Me & My Muse Go To the Movies #9: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Part I

I just got back from the movie, and…

 

Muse:  We’re not doing this.

But…

Muse:  I enjoyed the movie a lot.  I’m just too tired to discuss it tonight.  Can we discuss it tomorrow after I get some sleep?  Good night!

Sure.  We can do that.

Just to let you know, the movie was good and tomorrow, I’ll tell you why…

Advertisements

Me & My Muse Go To the Movies #8: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Part II

Okay.  It’s been almost five days since we saw the movie.  Are we going to talk about it, or what?

 

Muse:  Yes.  I’m ready.

You slept in quite a bit today, didn’t you?  Until 1:00 in the afternoon if I can recall correctly…

Muse:  There’s a reason for that.  For the past few nights, I kept having these nightmares about Darth Vader.  I was Jyn, and I was cornered…then he minced me into pieces with his lightsaber…

*sigh*  Is that the only reason?

Muse:  Yes.  I know…It’s pretty dumb, isn’t it?  I have these dreams a lot in some of the mystery books that I read…

Well anyway, let’s get to the movie.

https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/bvAjp7oK2zwee3PPKxA5L1JQhC0=/0x53:1019x626/1600x900/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/49253621/rogueone_logo.0.0.jpg

 

Let’s begin with first impressions.  What did you think of the beginning?  There was a scene where some imperial ships arrive on the planet Lah’mu to approach a family.

Muse:  I loved the beginning.  The title crawl was a little different.  That startled me when those imperial ships showed up.  What were they up to?

After that, the father gets kidnapped, the mother gets killed and the girl escapes.  The rebels end up finding her instead…

Muse:  I loved the escape.  In looking at the characters, I like Felicity Jones.  I thought that it was good to have a female protagonist.

Let’s not forget Jiang Wen, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, and Donnie Yen.  They all made up the key players in the Rogue One team.

Muse:  Yup.  The team led by Jyn Erso.

Yeah.  Touching a little more on the movie, it was a little departure from Episode VIII.  Instead of going there, they decided to cover some back story that explained how the rebels got the plans to the Death Star.  So this was basically right before Episode IV.

Muse:  I don’t mind the change of pace at all.  If anything, it sets everything up nicely for Episode VIII, which I definitely can’t wait for…

I can’t wait until Episode VIII either.  Now the ending,  I really loved the ending.  Princess Leia…

Muse:  Shhh!  Don’t mention the ending!  The Mystery Box is still closed for some people.

Very well.  This will be mostly spoiler-free.  But be fairly warned.  In my review for this movie, there will be spoilers.  Lots of them.  So much so that the review will be prefaced with a spoiler warning.

Muse:  That’s fine.  With having an informal discussion about the movie, I want to make sure that we don’t spoil it for everyone…But yeah.  The ending is really really good.  Tee hee!

Overall, I give the movie a 4.5 out of 5.  It’s not really as good as The Force Awakens but it’s still really good and action-packed.  It was a really good prequel that filled in some backstory. Backstory that just might explain some future events in the later parts of the Star Wars Saga beyond The Force Awakens…

Muse:  4.5, huh?  That’s a little bit generous.  I give it a 4 out of 5.  For it to earn that extra star, it really has to grow on me.  And over time, it will.  I know that it will…

Thanks for your comments on the movie.  With that, I will definitely have to see it again.

Muse:  See it again!  And to be honest, I think I know why you want to.  You fell asleep during parts of the movie, didn’t you?

So what?  It was really late and I was really tired.

Muse:  Well, I was wide awake the whole time!  So you’re seeing it again?  I think that I’m going to…And my Princess Leia dress needs to be washed.  It’s stained with popcorn seasoning from a few days ago.  See you tomorrow…

I’ll let you do that.

That’s it for the discussion.  Stay tuned for the review!

Until then, I’ll see you shortly for the review!

Me & My Muse Go To the Movies #8: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Part I

I just got back from the movie, and…

 

Muse:  We’re not doing this.

But…

Muse:  I enjoyed the movie a lot.  I’m just too tired to discuss it tonight.  Can we discuss it tomorrow after I get some sleep?  Good night!

Sure.  We can do that.

Just to let you know, the movie was good and tomorrow, I’ll tell you why…

Me & My Muse Go To the Movies #7: Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Part II

Okay.  It’s been almost four days since we saw the movie.  Are we going to talk about it, or what?

 

Muse:  Yes.  I’m ready.

You slept in quite a bit today, didn’t you?  Until 1:00 in the afternoon if I can recall correctly…

Muse:  There’s a reason for that.  For the past few nights, I kept having these nightmares about Kylo Ren.  I was Rey, and I was cornered…then he minced me into pieces with his lightsaber…

*sigh*  Is that the only reason?

Muse:  Yes.  I know…It’s pretty dumb, isn’t it?  I have these dreams a lot in some of the mystery books that I read…

Well anyway, let’s get to the movie.

 

https://i2.wp.com/images.huffingtonpost.com/2015-12-16-1450300622-8118374-Star_Wars.png

Let’s begin with first impressions.  What did you think of the beginning?  There was a scene where there was a dark transport filled with stormtroopers.  One of them looked a little suspicious.  This, I knew, since I saw some of the trailers…

Muse:  I loved the beginning.  The traditional title crawl, and the scene.  Seeing those stormtroopers set everything up for the beginning.  The First Order was about to attack.

After that, Poe meets with a village elder on Jakku to obtain a map to Luke Skywalker’s whereabouts.  Not to spoil much, the journey begins as the Resistance and the First Order begin looking for Luke.  Only with the map will they be able to find the last Jedi…

Muse:  Let’s get to the slight changes.  We need to remember an important thing.  Lucas doesn’t own the franchise anymore.  Disney does.  And with that being the case, I am watching them very closely.  Don’t screw it up.  Please…

It’s true that there is a change.  Disney didn’t go with the proposed draft for Episode VII that George Lucas had.  Even with that being the case, I feel like the story is pretty solid.

Muse:  And that’s all because of J. J. Abrams.  He deconstructed all the original Star Wars films and reassembled them, using the common elements that he found in each one.  He calls it his mystery box.

And I don’t find a problem with this.  After all, George Lucas is still the consultant for all things pertaining to the franchise.  It’s his child, and he doesn’t want Abrams or Disney to hurt him.

Muse;  Or her?  What if the Star Wars franchise is a girl?  Don’t be sexist.

I’m not.

Muse:  I was just kidding.  Getting back to the movie, I like Daisy Ridley.  I thought that it was good to have a female protagonist.

Let’s not forget John Boyega.  He was there to provide a balance to Rey’s character.  Also comedy relief.

Muse:  Ha ha.  Maybe a little.  I liked Finn.  Especially when he was a coward…

Yeah.  But maybe there’s more to Finn than being a coward, huh?  Touching a little more on the movie, it was a little different than Lucas’s proposed draft.  And if you want to know that, read the expanded universe.  In that timeline, Disney doesn’t consider that to be canon.

Muse:  I think that Disney wants to go a different direction with the story.  They know the fans, so they want to do this in a way that will not upset them.

And I think that they did a good job in achieving this balance.  Now the ending,  I really loved the ending.  Rey…

Muse:  Shhh!  Don’t mention the ending!  The Mystery Box is still closed for some people.

Very well.  This will be mostly spoiler-free.  But be fairly warned.  In my review for this movie, there will be spoilers.  Lots of them.  So much so that the review will be prefaced with a spoiler warning.

Muse:  That’s fine.  With having an informal discussion about the movie, I want to make sure that we don’t spoil it for everyone…But yeah.  The ending is really really good.  Tee hee!

Overall, I give the movie a 5 out of 5.  The movie is iconic, and the beginning of a new amazing chapter in the Star Wars franchise…

Muse:  5, huh?  That’s a little bit generous.  I give it a 4.5 out of 5.  For it to earn that extra .5 stars, it really has to grow on me.  And over time, it will.  I know that it will…

Thanks for your comments on the movie.  With that, I might have to see it again.

Muse:  See it again!  I think that I’m going to…And my Princess Leia dress needs to be washed.  It’s stained with popcorn seasoning from a few days ago.  See you tomorrow…

I’ll let you do that.

That’s it for the discussion.  Stay tuned for the review!

Until then, I’ll see you tomorrow!

Me & My Muse Go To the Movies #6: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Part II

Okay.  It’s been almost a day since we saw the movie.  Are we going to talk about it, or what?

 

Muse:  Yes.  I’m ready.

You slept in quite a bit today, didn’t you?  Until 1:00 in the afternoon if I can recall correctly….

Muse:  There’s a reason for that.  For the remainder of the night, I kept having these nightmares about Azog.  I was cornered, and I was cut in two by his mace….

*sigh*  Is that the only reason?

Muse:  Yes.  I know….It’s pretty dumb, isn’t it?  I have these dreams a lot in some of the mystery books that I read….

Well anyway, let’s get to the movie.

https://i2.wp.com/imageserver.moviepilot.com/hobbit-battle-of-five-armes-battle-of-five-armies-go-behind-the-scenes-of-the-hobbit-with-thranduil-and-bard.jpeg

Let’s begin with first impressions.  What did you think of the beginning?  There was a scene where Smaug burned Laketown to a crisp.  After that, Bard saves the day.

Muse:  The beginning was pretty good.  Not to mention, the title card for the movie did not even appear until after Smaug was killed and it showed Erebor again.

After that, we see Tauriel, the elf that’s not supposed to exist lead the company of elves out of Laketown on a boat.  Not to spoil much, the dwarves get back to Erebor, the five armies assemble and there is an epic fight.

Muse:  Let’s get to the differences, since there are still some that infuriate me.

This seems to be the theme for the Hobbit.  Let’s try to see how many times we can contradict the book…

Muse:  And like before, they have done it again!  Like last time, Tauriel is still there.  She does NOT exist in the book and we don’t see Legolas until Lord of the Rings!  And like last time the plot builds on events that don’t exist in the book!  Galadriel helps Gandalf and Radagast escape.  Galadriel almost gets possessed by Sauron and tempted by him, but she casts him away into Mordor.  The dwarves NOT entering Erebor while Smaug was there when that happened TWICE in the book!

That’s quite a few differences!  Now…

Muse:  I’m not done!  One big mistake is that the movie included Azog!  Azog is supposed to be dead!  He existed 150 years before the events of The Hobbit! Thorin’s cousin Dain killed Azog at the Battle of Azanulbizar in the year 2799 T.A.  The Hobbit takes place 2941 to 2942 T.A.  With that said, that final fight with Azog is not supposed to exist!  Yes, Thorin dies in the book but it wasn’t from Azog!  And Tauriel is not supposed to exist!  I hate the stupid love triangle!  Urr…Jackson!  Why?

Okay.   There were a lot of big changes in the movie that were not very good.  One redeeming quality was the battle scenes near Erebor and Bilbo’s return to the Shire…

Muse:  Those scenes were good, but I HATED that final Azog battle scene!  He’s a walking contradiction to even still be alive!  Jackson probably wanted more action, so he “revived” him…

Indeed.  Anyone who has not read the book would not know any of this.

Muse:  I know!  That’s what makes me mad.  Anyone who has not read the books will not see the store as it should be.  Everyone.  Read the book! There are so many things wrong with this movie…

Now let’s get to the ending.  It ties back in to the events of The Lord of the Rings.  It’s Bilbo’s 111th birthday and Gandalf visits him once again.

Muse:  I like the parallel of him holding the ring in the past to him holding it 60 years later…

Overall, I give the movie a 4 out of 5.  The movie cannot be five stars, considering all the mistakes they made with the unnecessary additions…

Muse:  Really?  You’re being very generous.  I give it a 2 out of 5.  Because of that stupid final battle scene with Azog and all the other stupid additions that they made to this movie…

Thanks for you insight on all the differences.  With that, I will have to read the book again.

Muse:  Read it again, please! I have some more reading to do.

And my Galadriel dress needs to be washed.  It’s stained with popcorn seasoning from last night.  See you tomorrow….

I’ll let you do that.

That’s it for the discussion.  Stay tuned for the review!

Until then, I’ll see you tomorrow!

Me & My Muse Go To the Movies #6: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Part I

I just got back from the movie, and…..

 

Muse:  We’re not doing this.

But….

Muse:  I enjoyed the movie a lot.  I’m just too tired to discuss it tonight.  Can we discuss it tomorrow after I get some sleep?  Good night!

Sure.  We can do that.

Just to let you know, the movie was good and tomorrow, I’ll tell you why….