Film Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story

I have been a fan of  Star Wars ever since I was little and was super excited when Disney picked up Star Wars and started making more movies. But, I was just disappointed in them and I was hoping this movie would be better. It was. It wasn’t great and I’m sure I didn’t completely dislike because it was Disney.

It was really interesting getting to learn Han Solo’s backstory. But there was so much more room for a more creative story. It in some ways filled in the gaps of who Han Solo is in ways that I didn’t really like. I didn’t really like the way they portrayed all the characters it made some of them seem different than who they were in the original movies. Some of Han’s backstory did also seem like it was a bit similar to Darth Vaders because Disney characterized them in similar ways .

Also, even though it is Han Solo, it bugged me that Disney had to put in yet another one of their cliche love stories into the movie. It in a way it reminded me of the Padme and Anakin relationship.

I did like the fighting scenes though. There was some classic Star Wars style fighting scenes and special effects that I really enjoyed watching. It helped the movie seem like a Star Wars movie.

I still enjoyed watching the movie and would totally recommend any Star Wars fan to watch it. But it isn’t really about the storyline, it’s more about the special effects and fighting.

-Ava G.

Ultrasabers: Prophecy v3

Are you a Star Wars fan? Well, if you don’t have one of these, you aren’t. Introducing Ultrasabers, the finest custom lightsaber company out there. With these sabers, you can duel to whatever intensity your heart desires. The site has everything, from double-bladed sabers, to crackling crossguards. While the price may seem a little much, you’ll be absolutely amazed by what you receive.

For my first saber, I chose the Prophecy v3, which is based on the hilt that Anakin Skywalker used in Episode II: Attack of the Clones. This saber was eventually lost during the Battle of Geonosis. I ordered it with Obsidian LITE soundboard, an Ultraedge Heavy Grade blade, and, for the color, Guardian Blue. When I first got it, some factors that surprised me were its weight, color, and volume.

Let me tell you right now, if you think holding a fishing rod one-handed is too heavy, you’ll have one heck of a struggle keeping these sabers suspended in your hand. When I first picked it up, I had to use two hands, but as I practiced with it, it got lighter and lighter. Another thing was the color. On camera, the blade appears white with a blue hue around it. The blade is actually a pure blue color. I definitely recommend the Ultraedge blade, as they allow the light to cover the whole blade, giving it a full look. Finally, the sound. Obsidian LITE is all you need, it sounds great, had motion and contact recognition, and is the best soundboard for its price. Thank you for reading, if you end up buying one, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

-Luke D.

Film Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a really great film, but as a classic Star Wars film it really didn’t strike me. That’s the problem with many fans. They are torn between whether they should like this movie or not, which is why I’m writing this review. After I saw the movie, I was a little confused. The whole point of the movie was about admitting your mistakes and finding yourself. They where the two big main ideas that made an impact on the story.

Other people were mad with the choices that director Rian Johnson made. Fans where stating that The Last Jedi didn’t live up to The Empire Strikes Back‘s name. Which they where right. It was a perfect film to have in the middle of a trilogy. Even more fans just wanted to see J J Abrams direct the movie. He was wonderful with The Force Awakens and I wouldn’t mind if he directed the next trilogy. If there are any J. J. fans out there don’t worry, he is directing the next movie.

Rian Johnson changed Luke’s character a little bit to be very funny on the big screen to balance his inner conflict. People were still having trouble understanding Luke’s character in the movie. Even Mark Hamill didn’t understand why Johnson put him in the position he made for the movie. Fans strongly disagreed with Luke in The Last Jedi. Ryan Johnson also made the planet that Luke was on with a lot of detail. For example in the background you could hear the Porgs do their little cry.

But hands down it was an excellent film. I just wonder what Rian will do with the next trilogy considering the events that close out the movie. This was the longest Star Wars movie we have gotten but if you’re patient and a huge fan of the franchise, then I recommend you see it.

-Max U.

Film Review: Rogue One

rogueone_onesheetaSpoiler Alert!

I recently saw the film Rogue One, the latest film in the Star Wars franchise. I have to say, it was pretty amazing. The basic plot for the story takes place right before Episode IV A New Hope and follows the actions of the main character Jyn. Her dad, Galen was a well known engineer who was taken by the Empire to complete the Death Star. Galen hid Jyn away to save her from the Empire. Many years later the Rebel Alliance finds out who Jyn is and rescues her, as she was being held by the Empire for some small crimes. Their plan is to use her to gain the trust of her long time friend Saw Gerrera, who leads his own rebellion but it is much more chaotic and has been causing problems.

She gets there with the aid of a Rebel Intelligence agent named Cassian Andor, however the Empire decides to test out their newly constructed Death Star while the Rebels meet with Saw. Jyn and Cassian barely manage to get away, and receive a transmission from Jyn’s father (the main engineer on the Death Star) saying he hid a undetectable flaw in the space station as a chance for the Rebellion to destroy the evil weapon. They organize an attack on the archives that have the Death Star plans, which combined with the information Jyn’s father told them would be enough for the Rebellion to attempt the Death Star.

This obviously leads into the plot of A New Hope, and it is done very well. I felt like you really got to bond with the characters, but unfortunately they had to kill them all off because none of them show up in A New Hope. It really explained how the Rebels did get the plans for the Death Star, and the sacrifices that it took to get there. This was a outstanding spin-off movie which definitely should set a standard for any other spin-off movies.

-Max G.

The Last of the Jedi by Jude Watson

lastofthejedi_judewatsonEver wish you could relive your first Star Wars experience–watching the movies or riding Star Tours–all over again? Well, you can’t, but with the new movie, The Force Awakens, coming up in December, I thought it was about time to get myself back into the Star Wars swing of things. This is when I started to read the book series The Last of the Jedi.

This series follows Obi-Wan Kenobi as he survives Order 66, looks after Luke Skywalker on Tatooine, and goes on multiple new adventures with the help of new friends. In between Episodes III and IV of the Star Wars movies, not a lot is known; but this book series explains everything. It is also heart-warming to see my favorite character’s names in print and read about their adventures. Obi-Wan Kenobi is forced from his exile to rescue an old Jedi friend who also survived the purge. In doing so, he discovers that there are more Jedi hiding around the galaxy. Another part of the story that made me almost fall out of my seat where the mentions of Darth Vader.

Anakin/Vader had always been my favorite character in the entire Star Wars universe, and to read about him while putting my own mental images of his movie self was amazing. If you have not read these books, and love Star Wars like myself, I encourage you to do so. If you have not seen the Star Wars movies… then you should really get outside more.

-Kyle H.

The Last of the Jedi series is available to check out from the Mission Viejo Public Library