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Old 01-10-2018, 01:36 PM
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'Last Jedi' Editor Has Some Second Thoughts About That Off-Screen Death

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Old 02-01-2018, 10:22 PM
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I thought I'd wait until I saw The Last Jedi twice before I reviewed it since I wasn't sure how I felt about it after the first time that I saw it. But after I watched it a second time, I can say that I really like it.

The movie was visually stunning, especially the first battle sequence in space with all it's fiery fourth-of-July-like explosions and space ships streaking about. Also, I know that some people criticized Leia floating around in space having saved herself from the blast that knocked her body into the vacuum of space, but I thought that it was cool and a great opportunity for Leia to demonstrate her force powers that he may have been using all these years. Plus, I thought that she looked like a Disney princess when she floated back into her ship.... But wait... She is now a Disney princess.

Although, one thing that I was curious about, which I was also curious about in The Empire Strikes Back, is how could both Luke and Rey only have a handful of Jedi lessons(Luke had a few more than Rey) and end up becoming full fledged Jedi, even though most Jedi have to train for years from childhood? Also, I could understand Luke's negative attitude about the force and about the Jedi in the first half of the movie since he felt horribly guilty about and responsible for bringing forth one of the greatest evils of the universe since Darth Vader.

But I thought that the Yoda scene was kind of weird, and I didn't know that force ghosts still had force powers, although I wonder why. Also, even though it was good to see Yoda again, he almost acted like he was space happy from some sort of space fumes in the Netherworld.

But some of my favorite scenes was with Snoke and Kylo Ren. And I forget what they were talking about, but I like when Snoke knocked Kylo on his behind. And the second time that I saw that, I noticed(or noticed more) the blue force lightning that lit up Kylo's body. Cool scene. Also, I'm really glad that the writers got rid of Kylo's silly little helmet, which to me made him look like a cheap imitation of Darth Vader. Plus, without the helmet I have come to really like the Kylo Ren character.(Yes, I really hated that helmet.)

Also, one of my favorite scenes was the confrontation between Snoke, Kylo, and Rey. And I loved how Kylo disguised/hid his intent to kill Snoke with a false intent to activate his light sabre and strike Rey down. Very cool. Although, I had thought that maybe Kylo had turned to the light side, but in typical fashion, he wanted to now rule everything with Rey by his side. However, I'm still not sure what their relationship is all about and whether they're related, or if he just admires her abilities in the force, or if he's romantically attracted to her. Although since this is Stars Wars, it could be either or, or perhaps a combination of all three.

But that's one of the things that I looking forward to in the next movie: What Kylo and Rey's relationship is actually all about. Plus, I'm wondering if Kylo lied to Rey about her parents in order to manipulate her in some way.

And one more thing... I thought that the end of the movie was interesting, but I thought that Luke's fighting skills could have been shown off a lot more. But I guess the whole point of that fight was to stall for time where Luke was basically dodging Kylo's blows.
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Old 02-17-2018, 03:07 AM
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Something that I don't think has been discussed here is how disappointing TLJ's IMAX release is. The Force Awakens had one scene (the escape of Jakku) that was shot with an IMAX camera, and when seen in an IMAX theater, the aspect ratio would expand for that one scene to fill the entire screen, showing imagery and depth that no one in a regular theater would see.
this video shows the difference between the two.

Several scenes in The Last Jedi were filmed in IMAX, not just one like in TFA. This fact was mentioned in ads, so I decided to re-watch the movie in IMAX (technically a smaller "LieMAX", not one of the really massive, older IMAX theaters). I paid $19, twice that of a normal ticket at that multiplex, and settled in ready to spot the aspect ratio changes during the IMAX scenes. Never happened.

Apparently, several scenes in TLJ were filmed with IMAX cameras, but the differences didn't make it into the final product, so there's not really a compelling reason to see this movie in IMAX (the sound in the theater was also too loud, even painful during the previous and battle scenes). I'm still ticked off over the $19.
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Old 02-17-2018, 12:22 PM
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I love these.

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