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Star Wars The Last Jedi

My sister’s Rey Outfit

I haven’t done a movie review in awhile and honestly, it won’t take me as long as another story I’d like to share from my recent trip to Big Bend. And since it’s the holidays and everyone is in a rush, including me, I’m going for short and sweet.

Now I’m not a huge Star Wars Fan. I enjoy it, and I know a lot of things about it, thanks to my sister. But I’m not… how should I say this, over invested? Anyway, I think this makes it easier for me to enjoy the Star Wars movies, I’m not nit picky when it comes to these movies and I really enjoyed all of them, more or less when I first saw them. Looking back, movies like Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were not that great. And actually I wasn’t too fond of Rogue One either, just because everyone died. But in general, I enjoy these movies, but I’m not so attached that I get mad if it isn’t as good as I was expecting.

So anyway, I really enjoyed The Force Awakens and I’ve been looking forward to The Last Jedi for a long time. So me and my sister went opening night to see the new movie. And I can honestly say I enjoyed it. It went well with the first movie in this newest trilogy and it was a good continuation of the story. I enjoyed seeing Rey and Finn and Poe develop more as characters and learn something more about themselves. Finn finally accepted being a Rebel, Poe learned to care more for people than just being a hero, and Rey learned that she didn’t have to find her family to have a place in the world. I also was happy with the direction Luke Skywalker’s character took. It seemed very realistic and he did bring his own sort of humor to the story.

There were also a lot of epic fight scenes and hilarious dialogue in the film that kept me engaged and enjoying the story. Poe’s opening quips with General Hux were particularly memorable as was Rey getting smacked by a plant when she was trying to feel the force. So if you enjoy a good action movie, with some spot on humor I think you’d enjoy this film. And if you liked The Force Awakens, I’m pretty sure you’ll like this movie too. But if you were really set on finding out who Rey’s parents were and didn’t like the direction the new films were taking, you might be disappointed. But I enjoyed it and I hope you do too.

In any case, I hope you enjoy the holidays and take some time to be with family and friends and remember that relationships are more important than presents. Merry Christmas everyone!

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

So, I finally made it back to a movie theater and thought I’d do a blog post about the newest film in the Harry Potter Franchise: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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Now I’m a bit new to this fandom, I didn’t grow up reading the books or watching the movies, though many in my generation did. I only read and watched the original series this past year. So it was kind of fun to go to my first Harry Potter movie at the movie theater. I was joined by several friends and we settled into our comfy reclining chairs to watch the story of the man who wrote Harry’s textbook.

I was also really excited to watch this movie because Eddie Redmayne plays the main character Newt Scamander. He also played Marius in Les Miserables and I loved that movie. So I was excited for how he’d pull off this role. He did a great job with his awkward smiles and his hilarious interactions with the beasts he carries around in his suitcase. He turns Newt into a lovable character that you can’t help but root for.

But my favorite part of this movie was our Muggle or No Mag character Jacob Kowalski. He brought so much humor into this movie with his fascination for all of the magical things he had never seen or experienced before. Maybe I identified with him the most because this whole world is a bit new to me too. But mostly it was just his good sense of humor and how he accepts that this world is real and wants to help protect it.

In any case, this film had a intriguing story, fun new characters, beautiful animation and I wouldn’t mind seeing it again. So if you have time during this Thanksgiving Break, go see it.


The Nut Job

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So I got on Netflix today and found that The Nut Job was available to download. When I saw commercials for this movie I thought it looked like a generic kids movie, and one on the lower end of the spectrum. So I never went to see it in theaters and didn’t have much interest. However, when I saw it on Netflix, I thought eh whatever, might as well watch it.

If you haven’t been reading my blog, here’s a tidbit, I love kids movies. For some reason it’s the genre I like the most. So, here I am watching this movie, expecting some silly storyline and undefined characters and a lot of cheap jokes. But as I kept watching, I was pleasantly surprised.

I actually enjoyed the storyline. The movie seemed to be based in the not too distant past, when bank robbers pulled big heists. The plot weaves around two separate heists, one a group of animals is trying to pull off, in order to survive winter, and the other, a group of thugs who are robbing a bank. There’s some interesting correlations between the two groups, so the audience can see their similarities but also their differences. And there’s enough twists and turns in the storyline to make it interesting.

The characters are fairly well developed as well, especially our hero who goes from a selfish independent scrounger, to a reluctant hero. And the villain is also well hidden so that their real motives are a surprise to the audience.

Even the humor was okay, it’s not a roll on the floor laughing kind of movie, but the jokes aren’t too dumb.

So if you enjoy a good family/kids movie like me, check out The Nut Job on Netflix.

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