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.


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


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

James and I went to the cinema last December to see this, and we of course enjoyed it. Last night I decided to watch it again, mostly because I am a Star Wars fan, but also to see how it holds up.

It was just as enjoyable this time around as it was the first time. It was fun to watch, had some great actions scenes, excellent new cast, and it clears away the bad taste that episodes I, II, and III left behind. I still had the same criticisms, namely that it was just a clone of the first film with a few bits from episodes V and VI thrown in as well.

I noticed a lot more this time around, references here and there to the original trilogy, little things going on in the background, and after reading various sites (such as this one) about their take on various aspects of the story, some things made more sense.

Where to rank it though? That is the question. For me episode IV and V are pretty much equal, maybe V is slightly ahead. Next would probably be episode VII, then the ruinous Ewokked horror of episode VI, followed by III, then the the equally terrible I and II (they did though have some memorable scenes).

I am looking forward to Rogue One, my apprehensions of that one disappeared after I saw the official trailer a few days ago, it looks fab.

Date watched: August 14th
Score: 8.5/10
Film count 2016: 130

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

James and I decided to continue our Star Wars film watching rotation. We watched Return of the Jedi a few months ago, so the next to watch was this one.

Just as bad as always, no changes there. Jar-Jar Binks is so annoying, the script illogical, the acting wooden, and there was just too much comedy relief going on.

I consider this the worst of the whole lot, so the worst is over until we complete the other five films.

Date watched: September 26th
Score: 4/10
Film count 2015: 127