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Movie Review: Star Wars — The Clone Wars

Posted by Ryan on August 16, 2008

George Lucas obviously wants to make more money and milk the Star Wars universe a little bit more with the release of the new Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie.  I make that statement for two reasons: it’s a good movie with a “Star Wars” attached to it, thus the money will flow; and the film’s concept takes us back to a period already handled with an animated series, bookended between Episodes II and III which also deals with these events in a reasonable way.  (How about a movie or something about the period between the Clone Wars and Episdoe IV?  I’m sure that’s on the horizon once the Clone Wars has been exhausted.)

All that aside, I think the film was pretty good.  It’s purpose is to launch a new animated series on the Clone Wars’ theme.   The action was top-notch,  the animation was smooth and cool, and though targeted towards a younger audience, I enjoyed the character interactions.  Plus any movie with Samuel L. Jackson borrowing his voice to be a bad-ass Jedi has to have some quality (Now, I want you to go in that bag and find my [light saber]. Which one is it?  The one that says bad motha f*****).

I did not like the narrator replacing the opening crawl — it didn’t seem truly Star Wars-ish at first.  I also was not impressed with the concept of a padawan for Anakin.  “Ahsoka” reminded me of an overbearing and cocky Millennial most of the time.  Plus, there were a few other plot inconsistencies involving her, Ventress and Count Dooku.  That being said, kids will love this film, and hardcore Star Wars fans who have gotten over the prequel concept should at least enjoy the fighting.  B- in my book.

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Movie Review: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Posted by Ryan on May 23, 2008

NOTE:  A FEW LIGHT SPOILERS:

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull  (2008 ) was a damn great flick, following in the serious, yet sometimes tongue-in-cheek, pulp action of the originals!  It was full of fun and outrageous death-defying action sequences, mystical plot twists, and of course the commies are the bad guys this time! 

In fact, the Russian Communist Party is not too happy about the movie’s portrayal of Soviet Communists in 1957.  Note to Comrade:  get over it — your predecessors were well-documented monsters and we know you aren’t anymore!  Marxist-Communism as a way of life has been exposed as a failure currently rotting on the ash heap of history.  The movie simply elaborates on already existing stereotypes of Soviets in the post-Stalin/pre-Sputnik period.

Back to the flick.  I enjoyed the fun and quickly accepted the unusual premise they through at us.  If you didn’t, the tone of this overview will not match yours.  Indiana Jones still rocks as an older professor.  I really enjoyed seeing Indy back in action.  George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have earned every dollar that their film makes this and in subsequent weekends. 

So, I don’t want to say anymore because there are things about this film that can be spoiled.  In short, I haven’t been this satisfied with a movie in a long time.  Both nostalgia and the film’s sense of fun (plus I love seeing commies as the bad-guys; the Nazis were getting old in these films) have earned an unabashed A for this film in my opinion.  If you have other thoughts after seeing the flick, comment using as many spoilers as you want– there is much to discuss.

Official movie picture printed in the Boston Globe.

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