Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Star Wars franchise which began its journey in 1977 with the release of Star Wars: A New Hope, continues to have a large fan following until today. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the ninth film of the Star Wars universe and the second film of the new trilogy which was started with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As it is one of the biggest releases of this year, let’s find out what it has to offer.

The story takes off where the previous film ended. Rey finally meets Master Luke Skywalker on an unknown planet and asks for his help to save the Rebels from the First Order.

The film has a cast of good actors which includes Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. There is nothing new in terms of the story, but the treatment and matured character arcs make it an interesting watch.

Writer-director Rian Johnson has successfully maintained the soul of the Star Wars franchise. The story and characters have a depth which really connects with you. Especially the Jedi-triangle of Kylo, Rey, and Luke, who are the highlights of the film.

You would find many resemblances to the previous Star Wars movies like the Luke-Vader-Emperor climax scene from Return of the Jedi and few others. The film depends on too much of nostalgia. But it does so with cleverness and depth. The visual effects and action sequences are really good and enjoyable.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is undoubtedly one of the best Star Wars movies and it is a treat to fans. So go ahead and book your tickets this weekend. We promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

Rating: ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹ & 1/2

(Note: To really understand the story at a deeper level, we would recommend you watch all the previous Star Wars movies. If that is not possible then at least watch the previous film, which could considerably help you understand the story in a better way)

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Genre: Action, SciFi, Adventure

Directed by Rian Johnson

Based on: Characters by George Lucas

Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly, Marie Tran

Music by: John Williams

Cinematography: Steve Yedlin

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War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes is the third installment of the Planet of the Apes franchise by Twentieth Century Fox. Picking up a few years after the harrowing events of the previous film, this film puts us right into the conflict between the smart Apes and the destructive humans fighting to reclaim their supremacy.

Caesar, played by Andy Serkis, has to lead his people to safety as a group of unidentified soldiers plan to attack the Apesโ€™ stronghold, and the evil Colonel, played by Woody Harrelson, who leads the soldiers has hidden plans of his own.

The story is really not about the war between apes and human beings. It’s about Ceaser’s internal journey and the conflict of not becoming like Koba, who was the negative character in the previous film. The character of Ceaser is maturely evolved across the franchise. The focus is more on Apes and the story is told from their perspective. Apart from the existing characters like Maurice and Rocket, a new character is introduced Bad Ape, which is played by Steve Zahn. The arrival of Bad Ape brings a little humor to this dark and emotional film.

After watching the previous two films of the franchise, it is normal to expect an epic battle sequence at the end. But it doesn’t happen that way. The film also feels slow and little lengthy at few times in the second half.

The motion capturing done for creating the apes is so outstanding that you never feel that it’s the CGI. The apes look very real like a human being. The cinematography is remarkable and gives an epic feel to the story. The background score does justice to the crucial emotional moments throughout the film.

Overall, War for the Planet of the Apes is a great ending to the trilogy. It is an emotional, thought-provoking and brilliantly crafted film. Hail, Caesar!

Rating: ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹ & 1/2

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Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure

Directed by: Matt Reeves

Starring:  Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Sara Canning, Ty Olsson, Terry Notary, Devyn Dalton, Aleks Paunovic, Alessandro Juliani, Amiah Miller, Chad Rook, Karin Konoval, Gabriel Chavarria

Music: Michael Giacchino

Cinematography: Michael Seresin

Spiderman Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a reboot and also the characterโ€™s first solo film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The story picks up after the events of Captain America: Civil War in which Tom Holland made his debut as the new Spiderman.

After his short mission with the Avengers, Peter is back at home and has to face challenges like any other teenager: school, exams, and girls. To make matters worse, Tony Stark flatly refuses to involve him in any more superhero stuff, and wants him to just remain the โ€˜friendly neighbourhood Spider-Manโ€™. But Peter cannot stay quite when he sees something wrong happening around him and goes off fighting criminals on his own. This is Peter Parker’s journey to prove to himself, that he is ready for the big, bad world.

When compared to previous Spiderman movies, this one is more on the fun side and less on the sad personal emotions. The Spiderman’s new high-tech suit is very much like Iron Man and you can see glimpses of Tony Stark in the new Peter Parker. Well, a student always tries to be like his mentor.

Tom Holland has done a good job and looks promising. Michael Keaton was a great choice for the character of Vulture. But he would have made a great villain if had been shown fiercer and brutal. Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role of Tony Stark and is like a cool mentor to the young Peter Parker.

The humor is good and enjoyable. The action sequences look realistic with less use of VFX. It’s a break from the VFX-heavy action seen in many superhero movies nowadays.

Keeping the flaws aside, Spiderman Homecoming is a refreshing teenage superhero movie. It is small in terms of scale but big on entertainment.

Rating: ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹ & 1/2

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Genre: Action, Superhero, Comedy

Directed by: Jon Watts

Starring:  Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.

Cinematography: Salvatore Totino