The following is a retro review of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, a George Lucas film.
The first return of Star Wars didn’t go as well as planned. Way back in 1999, George Lucas resurrected the greatest movie franchise of all-time with The Phantom Menace. It included politics, fan-service, and a very young Darth Vader. Fans were certain that this franchise reboot was going to work, but, unfortunately, the end result did not live up to most fans’ expectations. To this day, the end result is remembered as one of the worst examples of prequel films, but, while I can’t say that I like the film, I don’t think it is as catastrophic as its sequel. Continue reading “RETRO REVIEW: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)”→
Attention: the following post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
I’ve spoken to numerous people about the newest villains in the Star Wars saga, and what has become abundantly clear is that I don’t see eye to eye with a lot of the people criticizing the character of Kylo Ren. I’ve found myself defending his character, his development, his design, and the like on multiple occasions. I’m getting really tired of seeing people misinterpreting the greatness of Kylo Ren, so this month’s Dagobah Day is all about Kylo! Continue reading “We Need To Talk About Kylo – Dagobah Day #10”→
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) – Directed by George Lucas.
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – Directed by Irvin Kershner.
Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983) – Directed by Richard Marquand.
The Collection is a monthly opinion piece, which features a single film, trilogy, or the like that I consider to be one of the best of all-time – a must watch film or franchise. A new entry in The Collection will be highlighted and revealed on the third Monday of every month. This month I’m starting The Collection with the original Star Wars trilogy, arguably the best trilogy of all-time. Continue reading “The Collection #1 – Star Wars: The Original Trilogy”→
The following is a classic review of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, a Richard Marquand film. Expect spoilers.
1983 – Return of the Jedi – the end of the original trilogy. While Empire Strikes Back is definitely the best film, Return of the Jedi was my favorite film when I was younger. And there is a simple reason why this film, though not the best of the three, is remembered so fondly by so many people. Return of the Jedi is the most satisfying Star Wars film. Continue reading “CLASSIC REVIEW: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)”→
The following is a full written review of Marvel’s Star Wars #1 – Written by Jason Aaron, with art by John Cassaday – Month of Release: January 2015.
At 2014’s San Diego Comic Con, Marvel Comics revealed that they were releasing three new series in early 2015. Star Wars, Star Wars: Darth Vader (Both Monthly), & Star Wars: Princess Leia (Limited Run). All three of the aforementioned early 2015 Star Wars series take place right after Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. I might review the other opening issues as well, and I will continue to review this series if the story is respectful.
Warning – the following brief plot-summary might contain spoilers.
Star Wars #1: Skywalker Strikes follows the original cast of Star Wars, as they try to bring down an imperial weapons facility. The gang pose as negotiators for Jabba the Hut, and everything goes fine – until, suddenly, Darth Vader arrives. Leia orders Chewbacca to take a shot at Vader, but they’re out of luck, obviously. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker saves slaves – and Leia & Han get into an argument. While Han & Leia try to find a way out of the facility, followed by the liberated slaves, Luke hears the voice of Obi Wan – and runs into Darth Vader.
The story is very entertaining – as fun as you’d expect it to be. The dialogue is very good for the main characters, but I took issue with the sudden information dump by C-3PO in the beginning of the issue – I would expect the exposition to interweave better in a high stakes comic book. Still, this feels like Star Wars.
I’ve got to say that I am impressed by the cover art, and the overall look of the universe in the comic book. It looks absolutely great. There is, however, one thing that disappointed me. At times the likeness was off – especially for Luke Skywalker. At times he looked like more like a Ellen DeGeneres lookalike, than a young Mark Hamill.
I often say that it was my first nerd-love, and it was – yet I’ve never actually read Star Wars comic books until now. I didn’t know they existed until a few years ago. Had I known, I would’ve been a lot happier – methinks. Now, how do I feel this comic book overall feels to me compared to the films, shows etc. that I’ve watched? It fits perfectly within the narrative of the original trilogy. Same feel, same look – same mood. Spot on.
At the end of the issue, you see some preview pages for Star Wars: Darth Vader & Star Wars: Princess Leia. While it would be impossible to make a statement on the story based on preview pages, I loved the look of Star Wars: Darth Vader, but I’m iffy about the look of Star Wars: Princess Leia.
Final Grade: A- – The feel and look of Star Wars is captured in this entertaining mission. For full list of Comic Book Review grades go here.