I just saw The Rise of Skywalker and it far exceeded my expectations. The critics and haters can say what they will, but I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It answered countless questions and was a satisfactory conclusion to the Skywalker Saga as a whole. It also promises more forthcoming books, comics, television shows, and so on that will fill in the gaps. For a hardcore fanboy like me, that it an entertainment goldmine. Some fans think Palpatine’s return negated Anakin Skywalker’s sacrifice in Return of the Jedi, but I completely disagree. The Prophecy of the Chosen One did not say if the Sith would be destroyed permanently nor did it say how long the balance in the Force would last. As far as I’m concerned, Anakin fulfilled the prophecy even if it was for a brief time. Overall, I am more than pleased with how Rise of Skywalker turned out and I would recommend it to any Star Wars fan from any generation.
I thoroughly enjoy the film Sideways, which depicts two friends having a week-long stag party in wine country. Paul Giamatti plays a depressed, divorced, and struggling writer who is seeking to publish a book while undergoing a stressful time in his life. Thomas Haden Church plays a self-centered and impulsive actor who is past his prime. Throughout the movie, these two men get into all kinds of trouble, including one of them getting his face caved in. Even though there were scenes in this movie that are depressing to watch, there were many parts that were both funny and relatable. I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys life stories and good humor.
Another good fantasy movie from the 80s that I enjoy is The NeverEnding Story. Readers often imagine themselves entering the world of the books they read. In this film, that literally happens for one young boy. He reads a book and discovers he has become part of the story. I like how the fantasy world of Fantasia is the physical incarnation of human imagination. On the downside, this film also shows what happens to human imagination when it is subjected to cynicism and despair. That nihilistic despair takes the form of a force called The Nothing, which gradually destroys Fantasia one region at a time. The film also shows how hope can be restored in the darkest of times. I would recommend this film to anyone who wants a peek at human imagination.
I watched The Dark Crystal for the first time since I was a small child. The first time I watched it, I was too young to understand what was going on. However, I have a greater appreciation for this film now that I am older. It is a story of life and death, light and darkness, and the balance between it all. The puppetry was masterfully done and the world building was very imaginative. This Friday, Netflix will be releasing a prequel series to The Dark Crystal called Age of Resistance, which will depict the Skeksis at the zenith of their power and the near extinction of the Gelfling race. I would recommend this film to anyone who is seeking a good fantasy film that does not have a single human character.
I recently rewatched one of my favorite fantasy films, Dragonslayer! I like this film because it portrayed a unique fantasy world that reacted to the presence of a dragon in various ways. A sorcerer regards the dragon as one of the last remnants of magic, a boy sees it as a chance to prove himself a man, a kingdom regards it with fear, and a king regards it as a monster to appease at all costs. This film depicted one of the best dragons in cinematic history. The story and world building were wonderful. You just don’t get films like this anymore.
At first, I did not know what to expect when I watched Shin Godzilla, but I was in for a collection of surprises. To begin with, the film was a reboot of the traditional Japanese Godzilla films, which brought forth a new way to reimagine the almighty King of the Monsters. The film depicted Japan’s first encounter with Godzilla and how their government would react. As for Godzilla himself, I like this version of the King of the Monsters because we got to see the various stages of its life cycle and how it evolves to overcome limitations. When Godzilla evolved into its fourth form, it looked like the Godzilla we all know and love. When the Japanese military fought Godzilla, I loved watching his famous indestructibility being depicted through 21st century CGI technology. It made the whole experience more believable than the original 1954 film. Also, not only was Godzilla’s infamous atomic breath more overpowered than ever, but we got to see a certain weakness Godzilla had that we did not know was there before. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Shin Godzilla and watched it dozens of times already. I would recommend it to the new generation of Godzilla and Kaiju fans.
I have mixed feelings about The Darkest Minds. It was neither good nor bad. It was just enjoyable. I liked the idea of superhuman children being persecuted by the government because it gave a certain vulnerability to the characters. The ending hinted the possibility of a sequel and I would recommend this film to anyone who is seeking an enjoyable science fiction film.