Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Reviews
'Star Trek Beyond' is successful at capturing the feel and flavor of The Original Series despite the actors trying too hard to act like their TOS counter parts. There is a healthy dose of those clichéd one liners that have been embedded in pop culture for decades, but, who cares. We love those one liners. We love those characters. And, we love the fact that the Star Trek franchise has found a way to recall TOS characters in a way that no other franchise is able to get away with. Let's be honest, the franchise has found a way to re-boot the franchise while keeping the entire Star Trek history in the same universe, even though there in different timelines. Take that X-Men. Blow it out your web slingers Spiderman. And you to Star Wars. Take all of that non-canon history and shove it up you At-At.
Well, that's enough of my ramblings. On to the movie.
'Star Trek Beyond' delivers a two hour mindless good time. It's the equivalent of cinematic crack. Take a hit, turn off your mind, and shut out the rest of the world for two hours. Certainly there are a few things to nick pick about, but so what, this isn't Chris Pines attempt to win an Oscar. Over all everything works well. Plenty of action that doesn't run on too long and plenty of down time but not enough to slow the movie. Of course the plot is thin, but so what. You not watching this for the character development or the in depth geo-political relationships between interstellar worlds leading to an over throw of the established power structure from within. That's what happen in 'Star Wars: Episode I' and we all know how that turned out. This Five star movie is brilliantly simple; the way a Summer Blockbuster should be.
The new ideas and visuals are aesthetically pleasing for fans of the original trilogy and the John Williams score is terrific, even if the script, actors, and director don't inject the fun of the original trilogy to balance it all out.
There is a lot going on in this, good action and interesting characters.
I do think that Qui-Gonn Jinn's having Anakin pod race was highly unethical. It was central to the storyline, but not right to me. I don't believe for a second that a powerful Jedi just couldn't find another way. Jinn apparently lacked imagination (and that is not Liam Neeson's fault). I don't have to agree with everything in a Star Wars movie to find it entertaining.
To see the beginnings of the mysterious dark character Darth Vader was interesting.
A lot of characters vital to the continued story are introduced and developed. There is so much happening all over the place, and yet the storyline is coherent and ties together.
Darth Maul is a visually appealing adversary, with a striking red and black head and some kick ass martial arts moves. The final battle scenes were climactic and exciting. The Gungens vs droids battle had some funny moments. The loss of Qui-Gon Jinn and his replacement by his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi was tragically memorable.
Although some were annoyed by Jar Jar Binx, I thought he was kind of lovable and funny. Perhaps just a bit too much of his antics, but it's hard to get every detail absolutely perfect. There was a lot of creativity in the development of characters, costumes, and I particularly liked the watery underworld on the planet Naboo, from the mysterious Gungen city to the giant seamonsters in the core ocean.
Well wishes to Jake Loyd.
Loved duel of fates scene still love that battle song
I love more back story on Jedi and beginnings of all but still like this one