Star Wars: Twice Excited

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by Wiki Erudito

 

I’d seen Star Wars, The Force Awakens, two different times. It took me a long time to consider how I felt about it. The film was not by George Lucas. No matter how much I tried to see it, it was a very different movie. It had some great shots, nice computer graphic work, strong alien concepts, diverse worlds, and a solid story. The characters in this movie, whether it was Rey, Daisy Ridley, Finn, John Boyega, or Kylo Ren, Adam Driver, were strong. You immediately understood the balance of Rey in the film. John Boyega’s character, for me, was someone to watch for in the films going forward. I loved the split within Adam Driver’s character. How could I forget Poe Dameron’s, Oscar Isaac’s, purpose in the story?

 

In the end, I hope these writers create arcs for all of these characters that are uplifting, but can and will pull the rug from under everyone’s feet. I enjoyed how the film felt very much like after the war. It was very much like after a World War, if it were in space. Though many compared the film to Star Wars, Episode 4, this film used the similar backdrop very well and established a different way in this universe. The surprise in the film seemed obvious when it arrived. When” it” happened, it was sad. The characters’ reactions were even better. There could be some solid foreshadowing because of it.

 

I loved the light saber fight scene, at the end, but wondered about one element in part of that scene. One character was not what they seemed. However, it begged a question. The definition of light saber, highlighted in Wikipedia, defined it as a weapon used by Jedi and Sith, who are skilled, and use it for combat and defense. A major character handled one, but I wondered what their part was going to be in this film series. It might not be anything. Different rules are could be applied in this universe. However, it would be cool if something more could be made of the character. Star Wars, The Force Awakens, is solid. It just needed to be solid.

Guardians of the Galaxy is Not The Avengers…In Space

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It is a story in its own skin. That is what Guardians of the Galaxy represents. I look at Bradley Cooper, who played Rocket, in the film. The actor came in and took on a feral character, with a mad man’s tendency, and plays it to enjoy it, and create depth. The idea that he could play, or might be up for, a part in the Indiana Jones films, in the future, is exciting.

Though, if Indiana Jones passes the torch, to a different character, in Indiana Jones’ world, that Bradley Cooper can play, as his own role, with stories and adventures, it might be really great. Indiana Jones is his own character and shares parts of his story in the cinema. A Bradley Cooper adventurer could do the same. It is, after all, about the character, and those differences, that make entertainment.

Guardians of the Galaxy is solid. The characters, from Chris Pratt, as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana, as Gamora, Bradley Cooper, as Rocket, Dave Bautista, as Drax and Vin Diesel, as Groot, work in the galaxy, as a close-knit group, and tell the story of five individuals, who combine their causes, in order to save the universe. Each actor, and actress, along with supporting characters, play and enjoy their parts.

It is this aspect of the film, just in space, that makes it better. It seems routine. While some characters, and aliens, look peculiar, the movie does the job and tells the story of the five individuals who rise to the call of a great threat. It is fun. It is unique. It is epic, but usual. The action in the film is good. The comedy in the film is above, and over, what you would expect. I really like this movie, however dread what it represents.

There are two concerns. One concern is more copycat films, in space, may come out of Hollywood. I mean the bad copycat, but look; it is like your movie experience previously. I hope it is clear Guardians of the Galaxy is not a remake. It is an experience for those actors, actresses, and for the cinema, at the time. Move on to the next picture.  

It also represents more of what Hollywood needs in bigger movies. This movie is in space. It does not apologize for it, but embraces it. It has characters with complex lives, which also mirrors the different aspects of every individual. The story plays, the adventure roles forward and nothing is too extreme. It is just what people need to see.

I see this movie and I go back to what Green Lantern, as a movie, represents. It is great because it is the first Green Lantern film on the big screen. It is also a series of three-dimensional tests and almost opportunities in both character, and style. Guardians of the Galaxy plays, is fun, does not change what it says, and asks the audience to sit back and enjoy a movie for what the content represents, a good story from the comic book world.