Solo: A Star Wars Story Review

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is excellent for three reasons:

First, it explores an era in Star Wars history that we haven’t seen much of before: about halfway between Episodes III and IV, which lends some context to references of “the dark times” made in the original trilogy;

Second, it knows exactly when to lean on the knowledge we have from other films in the saga and when it needs to stand on its own. The dramatic irony is strong with this one;

Third, it manages to be a somewhat non-traditional love letter to hardcore fans of the franchise, like me, without entirely alienating more casual viewers. Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story Review

Review: Blade Runner 2049

Despite the fact that the first Blade Runner film was released 35 years ago, Blade Runner 2049 successfully follows the original in both quality and tone. In a world filled with crappy sequels and reboots that try to capitalize on a successful movie’s popularity, Blade Runner 2049 is refreshing. Not only is it a fantastic follow up to the 1982 Ridley Scott original, but it also maintains its own plot and introduces new well-developed characters. Continue reading Review: Blade Runner 2049