You read the title of this article, so you know what this will be about. Before I get to that, let me get some things out of the way. Rogue One is a beautifully-shot film, using light and scene composition not seen before in Star Wars. George Lucas and the other 2 directors that did the first 6 films focused on telling a story, and, for the most part, did so with little care for ostentatious visual flare, and while Abrams was content to play in the box his predecessors created, Gareth Edwards instead brings a masterfully-crafted visual aesthetic to the film franchise never before seen. If you enjoyed the visually stunning 2014 Godzilla, you’ll likely enjoy the cinematography here too since Edwards re-uses many of his shooting techniques here as well.
The title is in quotations obviously because I do not believe it. For the past few weeks this is a notion I’ve seen across various sites: the notion that Anakin’s character in the prequels should have been what Kylo Ren was in The Force Awakens. To say that this troubled me would be grossly understating my feelings on the matter. It shows a distinct lack of understanding the character everyone claims is so bland. Hopefully this can be my last Star Wars post until at least Rogue One. Without further ado…
The title is a lie. There’s many things wrong with the prequels, but solely from a directorial perspective. Otherwise, they’re remarkable film undertakings and speak to the passion George Lucas had for this franchise. Try looking up the novelizations of the movies, which are comprised only of Lucas’ plot, and see how highly-rated they are. Indeed, many on the internet seem to not get that a film can be directed poorly, but still tell a brilliant and nuanced story, and that’s what this post exists for: the brilliance of the Prequels. Because I shall be talking about the films’ own merits, I will ignore Expanded Universe information. Let us start.
Let me preface this by saying this was a good movie, and if you’ve yet to see it, you should go out and see it. If you like Star Wars, you’ll most likely like this movie. At the time of this writing, I can say I liked this movie… but I don’t love this movie, and that’s the problem I’m going to talk about for this review. Now unlike Rob, I’m not judging this purely as a movie, I’m judging it from the perspective of a diehard Star Wars EU nerd. Let us begin.
This review contains lots and lots and lots of spoilers for The Force Awakens. Read at your own risk!
After more than 10 years, Star Wars has returned to theaters.
Since everyone on the internet is talking about Star Wars now, and I am obsessed with being cool, I’ll join in on the fun. As of the writing of this article, I’m 1 hour away from when I first saw Episode 7, and things said and done in that movie have made my brain gears turn. This is in many ways a continuation of my first Star Wars article (well technically second), but in many more ways it’s its own topic. Yes, today I will not talk about game design and will instead geek out about what I believe is at the heart of the Star Wars mythos: The Force. The format of this article has been hard for me to figure out, so I’m just going to talk about each thing I want to rather than construct a flowing narrative. K? K.
Okay, kiddos, I’m taking a break from talking games and game design for something new. Well, sorta. Last week I went into Star Wars nerd mode and detailed why Konami is terrible at adapting it; this week I’ll talk about how Disney might be terrible at adapting it. Star Wars means a lot to me, as it does to a lot of people, so with The Force Awakens coming, now seems like a perfect chance to talk about it. Continue reading
I had initially planned to delve into more discussion about the design process and power levels in the coming weeks, but you know what they say about plans: they exist to be ruined. Okay, nobody says that, but it sounds like something they should. You see, Yu-Gi-Oh‘s been subject to this particular topic for years, and it is something I eventually planned to discuss, but recent card reveals have compelled me to talk about it now. Hello, and welcome to another Acts of Terrorism. Strap yourselves in and get ready for the cool, cool jivey insight of the king. Continue reading