(Spoiler Free) Tastefully dressed in Star Wars attire, six of us went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi last night. The group had four adults (three old enough to remember the original trilogy in theaters, and one who grew up on the prequels), we also had 10-year-old, plus a 6-year-old in tow.
(Spoiler Free) After a bit of research and deliberation, we decided to let the kids go with us to see Rogue One on our first viewing, unlike The Force Awakens where the adults went to see it first.
I will try my darndest to talk about the movie without giving anything away, but please do read at your own risk.
Darth Vader is the greatest, and most influential villain in any movie ever made. I am usually not one for hyperbole, but really, I don’t think there is much to argue with here. Even if you don’t like Star Wars, or you don’t particularly LIKE Vader, you have to respect the character for what he is: Our Greatest Hopes and Greatest Fears all wrapped into one.
As Game Master for our May the Fourth be with You Parties, I set up and come up with games for us to play. Here are two games from last year’s festivities that are perfect for any Star Wars Party: “Star Wars Limbo” is a variation of the standard limbo game for kids and adults, and the “Star Wars Limb-OH!” is my own invention, and meant for pretty serious fans only.
Liam Neeson was a rather unexpected action hero. With the exception of a few movies (most notable Darkman in 1990), when he starred in The Phantom Menace, he was really only know for serious dramas like Schindler’s List, Rob Roy and Michael Collins. That he would do a Star Wars movie surprised many, including me. I thought he was too serious and maybe even “high brow” for a movie as “fun” as Star Wars. Turns out the casting was an inspired move.
Rebels is a REALLY good TV show (the season 2 finale was fantastic!), but I have to admit I still miss Clone Wars (BOTH series). Perhaps this is because the 2 Clone Wars were darker than Rebels has been up to this point… (which is probably why I thought the scary season finale of Rebels was so awesome). The best 3 characters to come out of Clone Wars are Ahsoka, Asajj Ventress and of course CT-7567 (Rex) – and our whole family is thrilled that 2 of those characters are back in Rebels.