Chronicle

Directed By: Josh Trank

Released: February 2012

Rated PG-13

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Cast:
Dane DeHann: Andrew
Alex Russell: Matt
Michael B. Jordan: Steve
Michael Kelly: Richard

The found-footage genre is a strange genre.  It doesn’t work unless it’s used with another genre: science fiction, horror or war movies.  The term refers to the technique that involves the movie being seen from a first-person perspective via video camera.  The first film to feature this technique was the controversial film, Cannibal Holocaust.  The most well-known found-footage film was 1999’s The Blair Witch Project More often than not, these types of films are hit or miss, but mostly miss.  Movies like Paranormal Activity are being churned out every year and it’s not as interesting anymore, since most of them generally involve the paranormal.  There are a few notable exceptions:  Cloverfield was basically a found-footage Godzilla movie which was pretty effective.  Into The Storm is a very recent one that has the audience on the ground with the storm-chasers.  It was pretty awesome.  There are a lot of these films out there, but most of them don’t cut it.  In 2012, up-and-coming director Josh Trank gives us Chronicle.  It’s a superhero movie, but it’s unlike anything I’ve seen before.

The film begins as soon as Andrew turns on his camera.  We see him in his room, and then we hear his drunken father banging on the door.  At this point, Andrew decides to record EVERYTHING.  From his life at home to his experience at school, we witness Andrew being abused and bullied with only his cousin Matt to keep him sane.  After a party, Matt’s friend Steve convinces Andrew to check something out that he and Matt found.  Under the ground is an usual glowing object.  As soon as they touch it, everything blacks out.  Later, we discover that Matt, Andrew and Steve have developed unique “abilities.”  At first it’s telekinesis, then super-strength and finally, the ability to fly.  Superhero movies are nothing new.  They’ve been around for decades.  But nobody had actually tried to see things from a superhero’s perspective.  Chronicle does just that.  Granted, towards the beginning, these kids are just discovering their powers and having fun with them, but they learn that there are consequences to using them.  Dane DeHann’s characer, Andrew, has a bit of a darkness to him.  He’s been abused and bullied, and he’s put up with it for years.

Story-wise, Chronicle is predictable.  It definitely utilizes a lot of the characteristics of other superhero movies.  But it also dares to ask the question:  What would you do if you had these powers?  We see early on after getting these powers, the kids are playing pranks in a local store.  When you watch that, it’s hilarious.  It’s funny, because it’s probably something that I would do with those gifts.  The interactions between Andrew, Matt and Steve are fantastic, because these are kids just out trying to have fun and discover what they can do.  There’s definitely a lot of light moments in the film, but it does take a darker turn.  It’s kind of predictable, though.  The whole found-footage aspect in this film works surprisingly well.  You can definitely see what’s going on, but it also changes perspectives from time to time, giving us a different look at what’s happening.  If it’s not from another person’s camera-phone, it’s from a security camera or a cop car camera.  When things hit the fan, they really hit the fan.  The last act of the movie is exactly what you would expect from a superhero flick.  It’s awesome.

Dane DeHann is one to watch.  His performance as Andrew is fantastic.  Andrew is an introvert, shy, and spends a lot of time by himself and generally out of view of other people.  I like the character because he’s somebody I can relate to and sympathize with.  While I fortunately don’t have a drunken and abusive father, I do spend a lot of time keeping a distance between myself and other people.  It’s natural that some people tend to gravitate towards these kinds of characters.  It’s kind of like looking into a mirror, only without superpowers.  Alex Russell plays Andrew’s somewhat nerdy cousin who actually cares about Andrew.  Michael B. Jordan plays the stereotypical sports guy.  In conjunction with the other two, Jordan can be downright hysterical.  Michael Kelly plays Andrew’s drunken father.  I can’t imagine it’s really that hard to play a drunken jack-ass, but Kelly does it pretty well.  The relationship between him and Andrew is obviously very antagonistic and ends up leading to one of the least surprising, yet satisfying confrontations in the movie.

The action is absolutely fantastic, and given that it’s taken from nearly a first-person perspective, it’s exhilarating at times.  There’s a scene in which the three kids are flying around in the sky, so being able to see that from a certain perspective is exciting.  There’s definitely a good chunk of destruction(not on the level of Man of Steel, mind you), but it’s done on such an intimate level that it’s genuinely thrilling and not as over-the-top as you would expect.  Unfortunately, a lot of the visuals are CG, so it kind of takes you out of the experience a little bit.  Also, with Chronicle being a found-footage movie there’s a lot of shaky cam going on, so those with motion-sickness may want to avoid the film.  At 82 minutes, Chronicle doesn’t overstay its welcome and moves along at a brisk pace.  The other thing I noticed was the near lack of music.  There’s no bombastic superhero theme going on at all.  In fact, most of the music is done through the radio and background noise.  It adds a little more ambiance to the whole experience, and it really works.  This movie is a lot better than it should have been, but not quite as good as it needed to be.  There are a few hiccups here and there, and it’s still a teen drama in the middle of it all.  But Dane DeHann’s performance sells the whole thing.  I think he’s got real potential.  Chronicle gets an 8/10, mostly for doing something different with the superhero genre.  I think it’s definitely worth a watch.

The Expendables 3

Released: August 2014

Directed By: Patrick Hughes

Rated PG-13

Run Time: 127 minutes

Cast:
Sylvester Stallone: Barney Ross
Jason Statham: Christmas
Dolph Lundgren: Gunner
Randy Couture: Toll Road
Harrison Ford: Drummer
Wesley Snipes: Doc
Mel Gibson: Stonebanks
Kellan Lutz: Smilee
Ronda Rousey: Luna
Antonio Banderas: Galgo
Kelsey Grammer: Bonaparte
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Trench
Jet Li: Yin Yang
Terry Crews: Caesar

There was an idea several years ago that involved getting some of the biggest names in action movies together for an ensemble movie that nobody had ever seen before.  Under the direction of superstar and director Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables was released in 2010.  The Expendables featured a cast that included such names as: Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, and Mickey Rourke.  The result was a very solid action-adventure that was gritty, intense, and a whole lot of fun.  With big explosions, gunfire, and fight scenes, it was definitely a blast from the 80s past.  The big names like Stallone, Lundgren, and Rourke were definitely 80s action movie icons.  In fact, there was a scene in which Arnold Schwarzenegger had a cameo.  The scene also featured Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone.  It was a very small scene, but we got to see the three biggest action stars on screen together for the first time.  The Expendables was pretty decent success, so a sequel was commissioned: The Expendables 2.  The biggest draw for these movies is seeing all these action icons on screen together.  The second film featured the additions of Chuck Norris and Jean Claude Van-Damme.  Norris hadn’t been seen in a big screen film since Top Dog.  Like the original The Expendables 2 was a powerhouse action flick that delivered on what it promised.  It was spectacular.  The third film in the franchise was released earlier this year and features the largest roster of action stars yet.  With the addition of Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, and Antonio Banderas, it was shaping to be the most action-packed film of the bunch.  Did it deliver?  For the most part, yes.

The Expendables 3 takes off with the titular crew attempting to retrieve an old comrade of theirs, Doc, from a black-ops prison train.  Afterwards, they take on a merciless weapons-dealer.  They soon discover that the weapons-dealer is none other than Conrad Stonebanks, one of the founders of the Expendables.  With one of their crew critically injured, Barney Ross, with intel provided by Harrison Ford’s Drummer, he decides to take on a new crew to go after Stonebanks.  When it comes to The Expendables, the story is pretty much secondary to everything on screen.  It’s just an excuse to blow stuff up, and that’s just fine with me.  That’s not the only reason to watch these movies.  Watching them interact with each other is sublime.  It’s absolutely hilarious at times.  Banderas’s character is probably the coolest of the bunch.  He certainly talks a lot, but when the chips are down, he’s as tough as the rest of them.  Wesley Snipes is also fun to watch.  Seeing him on the big screen again after years of prison time and direct-to-video crap, its astounding.  He’s still got it, and we get to see him utilize his martial arts skills a little bit.  Harrison Ford is clearly having a ball in this movie, as he plays Bruce Willis’s replacement.  Mel Gibson is an absolute hoot as the villain, Stonebanks.

The younger crew ain’t too shabby, either.  Kellan Lutz, despite the fact that he played in the worst Hercules movie ever, proves that he’s actually not terrible in an action movie.  Women’s MMA fighter, Ronda Rousey makes her big screen debut as Luna, the only female Expendable.  She’s definitely got the physicality and the beauty for the part, and she’s awesome.  Overall, it’s an interesting mix of new and old that mostly works.  Unfortunately, the old crew doesn’t see as much screen time as they used to, as Stallone’s character’s looking for younger blood to take out his old comrade.  Kelsey Grammer appears in the film as additional comic relief and he’s good.  He’s definitely funny at times, but doesn’t actually see any action.  The action in this movie, like the others, is completely off-the-wall crazy.  The opening train sequence is totally ludicrous.  Any pretense of realism is promptly thrown out the window.  Some of the explosions are CG, but don’t seem out of place.  The action sequences are absolutely fun and well-handled, and the stunts are nuts.  The final battle at the abandoned casino towards the end of the movie is nothing short of epic.  It goes without saying that Expendables 3 is the biggest of the bunch and the longest,  yet it moves at such a quick pace you hardly notice the run time.

The Expendables 3 is the first of the franchise to be rated PG-13.  When Stallone announced, there was an immediate backlash.  The first two movies were rated R because they were VIOLENT.  Violent and gory.  This isn’t the first time that a third entry into a franchise was turned into a PG-13 film.  Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is one of the prime examples, but that movie suffered because of it.  Terminator Salvation, was also rated PG-13, and yet it still managed to entertain.  The rating doesn’t make the movie, despite what people say.  It’s the content of the film:  The writing, the casting, the cinematography, the script; it’s all supposed to come together to form a cohesive product.  The rating of a film allows certain things to happen while limiting others.  A PG-13 sequel to an R-rated film can reach a larger audience, sure, but it can also alienate the franchise’s core fans.  Stallone wanted a PG-13 film to reach a wider audience, but I don’t think he really needed to do that.  He already had his audience, so that was a strange decision.  Make no mistake about it, The Expendables 3 is a very violent movie.  It definitely pushes the PG-13 envelope.  It’s just as violent as the first two, only without the gore.

Growing up watching the action movies of the 80s and early 90s, it was just awesome to see so many of my favorite action stars in one movie together.  I would’ve loved to see Mickey Rourke come back, and maybe he will at some point, but I wasn’t disappointed at how well it all came together in this franchise.  The character interactions are definitely part of what makes the whole thing work.  Jason Statham and Sylvester Stallone, antagonize each other in humorous, yet respectable way.  Those two are funny together, but its Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes that steal the show.  As I said before, it’s a real treat seeing Snipes on the big screen again.  I honestly hope that gets to play Blade one more time.  He’s pretty damn good.  Going into The Expendables 3 you have to have a certain mentality:  Either you love what Stallone managed to accomplish in these movies or you don’t, it’s as simple as that.  At first, I was hesitant to see The Expendables 3 because of the rating, but I’m glad I did see it.  It’s a lot of fun.  I know that people don’t like these movies because they feel that the old-timers have had their time.  My opinion?  They can stop when they’re damn good and ready to stop.  Arnold Schwarzenegger has a new Terminator movie coming out, Stallone’s got Rambo V in the works as well as another Expendables film, and Harrison Ford has Star Wars.  If these guys look like they’re having fun, that means that WE’RE going to have fun.  Like I said above, the old crew doesn’t get as much screen time, and some of the CG is very obvious.  I’m nitpicking, the film is a really solid entry, and I don’t think it deserves the hate that it gets.  This one gets an 8.5/10.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Released: June 1980

Directed By: Irvin Kirshner

Rated PG

Run Time: 124 minutes

Cast:
Mark Hamill: Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford: Han Solo
Carrie Fisher: Princess Leia
Billy Dee Williams: Lando Calrissian
Frank Oz: Yoda(voice)
Darth Vader: David Prowse, James Earl Jones(voice)
Alec Guinness: Obi-Wan(Ben)Kenobi

When Star Wars: A New Hope was released back in 1977, it sent shock-waves throughout the entire movie-making community.  Nobody had ever seen or done anything like what George Lucas did.  From the use of models to the way camera moved during the battle sequences, the movie blew everyone’s minds.  It shattered records, won 6 Oscars, and was nominated for several more.  There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Star Wars was something special.  It gave us incredible special effects, characters, story and a rousing musical score that blew everything else away.  No other movie came together so perfectly.  It also came out of nowhere.  Names like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Darth Vader became household names overnight.  The merchandising was off the charts.  Records, books, comics, and toys came soon after the movie was released.  It came as no surprise that a follow-up film would be in the works.  George Lucas soon began work on the follow-up film when he received word of how successful his movie was.  Because he had spent so much time and effort trying to get Star Wars made, he gave up the director’s for the second movie.  Irvin Kirshner took over as director and as a result, we have the best sequel to any movie ever made: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

After the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebel Alliance is on the run from the dreaded Galactic Empire.  Taking refuge on the remote ice planet Hoth, the Rebels plan their next strike against the Empire.  Meanwhile, the Empire has sent thousands of probe droids throughout the galaxy in an attempt to flush the Rebels out.  Because of the Death Star’s destruction, Darth Vader has taken a particular interest in Luke Skywalker.  Skywalker receives a vision from the late Obi-Wan Kenobi telling him to go to Degobah.  He is to train under the guidance of the legendary Jedi Master, Yoda.  Suffering a devastating defeat at the hands of the Empire, the Rebels scatter throughout the galaxy, and Luke heads to Degobah to begin his training as a Jedi Knight.  I don’t think that people were surprised to hear that a sequel to Star Wars was coming, but I think people were surprised at how amazing it was.  The filmmakers took everything that was great about the first movie and amped it up for The Empire Strikes Back.

Story-wise, it feels like a natural progression that the Empire would unleash its entire military force on the Rebels.  The Rebels had destroyed the Empire’s prized Death Star after all.  The opening battle sequence on Hoth shows you just how hopelessly outgunned and outmatched the Rebels really are, both technologically and in manpower.  So, it’s only natural that after the Alliance’s first major success, they are handed a very sound defeat.  The Rebels are running one way, with Han and Leia outrunning Imperial Star Destroyers and TIE fighters in another direction.  Luke is flying solo to a remote and swampy planet to train as a Jedi, so things are looking pretty grim at this point.  That’s another thing that took people by surprise: The Empire Strikes Back is a much darker film than the previous entry.

The Empire Strikes Back introduces three new central characters to the story.  The first is the Jedi master, Yoda.  This diminutive creature has trained Jedi for 800 years and exiled himself to Degobah to hide from the Empire.  He takes Luke under his wing to train Luke in the ways of the Force.  The next character is another charming rogue: Lando Calrissian.  Billy Dee Williams is simply fantastic as Lando.  We learn that Lando was the previous owner of the Millennium Falcon that he lost to Han in a card game.  The final character is the bounty hunter Boba Fett.  Clad in Mandalorian armor, we never see his face or hear his actual voice.  The character is as mysterious as he is lethal.  Each of these characters play a significant role in the events of the film.

As I mentioned in my review of the original Star Wars, what makes these movies special is their use of visual effects and sound design.  From the laser blasts of the Imperial Walkers to the metallic engine whine of the Falcon, the sound really hits you from all sides.  Visually, this is as distinct a movie as you can get.  The icy environments of Hoth are appropriately chilling.  Yes, that pun was intended.  Degobah is a swamp planet that is wet, muddy and riddled with bizarre creatures.  Cloud City on Bespin is something to behold.  It’s massive, and some of the most important conflicts in the movie happen here.  From Leia and Lando’s escape to the lightsaber duel between Luke and Darth Vader, it feels pretty claustrophobic at times.  The action sequences are incredible.  The opening battle on Hoth with the walkers is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, even today.  Then you have the sequence where the Imperials are chasing the Millennium Falcon through an asteroid field.  This is one of the most memorable moments of the film.  It’s fast paced and absolutely intense.  Since the film’s been out for 34 years, everyone pretty much knows how the lightsaber duel ends in this one.  The choreography is fantastic, but it really hits an emotional core towards the end of the fight.  When Vader reveals that he is Luke’s father, everything changes.  Nobody was expecting that.  Even the actors were kept out of the loop during the making of the film.  That was to make the impact that much more visceral and it worked.

I mentioned that one of the greatest things about Star Wars was its music.  The Empire Strikes Back is no slouch in that department.  John Williams introduced a few new themes.  A new romantic theme for Leia and Han, Yoda’s theme which is elegant and emotional, and the Imperial March.  The March is the Empire’s theme and it’s very powerful and sinister, just like the government it represents.  Like the film before it, The Empire Strikes Back gets everything right.  For millions of fans, The Empire Strikes Back is the best film in the series, and it’s really, really hard to argue that point.  This is exactly what a proper sequel should do: Give fans what they love and know from the original film and expand upon it with new and exciting stuff that fits in with the movie’s mythology.  As I mentioned in my Star Wars review, George Lucas went back and did some tinkering with Original Trilogy when the tech became available.  Unlike the first movie, some of the changes in Empire are mostly cosmetic like the Falcon’s approach to Cloud City as well as some of the city’s vistas.  It’s really hard to improve on something that’s so well done that there’s really not a whole lot to improve.  There is a particular change that was made to the DVD release of the film, and that’s with Vader’s conversation with the Emperor.  In the DVD and Blu-Ray releases, Ian McDiarmid reprises his role as The Emperor for the film.  It’s one of the changes that I agree with, as it adds more continuity to the series.  Overall, that basically covers it for the additions to the film.  Like the film before it, The Empire Strikes Back still stands up after nearly 40 years, and will continue to do so for who knows how long.  It’s a film that you can watch again and again and still get excited about, and that’s the mark of a great movie.  I only wish that this trilogy would be re-released in theaters before The Force Awakens is released.  I haven’t seen the Original Trilogy in theaters and I would love to be able to.  The Force is strong with this one: 10/10.

Star Wars: A New Hope

Released: May 1977

Directed By: George Lucas

Run-Time: 121 Minutes

Rated PG

Cast:
Mark Hamill: Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford: Han Solo
Carrie Fisher: Princess Leia
Anthony Daniels: C-3PO
Kenny Baker: R2-D2
Peter Mayhew: Chewbacca
David Prowse: Darth Vader
James Earl Jones: The Voice of Darth Vader
Peter Cushing: Grand Moff Tarkin
Alec Guinness: Obi-wan(Ben)Kenobi

In 1968, a little science fiction movie called 2001: A Space Odyssey was released by Stanley Kubrick.  While the film garnered mixed reviews, the one thing that everybody seemed to agree on was how realistic it appeared and the way that special effects were used was unique.  It was nearly a silent film and relied mostly on what unfolded on screen and the music.  Nothing like that had ever been seen or done before.  9 years later in 1977, the way movies were MADE was turned upside down by another little movie by the name of Star Wars.  Released in May of 1977, Star Wars took the world by storm.  It featured visual effects and techniques that nobody had ever seen before.  Director George Lucas was inspired by the serials of the early to mid 30s and the Akira Kurosawa films.  The success of Star Wars launched an entire universe of endless possibilities in terms of story telling and characters.  The opening of Star Wars shattered box office records.  People lined up for blocks and blocks.  Some of them had seen it dozens of times.  It was clearly a well-received film that made people interested in science fiction again.  The film has inspired generations of not just filmmakers but also fans.

Drawing on the mythological archetypes described by Joseph Campbell, Star Wars tells the story of Luke Skywalker(Mark Hamill).  A young and idealistic farm boy, Luke gets caught up in the civil war between a Rebel Alliance and the evil Galactic Empire that has ruled the galaxy for decades.  Recruited by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke and the two droids that were sold to him embark on an adventure that spans the galaxy.  Meeting up with the rogue Han Solo(Harrison Ford)and Chewbacca(Peter Mayhew), Luke and Kenobi attempt to leave Tattooine without attracting Imperial attention in order to deliver the droids C-3PO(Anthony Daniels)and R2-D2(Kenny Baker)to Alderaan.   For all three of you that have been living under a rock for the past 37 years, this is basically the introduction to Star Wars.  What an introduction it is.  The way a movie opens tends to be very important, because it sets the tone for the rest of the movie.  When the Star Wars logo appears to the famous musical score by legendary composer John Williams, you know you are in for something special.  Just when you think that the opening scrawl was awesome, it gets better.  When the first ship shows up, it seems like it’s pretty big, right?  Well, when the Star Destroyer passes overhead, audiences went wild.  This was something new and spectacular.  The opening sequence was just the tip of the iceberg.  One of the main characters is perhaps the most recognizable villains in cinema: Darth Vader.  he was big and he was scary.  You knew he was a bad guy.

From the scavenging Jawas and the Imperial Storm-Troopers to Han Solo, Luke and Leia, Star Wars introduces us to a wide array of unique and colorful creatures and characters.  All of them are memorable, and the way they are introduced is also memorable.  The universe portrayed in these films is so vast, it’s hard to fathom.  Star Wars draws its inspiration from many different sources.  Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is one as well as the Flash Gordon serials.  Star Wars has also been inspired by Westerns.  You can tell that by looking at Han Solo.  He’s basically a cowboy in space.  Look at the way he carries his weapon and the way he moves.  That reminds me of the Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns of the 60s.  The themes present in Star Wars aren’t particularly unique.  The battle between good and evil is basically the same deal in many movies that came before, but the way these themes were presented was original.  The action sequences for example: The gun fights come right out of a good old fashioned western.  The space battles are actually fairly reminiscent of the WWII combat plane footage.  All of these sequences were done practically with models and miniatures.  No CGI.  The way that George Lucas moved the camera, nobody had done before.  There is not a sequence in this movie that doesn’t stand out.  The performances in this film are incredible and don’t come across as cheesy as you would expect from a 70s sci-fi flick.  Star Wars doesn’t take itself too seriously and doesn’t overstay its welcome.  It’s a faced-paced adventure considering its 2 hour running time.

I mentioned Joseph Campbell because a lot of the archetypes that he mentioned were used prominently in Star Wars.  You have the young idealistic farm-boy who finds a mentor in an old man, and then they meet up with a roguish character.  Star Wars isn’t the first to use these archetypes and it wasn’t the last.  In fact, some of the movies that have been released in the past decade have taken inspiration directly from Star Wars.  Eragon is a prime example. Unfortunately, Eragon, follows the Star Wars formula exactly.  But that’s neither here nor there.  The point is, is that when you watch movies these days, it’s hard not to notice that the same themes present in Star Wars are also present in movies like Lord of the Rings.  Filmmakers like James Cameron and Peter Jackson have clearly been inspired by Star Wars.

Star Wars is a thrilling space adventure that has some of the most iconic themes, music and characters that we’ve ever seen.  I know I tend to throw that word around a lot, but it’s absolutely true.  I grew up with Star Wars, as did many people of my generation.  It’s one of the most exciting movies ever made and even nearly 40 years later, it still manages to excite people of all ages.  On a side note: In 1997, the Original Trilogy was re-released to theaters featuring new footage and special effects, including CGI elements.  While it didn’t necessarily bother me at the time, the addition of the new effects actually degraded the quality of the film to a certain extent.  Star Wars was special because Lucas had to use the technology of the time to make everything work, and it was exquisite.  George Lucas’s reasoning for going back to “finish” his movies was for that very reason, the lack of technology.  Truthfully, I think that rings hollow.  He managed to accomplish more in terms of special effects because he didn’t have the technology that we have now.  So, for Lucas to go back and tinker with his movies just doesn’t seem….proper.  Granted, some of it works quite well, while other elements are completely out of place.  With the advent of DVD and recently, Blu-Ray, Lucas continued to mess around with something that didn’t need screwing around with.  Do these new additions detract from the experience as a whole?  I personally don’t believe so, but it does strike me as odd.

Overall, Star Wars is probably one of the greatest science fiction films ever conceived.  It has inspired generations of filmmakers to dare to experiment with movies the way that George Lucas did.  This movie is filled with incredible gunfights and space battles, while peppered with awesome character interaction that is both amusing and heart-breaking.  Never before has a movie captured the imagination of millions of people.  For nearly 40 years, the Star Wars universe has expanded and blossomed into a cultural phenomenon that will never die.  Star Wars is a film that is for all generations, both young and old, to enjoy.  I truly hope that these films will be preserved for future generations, to show them how movies can be both fun and inspirational.  Star Wars is one of the main reasons why I do this, why I write about movies.  It’s because there is so much to tell.  For me and many others, Star Wars is a timeless adventure that never fails to thrill.  With amazing music, story and effects, Star Wars is where it’s at.  10/10.