[Movie Review] Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens

When I started watching Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens my first impression was “Well, this is lame”. The second one was it was “getting interesting and it may lead to somewhere”. However, it ended with me thinking it was “rather a disappointment”.

Star Wars - Episode VII: The Force Awakens promo poster (Source: StarWars.com)

Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens promo poster (Source: StarWars.com)

It not a bad movie though. The actors did an amazing job, J. J. Abrams as well – It has an impeccable visual and John Williams, as expected, created an awesome score. Yet, the story (which is what attracts more to its whole saga) itself has way too many plot holes. Although I don’t think there’s still anyone in this galaxy who hasn’t watched it already (probably more than once), I won’t risk spoil things up but… Seriously, how the hell a Stormtrooper, who was supposed to be raised since birth to be a flawless soldier out of sudden decides to rebel against his superiors?

And no, I don’t think I’m being partial or anything. It’s not like I’m one of those old Star Wars radical fans who only like whatever George Lucas does. I really enjoined the KOTOR (Knights of the Old Republic) and SWTOR (Star Wars – The Old Republic) game stories. In my humble opinion, those were pretty good stories, unlike The Force Awakens.

Be that as it may, and maybe because of the huge hype that is going on towards the movie, I think I’m probably one of the few people in this planet who thinks this way.

I still have hopes though that the next movies will explain the things that doesn’t make any sense and captivate me again. But, so far, this new Star Wars movie seems as blindly devoted to the original trilogy as Kylo Ren to Darth Vader. And everybody knows that blind devotion is a path to the Dark Side, right?

Me post Star Wars - Episode VII: The Force Awakens. I even got one of those BB8 glasses.

Me post Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens movie. I even got one of those BB8 3-D glasses.

 

Movie review: Jurassic World

WARNING: I don’t think there are any spoilers ahead, but who knows!

I watched Jurassic World last friday (in celebration of brazilian “Valentine’s”) with Felipe and wasn’t impressed. I wasn’t disappointed either.

Jurassic World logo (All rights to Universal Studios and associates)

Jurassic World logo (All rights to Universal Studios and associates)

Even though I’ve seen some really awkward reviews of the movie with topics as weird as sexism complainants, in my humble opinion, the movie isn’t that sexist at all. But it doesn’t uphold a gender equality flag either. It is simply… a nice and fun movie to watch.

If you were a Jurassic Park fan in the 90’s (well, who wasn’t?) you’ll be deeply touched by the theme songs as soon as they start playing. The same goes for the raptors screeches, and the whole park running as everyone (who was a child/teenager at the mid 90’s) always imagined! It certainly gives a really nostalgic feeling, but it ends there.

The amazing visual effects presented by Industrial Light & Magic in 1993 aren’t that impressive anymore, the plot is mild, the characters aren’t as nearly well-developed as they were on the original movie. It’s basically a movie for pure nostalgia (and it serves this purpose very well, I must add).

Scene from the movie/trailer: The

Scene from the movie/trailer: The “Raptors Whisperer” 😉

Nevertheless, if there’s something really worthy about this new movie is the hidden disparagement of theme parks with living animals. They aren’t just “assets”, they are living creatures that MUST be respected, better yet: not used for entertainment. But left at peace to live their lives as naturally as they can.

For some reason, this big guy here reminded of a

For some reason, this big guy here reminded of a “certain Orca” at a “certain theme park” who’s been living a not so cool life…

I do recommend Jurassic World for watching. But don’t expect much, just go to the theaters with an open heart and be overwhelmed by your childhood feelings and memories.

What about you guys? Have you watched it yet? What’s your opinion?

And this was our not-so-little

And that was our not-so-little “jurassic” popcorn bucket from the movie 😉