at a scene that was thankfully cut out, Georgie had a bit more control over himself back then…

Today James and I are going to watch Episode 7 if we can get TV time, I got it out on DVD last night.

Date watched: October 21st
Score: 9.5/10 (previously 10, but those minor niggles got the better of me)
Film count 2017: 118

Star Wars: Rogue One

James and I went to the cinema today, our first and only time this year, to see this fantastic film.

The theatre was nowhere near full, although it was the 1:20 pm session. The audience, as usual for Japan, was quiet throughout, although I did hear the older couple next to me make a stiffled “hehe” once or twice. Also normal for Japanese audiences, most people sat in their seats until the end credits had finished and the lights went on (as James and I did).

Anyway, it was a stupendously good film, all the right buttons were pushed, and there were references and characters from the first films everywhere to look out for, including hearing but not seeing the little toaster droid that Chewbacca scared away in Episode 4. The CG of Peter Cushing was a bit jarring as it was obvious, but there are still limits on how lifelike CG is these days, so no biggie, and it was still pretty well done. It had James fooled. Same for Carrie Fisher, although I thought that they didn’t really need to show her face.

James and I concluded that this was better than Episode 7. The story was completely original and didn’t lean on nostalgia like Episode 7 did just a little too much. It also had a good balance of action and suspense, although maybe there could have been a few more lighter moments. There were a few plot holes here and there.

All of the actors were perfect, no complaints there, with some good characters, and K-2 is a worthy addition to the comic-relief-o-bots.

Earlier in the year there were reports that 40% of the film was being reshot, and the tone of the film was being changed. They obviously got it right, but it makes you wonder what it was like the first time around.

There were a few new types of Stormtrooper in this including the Deathtroopers who were pretty mean dudes.

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I did wonder though why they included them as we never saw them in Episodes 4 to 6, but who cares? They were bad-ass!

Definitely one of my most fave films of the year.

Date watched: December 18th
Score: 9/10
Film count 2016: 198

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