Rate the Last Film You Watched

WMD

Thousand Master
I've enjoyed all 3 of the trilogy. As a big fan of Clone Wars and the later seasons of Rebels I really got into the myth expansion of the force. Rebels in particular did some really wierd, interesting stuff with the emperor and the force so I really appreciated what Rise of Skywalker was doing on that front. It was also a fun and energetic movie.

For me the one properly missed opportunity was that the movie decided to not involve Rose. A character I really liked in Last Jedi.
With the introduction of other First Order deserters there was a real opportunity to explore Finn by placing him in a love triangle. Torn between the one he has a shared present with a d the one he has a shared past with. If hed then ended up with Rose it would've affirmed its who we become that's important not our past. Which wouldve tied in really nicely with both Last Jedi and Rei being a Palpatine.
 

ayase

State Alchemist
Eh, I've never thought of Empire Strikes Back or Star Wars (I presume you're referring to one of them) to be impressive filmmaking feats. Don't get me wrong, I think they're great films, but there's no single aspect of them that wasn't done as well or better elsewhere.
I think that's true of all SW films, TLJ included. Now, I love Star Wars and I enjoyed TLJ a lot, but I wouldn't necessarily say it was all that revolutionary - Unless even some measure of originality is now revolutionary (which may actually be the case, not just in Star Wars but in terms of entertainment media in general - A sad state of affairs for sure, but this is what we get when huge corporations like Disney are in charge of such a large percentage of it. Risk isn't palatable to shareholders, so playing it safe and giving people what they want seems to be the way).

Star Wars has never been perfect, none of the films have been masterpieces. I enjoy the expansive world and its characters first and foremost (as I do with say, Gundam and its similarly variable quality output) and if they feel engaging to me, I'm willing to overlook some of the production flaws - I'm looking for fantasy escapism and entertainment rather than high art. But as with any film, I have my preferences when it comes to direction and script. Lucas is a terrible dialogue writer, no arguments there, but I don't think he's a bad director and personally I'm of the opinion he's a good ideas man - It's his universe after all. When I consider the prequels, I think if someone else with a better idea of how humans actually communicate (sorry George, but I'm not convinced you've ever actually had a normal conversation) had been writing the characters' lines they would have seemed a whole lot better.

Abrams on the other hand, I'm increasingly coming to the conclusion is just a bad director, or at least not one whose style appeals to me. It's too frantic, it doesn't spend enough time on anything and while the dialogue in his Star Wars films hasn't been Lucas level, that's probably because the characters barely have anything but the shallowest plot advancing or cliche things to say. Johnson actually made the new characters interesting in TLJ. Abrams ignored all that in TRoS. In TRoS we learn (through a new character who has no time to be developed themselves) that Poe used to be a smuggler... and? TLJ developed him as a hotheaded wannabe leader who didn't actually have the wisdom to lead. He learned. He grew. That had plot relevance. In TLJ Finn learned he doesn't just have to see himself as a tool but has value as an individual. That made him grow as a character. In TRoS he learns (through a new character who has no time to be developed themselves) there are other Stormtroopers who deserted like him... and? Backstory that has no effect on the plot or how the character behaves is pointless and is not a substitute for development. As @WMD mentioned, Rose was totally wasted. Let's establish a new character, give her depth and motivation and then just relegate her to a side character. Great. Even Finn and Poe didn't recieve particularly satisfying endings - It was Rey and Kylo's film, and if it had just been their film centred on them it probably would have been better. All the moments in the film I genuinely enjoyed were theirs.

I think if we've learned anything, and if there's something I hope Lucasfilm will learn, it's that giving the middle film of a trilogy to a different director than the first and last films is a stupid thing to do. I think it's fairly obvious Abrams simply decided to press on with his own ideas and largely ignore Johnson's, which has resulted in a film with way too many poorly developed ideas and characters crammed into far too short a runtime. If Abrams had done all three, perhaps TRoS would have been better. But then TLJ probably wouldn't have been as good.
 

Mr L

Great Teacher
In summary, its fine but I'm not a fan. 5/10

First, what I liked:
  • A good looking well-made movie with great action scenes.
  • Great chemistry and banter between the three main protagonists.
  • Some of C3-PO's funniest moments in years.
  • Leia's integration was... decent.
  • All the acting is great, Adam Driver in particular is still mesmerising.
  • Chewie gets a medal!

Mixed on:
  • Kylo's redemption... still need to process this,maybe when the film is out on Blu-Ray and watch all theret to make up my mind.

and what I didn't like/hated:


  • Rey’s backstory retcon. Go back and watch that reveal in TLJ. Kylo didn’t tell her she was nobody, she came to the realisation herself. Now he’s claiming he lied to her about a thing he didn’t even tell her?! It’s a completely jarring change, adds no weight to proceedings and continues the franchise’s obsession with bloodlines, which baffles me.
  • And not in a billion years did I ever imagine Palpatine wanting to reproduce’
  • The constant plot conviniences. Star Wars can get away with this to an extent with the ‘will of the forcel get-out but this was too much.
  • Palpatine is now the central bad guy again and they didn’t justify it to me and just came off as contrived, especially witg him physically being there as some weird zombie. Felt like something out of a video game.
  • Palpatine’s forces? Where did they come from? Why did he wait around this whole time?
  • Planet destroying Star Destroyers? Real head spinning excalation!
  • Though pretty, the final battle was prequel levels of overblown.
  • Lando must have some sort of magical powers too because he gets those reinforcements bafflingly quick.
  • A lot of ‘since when?’ moments. Luke was searching for all these plot McGuffins? Everyone seems to know a heck of a lot about the Sith? Luke and Leia knew who Rey was all along?!
  • jJ didn’t seem to understand the I portance if Lnuke’s actions in the last movie at all.
  • Finn completely loses interest in Rose despite all they went tbrough in TLJ, but now his Rey crush is back?

I don.t like using this expression but...fanfiction, it really did.

Though, one really crass thought that came into my head towards the end:

When Kylo is over her dead body, for one second my mind said:

'Is he gonna **** her back to life?'

i know! Terrible! But maybe there's a part of me that saw Kylo as tbe kind of person who might do that!

If you want to burn me for that, I understand!
 

ayase

State Alchemist
Palpatine’s forces? Where did they come from? Why did he wait around this whole time?
Just like they didn't actually call the obvious Sith holocrons holocrons, I get the feeling this was the Star Forge in all but name (another EU idea) or at least that's what I'm going to presume until I'm told otherwise. That would actually make some degree of sense. More sense than Sheev managing to set up the galaxy's most efficient Star Destroyer production line and operate it non-stop in secret for 30 years anyway.
Lando must have some sort of magical powers too because he gets those reinforcements bafflingly quick.
My friend and I joked that the people of the galaxy didn't actually mind the Empire, they just really hated Palpatine, accounting for the total lack of support for the Resistance in TLJ turning into the overwhelming support in TRoS. I can't really think of any other way to explain that one.

I guess there's no way of knowing whether the TLJ stuff that was ignored was a result of it going against Abrams' own ideas or because of the backlash that film received from very vocal internet critics. I'm not really sure which possibility is worse. Neither pandering to the loud and whiny or director ego are particularly positive options.
 

thedoctor2016

Symphogear
It’s weird as iirc Coruscant for example was blown up in TFA, so that’s the capital in the prequels so the population might be quite down just by that.
And I think that’s the thing from Last Jedi that was binned I hate the most is Kylo becoming Vader again when his whole arc in TLJ is he is not his grandfather and he commits some mass murder and the fight with Luke to me at least made him irremediable yet J.J. didn’t want that so it’s time for ROTJ again and with weird new force powers. For me it makes me look forward to Johnson’s trilogy that will be far removed from these 9 films. As he was constrained by the mystery boxes in TFA which I think is why he basically bins them. So if he could write and direct a full trilogy they could be very different and interesting.
 

Mr L

Great Teacher
My friend and I joked that the people of the galaxy didn't actually mind the Empire, they just really hated Palpatine, accounting for the total lack of support for the Resistance in TLJ turning into the overwhelming support in TRoS. I can't really think of any other way to explain that one.

I guess there's no way of knowing whether the TLJ stuff that was ignored was a result of it going against Abrams' own ideas or because of the backlash that film received from very vocal internet critics. I'm not really sure which possibility is worse. Neither pandering to the loud and whiny or director ego are particularly positive options.
TLJ already had a reason fully set up as to what would encourage allies to come, that being Luke's actions in the battle on Crait.

I would prefer this being a case of Abrans being stubborn as otherwise it means Lucasfilm is now a very reactionary company which is not a great way to run a film studio.
 

Adam-M

Stand User
TLJ already had a reason fully set up as to what would encourage allies to come, that being Luke's actions in the battle on Crait.
It established in TFA that most people either hadn't heard of him or thought he was a fairy tale.
I would prefer this being a case of Abrans being stubborn as otherwise it means Lucasfilm is now a very reactionary company
It stopped being Lucasfilm a while ago now which for the most part is the problem.
 

Yami

Straw Hat Pirate
Bringing Palpatine back was misguided for a number of reasons, mainly that it turns the 'Skywalker Saga' into the Palpatine Saga. For all it reneges on TLJ's democratisation of the force and shifts the focus back to bloodlines, it nullifies the importance of Anakin Skywalker's character arc. He no longer brings balance to the force and his act of sacrifice to save his son turns out to mean little in the longer term. It's a bigger act of betrayal to the narrative of the series than anything in TLJ that the so-called fans kicked up a fuss about .

Regarding the allies coming to the Resistance's aid, ever since Kenobi's "If you strike me down..." line in the original Star Wars, there has been the idea in the series that a Jedi can be more powerful / more useful to the protagonist dead than alive.

Luke says to Rey in The Last Jedi that he cannot be what she needs him to be i.e. a legendary warrior who can somehow take down the entire First Order if he only bothered to try. It may have been the legend of Luke Skywalker itself that handicapped the resistance from gaining allies - like Rey, thinking that he could handle it alone. By sacrificing his mortal self, Luke became a martyr for the Force and the resistance and his martyrdom is what coralled the masses - as hinted by the ending scene in TLJ with the kids on Canto Bight.
 

Mr L

Great Teacher
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Luke says to Rey in The Last Jedi that he cannot be what she needs him to be i.e. a legendary warrior who can somehow take down the entire First Order if he only bothered to try. It may have been the legend of Luke Skywalker itself that handicapped the resistance from gaining allies - like Rey, thinking that he could handle it alone. By sacrificing his mortal self, Luke became a martyr for the Force and the resistance and his martyrdom is what coralled the masses - as hinted by the ending scene in TLJ with the kids on Canto Bight.
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JJ either didn't understand this at all or refused to acknowledge it like so much of the rest of TLJ. Certain things in TROS already give the impression that he completely misremembers the previous movie, something I expect from random people on the internet discussing it, not the director of its sequel!
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
The Irishman

Martin Scorsese's decades-spanning tale of Frank Sheeran, a WW2 veteran in Philidelphia, whose fatalistic world-view sees him go from being a blue-collar truck driver to 'painting houses' for the Italian mob, is a very low-key film compared to his other gangster sagas, but it's still powered by exceptional performances from the main leads. Much has been made of Al Pacino's typically bombastic turn as Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa and Joe Pesci as the genteel-yet-ruthless crime boss, but it's absolutely De Niro's film. With Based Bobby having made some extremely questionable role choices in recent years, it's almost a shock to see him right back at the top of his game, both witty in his confessional narration throughout the eras, and genuinely affecting through the wordless gaps inbetween.

There's also a strong sense of self-reflection on Scorsese's part. While the film is often playful, this feels like a much truer depiction of life as a small-time gangster than anything he's done before. Even if Sheeran's criminal activities allow him to live comfortably, the Scorsese takes great pains to avoid painting this (no pun intended) as in any way glamorous. Sheeran's life is dominated by long, banal stretches of having to watch over the people above him, without ever being put on their level. It's hardly a coincidence that the film is built around a long car journey he and Pesci make between states, punctuated by rest stops and constant cigarette breaks, purely because Pesci doesn't want their wives to smoke in his car.

Much has already been made of the fancy special effects work used to de-age the lead actors, but probably the best thing you could say about it is that it's not intrusive. Technology has advanced fantastically since the plastic-wrapped Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy, but while it takes a good 30-odd years off De Niro (on whom it's used most), even at his most CGI-enhanced, he never really looks like the 20-something version of himself he's supposed to be, perhaps because images of him at that age are still so much part of our collective media consciousness.

Ultimately though, while I completely understand why the film has been met with such near-universal critical acclaim, I would have to admit that I do miss the kind of electricity and dynamism that so marks out Scorsese's earlier movies. This is a mannered, subtle film that excels at what it does, but if you ask me what I'd rather rewatch right now, I'm afraid I'd still take Goodfellas.
 

Mr L

Great Teacher
Little Women

My News Years trip out with my mother brings me here. No I have not read the book though have studied feminist literature at various points of education.

This is likely going to be Emma Watson’s first big step to being seen as a potentially high-calibre actress and it’s certainly a great start at that! Her and all of the actresses have to play siblings at multiple points in their young lives and all alter and evolve their performances appropriately to their charater’s journey. This ensemble chemistry is probably some of the best of the year. Saoirse Ronan is the star of the show with by far the most damandint role but she takes to it in her stride.

I have done some research and do know a new scene was added for the film adaptation’s climax and its honestly pretty brilliant especially wheb you look into the struggles Louisa May Alcott hadgetting the book published in the form she wanted. The additional scene is somewhat of a metatextual tribute to the author.

My only complaints are that the structure of the film may be hard to follow with the way it leaps backward and forward in the timeline, particularly if you’re unfamiliar with the text. Also, the lighting, they go for realistic late 1800s authenticity which in many scenes can result in the actor’s faces looming too shrouded. Even others without my terrible eyesight had this issue.

In summation. I can certainly recommend Little Women to literary fans, film fans and anyone looming for movie to watcg with someone who doesn’t much care for spaceships and theatrics. Its probably a great ‘date’ movie too.

8/10

Also, I was left wondering: does wearing tbose huge, heavy looking, old-fashioned dresses facilitate weight loss and build body strength? They look it!
 

WMD

Thousand Master
Konosuba

Really fun film this. Follows on well from the series. The first half of the film is really like watching the series. Lots of silly sketches without much consequence. The second half, and particularly the final third really ramp up and the movie budget really shines.

If you liked the series you'll enjoy this as its more of the same. A lot of silly fun and the cinema was all laughing at the jokes.

8/10 the extra half point over the series is for the movie budget really allowing the animation and facial expressions to shine.
 

MrLaserSharkKH

Stand User
Seen a few things since the turn of the year!

The Gentlemen
Guy Ritchie back doing Guy Ritchie things pretty much sums it up really, if you have seen one of his films you will know what to expect as all his trademarks and stuff are present and correct here. It feels like stepping into the past with this thing but that ain’t a bad thing as it’s pretty entertaining really. Nothing much more to say on this one really other than recommending this will depend on your opinion of Guy Ritchie films which if you didn’t like before, this won’t be changing your mind even in the slightest. Better outing in my opinion though than the last two movies directed by the Guy!

In the Line of Duty
This film came out earlier in the month but had a very limited run in cinemas so ended up renting it off of Prime Video. It’s very much like one of those cop action/thriller movies from the 80s/90s you would get that would be straight to video except with the added social media elements, It does have good action set pieces throughout in spite of it having some laughably bad lines at times and tonal issues. Not the biggest fan of the shaky camera style that the film uses to follow the action though. If this kind of thing is right up your alley then you’ll get a kick out of it and it may probably be just worth a rental, but you may probably be better waiting for it to appear on a Netflix or a Prime Video (out on DVD next month too but I’d probably avoid that route). Did hear though this film was originally going to be titled LIVE! which is by far a more awesome title than what we actually got!

1917
It’s been probably on the top of my list of films I’ve been wanting to see since I first came across it and it absolutely delivers, it is a real thrilling experience and also a very immersive film too. There were moments where I was literally holding my breathe and staring it the screen because of the tension created and then I would feel a moment of relief when it briefly stops and then the next thing would come along that would have me holding breathe, it’s been a long time since I’ve felt this way. Great performances and fantastic soundtrack/sound editing too. It’s a technically outstanding film that needs to be seen on the big screen in order to get the best experience from it!
 

zrdb

Brigade Leader
Star Wars-The Rise Of Skywalker-in spite of what all the reviews I've read about it I really liked it a lot. I thought it was a really good (if somewhat rushed) conclusion to the Star Wars saga.

Konosuba movie-twas' a really funny sequel to the tv series although it did get somewhat serious in tone during the last 1/3 of the movie.
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
El Topo (1970)

Alejandro Jodorowsky directs and stars in this 'acid western', a surrealist adventure following the titular wanderer and his son, as Topo takes on a murderous gang, before being goaded by a woman he rescues into duelling four legendary gunfighters, each of whom represents a different school of philosophy. This is a striking work of singular vision, but its reliance on nihilistic spaghetti western tropes (casual cruelty, sexual violence, graphic gore, mysogyny... you name it) makes it frequently repellent and it can be a bit much for the uninitiated - there were walkouts at the screening I was in.

On the whole, it was a worthwhile experience, but it's not something I'd be in a hurry to revisit.
 

WMD

Thousand Master
Rewatched Your Name
Still a masterpiece. I'm crying my eyes out. It's so good its offensive. Animation, characterisation, music,story, everything is perfect.
 

MrLaserSharkKH

Stand User
Watched another couple of films on Thursday & Friday.

Seberg
In all honesty a pretty flat film, there is an interesting story in here that in other hands could be a deep-interesting film that depicts the plight of Jean Seberg but I don’t the film really does the subject matter justice. Kristen Stewart is probably the saving grace of the film, she continues to do some really interesting stuff. Don’t think it will leave much of an impression on me and I think going by box office numbers it won’t have left much of an impression on others either.

Just Mercy
This movie really does a lot to show the impact of what capital punishment can have on an individual and those around them within the community, the legal system and society as a whole. Great performances from the cast which in any other year would be shoe-in for awards contention. It very much is a small, understated movie but at the same time feels very cinematic probably due to this movie being vital viewing due to the subject matter on hand.
 
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