Mary Poppins - Disney Films Project

 We are slowly making our way through our Disney Films Project and we were so excited when we got to Mary Poppins. It's one of our favorites!

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Katie's thoughts

I distinctly remember seeing this movie as a child and wanting to be able to use Mary's magical way of cleaning up a room. I was fascinated with her and her big bag of furnishings and clever ways. I loved the mixture of animation and live action and I especially loved the music. All of that is still true today. This is definitely a masterpiece in the Disneyverse, even if it wasn't a favorite of P.L. Travers (the author of the Mary Poppins series of books). Sure, it was "Disneyfied" but that is why I love it. 

Julie Andrews is the perfect Poppins and I love Dick Van Dyke's dancing. Many people miss that he also played the very old banker as well. The children are darling and seem like they are really experiencing the magic of Mary Poppins. I've never really cared for the mother figure in the story, but it's a minor issue for me and I think it's the intention of the film so that you focus on Mary.

I will admit that I like the character of Mr. Banks more after watching Saving Mr. Banks. Even if that film wasn't completely accurate, it made me look closer at what the story is really trying to accomplish and appreciate the epiphany that Mr. Banks experiences.

Oh, and I'm pretty sure that Feed the Birds is the best Sherman Brothers song of all time. Walt thought so too and he would often tell the brothers to "Play It" so he could listen to it.

This gets 10 out of 10 Mickeys from me!

 

Second opinion with Alex

Why on earth would this not be in the canon? 

Mary Poppins blends all of its points into a concise, focused, and practically perfect film. Every improvement to the story is notable, and the film is a hallmark of Disney's history.

This film has Julie Andrews, the Sherman Brothers, and the entire music team working to make a believable score, so you'd be surprised to learn that some songs were cut, or stuck in other films.

Everyone beats up on Bert's accent, but I can't imagine the character any other way. Besides, he can speak English well, as Mr. Dawes Senior. (Watch the credits if you need it spelled out for you.)

And that story! Everything has been made to fit the story of the woman who came from the sky to fix a family's problems. Yet enough is left out or made vague to launch so many, many more stories. I'm working on one now, in fact.

If you expect anything less than 10 out of 10 from this viewing, or my review, I insist you take another look, because I don't intend explaining the charm of this film.

In fact, make that 10 plus out of 10. If we must expand the scale, we must.

We also saw the Broadway adaptation of Mary Poppins in New York back in 2012. It was fantastic! They actually danced on the ceiling! We are so excited to be able to see this again when it plays this year at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

 

Scene from Mary Poppins: Anything Can Happen If You Let It (A Disney Theatrical Souvenir Book) 

Scene from Mary Poppins: Anything Can Happen If You Let It (A Disney Theatrical Souvenir Book) 

The Sword in the Stone - Disney Films Project

We sure have been enjoying our Disney Films Project even if it is going to take us a very long time to get through our list of 50 movies to watch. It's a good problem to have! This time we are reviewing The Sword in the Stone.

Katie's thoughts

I've watched this film so many times that I have found the bloopers and small mistakes made by the animators, yet I still love it. This is not a masterpiece by any means, but I adore the story and have always enjoyed the general theme of the movie. The Sword in the Stone is based on the King Arthur legend - specifically the book The Once and Future King by T.H. White. Of course it has been "Disneyfied" here, but it is still a good retelling. 

I enjoy Merlin and Archimedes and the lessons they teach "the Wart". It's a simple tale that is fun to watch. The opening number almost always lulls me to sleep these days so I load this show up on my iPad when I have trouble sleeping. It often takes me several nights to finish it all the way through.

The wizards duel with Madame Mim is a really clever bit of animation. I do agree with Alex that it slows down the story a bit but it is probably my favorite part of the movie. I also love the musical number of Higitus Figitus and the animation sequence that goes with it.

The animation is not top notch in this feature and the action is a bit slow. Despite those problems, I genuinely love this movie and it's just comforting for me to watch it. I'm giving it 7 out of 10 Mickeys. We all have our personal favorites and this just happens to be one of mine.

This movie is rarely reference in Disney culture these days and I've never run into any merchandise related to it. I sure would love to see a few items come up for sale. Maybe I missed something when it had it's 50 anniversary back in 2013? I guess I'll hope for a 60th celebration in 2023. Sigh! It is rumored that there will be a live action remake coming up, but I'm not all that excited about that idea. 

The most attention this movie gets is the photo opp attraction placed in Fantasyland in several of the Disney parks. Here's Alex and his Dad trying to figure out how to get the blasted thing out of the stone during a rainy trip to Disneyland in 2001.

 

Second opinion with Alex

I admire the film, half developed as it is. See, the problem here was that a lot of the animators were off chasing chickens while Bill Peet did his work. Chanticleer, I believe it was (the story the other animators were working on).

The message of wisdom is the films focus, to the point that the heart may seem muddled. Don't be fooled. The film's heart is its wisdom, and the point that brains will find or make a way. 

Of other note, Merlin here is actually a noted take on Walt, the old Maestro himself. The animators even gave the wizard Walt's nose.

Even the choice of Wart helps to focus our attention, giving us sympathy for our character. (By the way, that's not a recommended nickname. Ever!)

The film does get in its own way, however. The songs aren't as memorable as other Disney songs, though that's more rookie inexperience than anything. The Sherman Brothers will return, this I promise you.

My main peeve, however, is the imbalance in any sequence involving Madame Mim. Miss Mim absolutely slows the film's focus down. The wizard's Duel is excellent, don't get me wrong, but it just seems to derail our real story. (Which Miss Mim would no doubt take pride in, as she lives for these types of trainwrecks.)

Final rating on my end is 6 out of 10 Mickeys. It's excellent, but a few slips make this a mark off the beaten path. Still worth watching, however.  

 

 

101 Dalmatians - Disney Films Project

We were excited to watch one of our old favorites for our Disney Films Project and we found that we enjoyed the 101 Dalmatians so much as we watched it once again for this review.

 

Katie's thoughts

This movie is so full of memories for me that I can't help but associate it with Alex's childhood. He was obsessed with this movie for at least a year. When he was two years old, we watched it at least once a day, often times more than that. I believe I will have the dialogue memorized for the rest of my days. It's a good thing is a good movie!

Pongo is a great protagonist and I love the beginning when he is narrating the scene and talking about his "pet" Roger. The story of meeting Perdita and the arrival of the puppies is adorable and fun. The scenes around the TV are some of the funniest of the movie and I love the Canine Crunchies advertisement. Cruella is definitely a villain and deserves to have a song written about her. I never have liked her overuse of the word "idiot" though and that was something that made me cringe when Alex was little because I didn't want him to use that word. Boris and Jasper steal the show for me. They are much more fun to watch than Cruella. 

Overall, this is one of the classics in my book and a great part of the Disney library. I think that Anita and Perdita could have been given a little more to do because they are a bit on the bland side, but I realize the story isn't about them. I love the personality of the puppies and setting of England. I'm giving this a 9 out of 10 Mickeys.

Photo of original posters in the Disney Movie Poster Book

Photo of original posters in the Disney Movie Poster Book

Second opinion with Alex

So the word of the day is Bias. From the age of 2, I was crazy into this film, and still am, for different reasons. I'm a distinct Anglophile, and a British air pervades the entire production. The whole thing comes off as well made, tightly knit, and good in execution.

This is also one of the films that saved Disney from going under financially. The Xerox process made sure of that. Even so, the animation reflects the film's 1950's England setting perfectly, as does the writing.

The whole thing could generate much more in coverage, but it's a nice, focused film. I give this 9 out of 10 Mickeys. The only caveat is that I wish it were a little longer.

Sleeping Beauty - Disney Films Project

I bet you thought we forgot all about our Disney Films Project, but it's been in the back of our minds for quite some time. We may have gotten distracted by Star Wars, the holidays, schoolwork, and other such things...but we are still devoted to seeing this project through to the end!

  Photo of a poster in the Disney Movie Poster Book

 

Photo of a poster in the Disney Movie Poster Book

Katie's thoughts

I've always enjoyed this movie and I remember seeing it as a young child so I have some nostalgia associated it with it. When I viewed it for this project, I was amazed at how beautiful the film really is. When I mentioned that to Alex, he informed me that this is widely considered to be one of the great masterpieces of all animation and that is was so expensive to make that it nearly bankrupted the studio. Perhaps it was because we have a nice big screen to watch the most restored and up to date copy of this film on, but it was just incredible. The story is not the strong point of this film, the artwork is. That said, I do still like the story even though it's basic. Aurora is not my favorite princess as her character isn't developed much, but I've always loved the fairies, especially the "rebel" Merriweather.

I debated between giving this 8 or 9 Mickeys (out of 10) but I feel like I must award 9 for the sheer beauty of this film. 


Second opinion with Alex

First, this movie gets an A for ART, because there's so much of it being shown off. From the quaint woodland cottage, to the imposing rock of Maleficent's castle, the film feels like it should be it's own exhibition. And all of this from a student of Mary Blair, one Eyvind Earle, who impressed Walt with his ideas and style.

Aurora seems flat. That is, the princess. Briar Rose does not seem flat, and in fact seems to have moments of personality that we don't often catch. (Note that as the faeries send her out for berries, she gets this sly "What are you up to?" grin. Phillip also shows personality. The reason this isn't noted more?

Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather invest most of our attention, evoking more feelings of motherhood than the actual mother of the princess. In fact, watching the film and noting their musings on having to give her up soon really evokes the image of anyone who expects their young to fly the coop.

(Note: The dress is better in blue.)

Maleficent, on the other hand, evokes an evil that not only transcends the film, but also the entire rest of the Disney Villains. She effortlessly hypnotizes the princess, spawns an entire forest of thorns, and even transforms into a huge dragon! But it's not just that which makes her stand out. 

She knows about the actions to counteract her spell. In fact, she even addresses Phillip with them, all while showing her meaning through visions. 

Yes, she has the prince captive, but she intends to let him go. After many, many years, during which time he will be old, weak, and ready to die.

We don't see all of the vision, but I can only assume that Maleficent goes so far as to show the prince dying on his way to save the princess. 

Now that's evil.

And she's not just doing this out of spite. She wants the prince to know exactly what she intends for him, and does so under the guise of delivering good news.

Which she is. She's just doing it in a way that ensures that it crushes him.

Between these personalities, it's easily explained why Aurora and Phillip seem so flat. The supporting characters are better than they have any right to be.But this works in the films favor, making it memorable.

I would give this the highest score possible, but I feel that this isn't the best constructed movie Disney has ever made. So I actually give this film 8 out of 10 Mickeys. Not perfect, but so close as to be notable in any library.


a note about Riley

If you've been reading along with all of our reviews, you will wonder where Riley's viewpoint is? She is departing to serve a church mission for 18 months so we are proceeding without her. Alex and I will be finishing this project together and continuing on with the review posts.

Star Wars Episode 6 - Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi is the film I grew up thinking of as the last Star Wars movie. Little did I know! It is the last one we needed to watch for our Star Wars review project though and now we are all ready to go see The Force Awakens tomorrow! We don't plan to post a review of that film until it is released on DVD because we don't want to ruin it for others. We hate spoilers! That said, there are spoilers in this review of The Return of the Jedi. It was released 35 years ago, but there may still be some who haven't seen it so consider yourself warned.

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This movie is all about Luke completing his journey. He must face Vader to fully become a Jedi Knight. He has to reconcile his past with his present in order to face his future. Deep, this is. There is a lot of action in this film and some very memorable scenes.

I remember being repulsed by Jabba the Hut as a child and I still find him absolutely disgusting. When we watched that sequence, both my husband and I noted that it was definitely different than we remembered it and Alex informed us it was because George was up to his old CGI remastering tricks, I don't know why he couldn't leave it alone. None of the new stuff was necessary at all!

Again, Han is a big reason this movie works.  This is also Mark Hamil's finest performance as Luke. I like the maturity of the character and I also like that he wasn't perfect, but definitely trying to be the best he could be. I felt like Leia was a little weaker in this film than she was in the previous two, but she's still a good character. 

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Vader unmasked still ranks as one of the most shocking cinematic moments I ever experienced in my life. It was horrifying as a child, but also fascinating. I've always felt like it all wraps up a little too quickly from that point, but I guess that is my longing for a deeper look into the man behind the mask. I suppose that is exactly what led Lucas to make the prequels.

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This is the only Star Wars film that I'm giving a higher ranking to than Alex. He really hated the Ewoks and I have to agree with him that they were cheesy and really beneath the story. I also didn't like all the goofy muppet and CGI stuff thrown in with the Jabba scene. The Luke and Leia connection still seems a little stretched, but I've come to accept it over the years. Overall, the story was a pretty good ending to a great trilogy. I'm giving it 6 out of 10 stars.

 

Here's Alex's review:

May Four Stars be with us - Episode VI: Return of the CGI.

First, we get a really, really complex plan that I will cover in another section, which causes everyone to enter Jabba’s palace and be slated for execution. Also, there’s a fantasy concert for no apparent reason. But points for Luke using the Jedi mind trick here!

Also, Han is blind from the freezing, and missing some pretty interesting sights as a result. Yep. Pretty interesting sights. *COUGH*Leiasgoldbikini*COUGH*

Luke heads to Dagobah, where he gets confirmation that, yes, Vader really is his father. Also, Leia is his sister- Wait, WHAT?

Yes, Luke and Leia are siblings. Which teaches us all an important lesson, namely:

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Following this, the Rebels learn about Death Star 2: The Sequel, and set out to the planet of the Wookies to-What?

What do you mean “not Wookies”? What race are they interacting with?

Really?

Sigh….

The planet of the Ewoks, small primitive creatures.

In fact, they’re so primitive, they regard C-3PO as a god.*rimshot*

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The Ewoks somehow manage to capture our heroes, but after some force antics and stuff, our heroes are in with the Ewoks.

Han: Just what I always wanted! (He says sarcastically.)

Vader finds Luke and brings him to the Emperor, in an unwitting act of mercy. Luke meets the Emperor, and is tempted to give in to the dark side by the revelation that he’s led the rebels here, or in other words:

 

Han, Leia, and the Ewoks (Saturday mornings on ABC) shut down the shield generator through sheer dumb luck, Luke overcomes the darkness in him, and Vader saves his son from the Emperor’s zappy powers, then dies. They leave just as Lando blows up the death star, and a dance party ensues.

SPECIAL EDITION ADDITION: Then, we see a bunch of planets in a montage, including what I swear is Jar-Jar saying “Wesa Free!”

Luke sees the ghosts of Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Hayden Christensen. And everyone lives happily ever after, alongside the stupid side characters.

Isn’t this where…

 

The Force is Strong with:

Han Solo is still on his game.

The sequence with Yoda is amazing in how touching it is.

The Space battle around the Death Star II

The Final Lightsaber Duel with Vader and Luke.

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The Dark Side Lurks within:

Luke’s plan: Send my droids to Jabba, then have Leia impersonate a bounty hunter and turn in Chewbacca. Then have Leia rescue Han, and get caught by Jabba, who will then take her as a slave. Swoop in, threaten Jabba, fight a beast, get sent to the sail barge, have R2-D2 toss me my lightsaber, use Lando’s impersonation of a palace Guard, take out Boba Fett, have Leia strangle Jabba with her chain and R2 cut her free, and blow up the ship after swinging away on a convenient rope. This is the most confusing get-yourself-captured plan, and has spawned too many imitators.

Jabba’s Rock band, The CGI Renders.

The Ewoks. Today’s the day the teddy bears ruin Star Wars!

The Speeder bikes are painfully obvious Chroma Key. (A portal to faraway lands. Or as Garth puts it, “Hi, I’m in Delaware!”)

No tribe of primitives should be able to penetrate ARMOR! What low-grade material is the Empire using?

Vader says his big Nooooooo during throwing the Emperor off the power station.

Finally, Luke just reconnected with his father. Why is his dad Hayden Christensen all of a sudden?

 

The Jedi Says:

There is good in all that we can find. We just need to be open to it. Though such light may seem basic and trite, it can be a good reprieve from the horrors of war.

Maybe no one earned medals today, but we’ve done well, and the Empire is gone, and no one will ever, ever, rise up to replace them. Right?

Well, better start learning how to pass the Jedi way along. This’ll be a fun few decades.

-Luke Skywalker.

DIGESTED OVER 1000 YEARS (5 out of 10.)

 

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Star Wars Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back

We are making good progress with our Star Wars review project and we are excited that we will be able to finish all the movies before this weekend's new release!

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Katie's Review:

This is the meat of the Star Wars trilogy (the original one). We find out the reason for Darth Vader's obsession and we get to be a part of Luke's Jedi training and journey. For me, Han steals the show! He's such a scoundrel and I get a kick out of his whole demeanor in this film. Also, I never noticed how hilarious Chewie is in this episode. Every time they struggle with something on the ship, he basically has a meltdown. We love Chewie around here because he reminds us of our old Golden Retriever who passed away a few years ago. Seriously, they speak the same language!

I really like just about everything about this film. There are a few rough spots on some of the special effects, but back in the time of the original release those effects were magical. I'm grateful that George Lucas didn't alter those scenes. The only part I really didn't like was the snow monster in the cave. That was just a little too lame and a bit gross. I know it's part of the story, but I suppose it's enough of a bother to me that I couldn't give the film a full 10 stars on our scale. It's close to perfection though so it gets a 9.5 out of 10 from me.

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Alex's Review:

May Four Stars Be with Us - Episode 5: The Empire Strikes a Match.

Again, there are people who experience new things each day, and don’t spoil it for them. I’ll put a notice before the big thing.

The movie goes all in on the first part, taking us to the snowy biome of Hoth, and making one of the best battle sequences of all time. Why is the Battle of Hoth so good? Simple. The whole thing is designed by actual Norwegian Army veterans, who know how battles go. Unlike some artificial battle, this is planned in execution on both sides.

We see the first sparks of the Han/Leia relationship, and a really impressive sequence in an asteroid belt, that sets the bar on how character development goes. 

Meanwhile, Luke, encouraged by a vision, trains with Jedi Master Yoda after dealing with a somewhat annoying little gremlin, who audiences probably didn’t like. Surprise, that’s Yoda himself! Luke trains with Yoda, learning the ways of the force, but soon sees a vision of the future: his friends in pain. Against the wishes of Yoda and Obi-Wan’s Ghost, Luke leaves for Cloud City, to save his friends.

Speaking of which, they’ve run across Lando Calrissian, an old friend of Han’s, who’s hospitality is marred by the inconvenience of Imperial troops and Darth Vader having shown up to take Han, Leia, and Chewbacca hostage.

The real reason for this all, including the freezing of Han Solo in carbonite, is to lure Luke into a trap planned by Vader. An epic Lightsaber Duel between them, with Vader encouraging Luke to tap into his anger and fear, and become like Vader.

OK, if you want to avoid spoilers, skip to the words Luke escapes by the skin of his teeth, using Control+F. You’re being warned well in advance. Don’t see this if you want to experience the movie as normal. I AM SHOUTING TO INFORM YOU HOW SERIOUS THIS IS.

THE CRUCIAL TWIST IS HAPPENING IN SEVEN,

SIX,
FIVE,

FOUR,

THREE,
TWO,
ONE!

Then, Darth Vader cuts off Luke’s hand, and mentions that Obi-Wan never told him the truth about his father. Vader would know.

 

Not because Vader killed his father.

 

Because Vader is his father!

 

(In 1980, a young man hears all of this, and carries the trauma with him to the present day. We’ll see how he holds up in episode VII. Won’t we, Dad?)

THE SPOILER IS ENDING IN

SEVEN
SIX
FIVE
FOUR
THREE
TWO
ONE
ZERO!

Luke manages to escape by the skin of his teeth, as do Leia, Chewie, and Lando, who is now a good guy. Luke needs to repair a few wounds, and the film ends on Lando trying to find the now frozen Han Solo.

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The Force is strong with:

It’s perfect. The spiral of the prior film is intensified, and fractals of possibility emerge from the plotline, resulting in more and more spectacle, and the general improvements reinforce the whole thing.

Here’s just a few:

·         Han Solo is still on his game, and better than ever.

·         The Entire Battle of Hoth.

·         Luke’s Jedi Training.

·         The incredible things Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon do, from escaping a space worm to hiding on a Star Destroyer to surviving an Asteroid Field!

·         The Vader vs. Luke Duel.

·         The Big plot twist.

·         Finally, the fact that Lucas and his team filmed all of this, and none of it reached civilization, complete with the code name “Blue Harvest” on production crew, and only 5 people knowing about the big reveal before it hit theaters. Well done, guys!


The Dark Side lurks within:

I have next to nothing here.

No, really! My only complaint is the general issue of how absolute the Jedi are, and that is just something that’s rubbed me the wrong way since the prequels.

That’s it, dude! Nothing else to see!

The Jedi says:

To achieve a greater success, greatness is. Many strive for such to occur. Few have the focus. But this film does not try. It does, and well it does. The Force is strong here.

I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! (10 out of 10)

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Star Wars Episode 4 - A New Hope

This is what we've been waiting for in our Star Wars review project, the original trilogy! Alex has a few words for us about spoilers:

Are they really spoilers if everything on the planet has referenced them? Yes. Ten Thousand people each day experience something for the first time when told about it. So don’t ruin it for them, just pay it forward. By the way, Spoilers.

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Katie's review:

I've made no secret of the fact that the original trilogy is what Star Wars is all about for me. I was eight years old when this film was released in theaters so I grew up with Star Wars. My cousin and I would always play Star Wars when we got together. There was a playground right by my grandparent's house and we would hang out on a large wooden climbing apparatus (these were the seventies and early eighties) and he would always be Han Solo and I was always Princess Leia. Of course, we skipped any of the romantic stuff and just focused on the adventures. I didn't realize it at the time, but Leia was a different kind of princess than the usual stereotype. She was a strong and somewhat feisty heroine with a mind of her own. Cool that I had her as a role model!

I've seen this film a few times in my life, but it has been at least a decade since I sat down and watched it all the way through. It was fun to watch and it felt like reliving a bit of my childhood. Man, I've always loved Harrison Ford as Han Solo and as a grown woman, I appreciate him even more in this role. LOL! He really makes the movie with his attitude. This story is definitely a hero's journey and Luke is at the center. He's just a little too whiny at first though but thankfully, that improves as the film progresses. 

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One thing my husband pointed out to me as we watched this film is the beat up and unpolished look of the droids - especially C3PO and R2D2. He said he always love the authenticity of that touch and felt like it made it all so much more real to him. When you see them all shiny and polished at the end as a reward for their heroic efforts, it does make a great statement.

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This film created a new universe and something that has lasted and even grown with time. It's an unusual world, but very creative and entertaining. I enjoyed this movie so much this time around and I have to admit that the prequels do fit in well with the original story line overall. Still, I'm not sure I needed them.

One of the most powerful parts of this movie is the soundtrack. The music is actually quite moving and beautiful in many parts and the dark and light sides of the force are so well represented by the instrumentals. The American Film Institute's list of best film scores ranks the Star Wars soundtrack at number one. I totally agree! (wikipedia)

I give this film 9 out of 10 for my ranking. It's not perfect, but it's pretty dang close! And I totally agree with Alex on the changes Lucas made, but I'll let him tell you about that...

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Here's Alex's review:

May Four Stars Be with Us
Episode IV: A True Hope.

This is the Star Wars Film. If you wanted to know what this series was all about, look no further. That said, I only have a few problems.

Huge praise to Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan, who managed to make the most memorable mentor character in Sci-Fi. The duel between him and Vader, is OK. I guess. That’s not what we’re focusing on all movie, but it still seems a little wooden.

Also, the movie can’t make its mind up about who is the main bad guy. This isn’t a bad problem to have, I just thought it merited notice.

Finally, there are a few plot issues, which can be attributed to the early drafts of the script, and the need for a climax. That’s about it.

This film doesn’t need more stuff to review. Correction: It didn’t need more to review, then George changed the movie. Who does that? Any rate, there’s an extra section below now. 

Review of the Special Edition.
The new sequences are CGI-laden, and meant to take the film to a plot pacing more akin to modern story telling. This adds on a scene with Jabba, now in CG for your convenience, as well as several other creatures that shouldn’t be on screen. 

Most notable, however, is the Han and Greedo fight. This reviewer’s edit had them shooting at the same time. That’s not how it should be. Harrison Ford even says he shot first. End of story, na-na-na-na, hey-hey, goodbye.

(Though I laughed on hearing a Stormtrooper hit his head on the door. Classic blooper.)
The Force is strong with:
It’s perfect. The actors hit every mark in just the right way to breathe new life into characters. Harrison Ford as Han Solo stands out, as does the aforementioned Alec Guinness. To say more is to waste words. 

Here are a few of my favorites:
•    Upon hearing Han blowing smoke through his lips about the Kessel Run, and claiming a parasec is a unit of time, Obi-wan makes this face that spells out the lie Han’s trying to pull over his eyes.
•    Han’s general Sarcasm. (“What an interesting smell you’ve discovered!” in particular.)
•    Leia is the strongest female role model I have encountered. Let my Daughters be Leia, rather than Padme. Let them never be shallow clichés. 
•    The entire Attack on the Death Star sequence.
•    Vader. This is the person who stands out among the whole story as the main villain, at least as we know it.
The Dark Side lurks within:
Too many CGI Character add-ons AKA George’s attempt to shill product to a young audience.
GREEDO WAS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO DRAWING HIS BLASTER.

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Thanks. This really grinds my gears.
So the characters know they’re being tracked, and they go to the rebel base anyway. That is somewhat stupid on their end. Especially if they still go after Leia has pointed it out. Can they not lose them in a different area or something?

Jabba’s conversation with Han is not needed. Just let it be implied. That’s why you made two other movies, right?

The Jedi Says:
“This was everything we hoped it to be. With luck, its legacy will continue on for generations. May the force always be with us.” –Obi-Wan 

OUR MOMENT OF TRIUMPH (9/10)

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