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For Tyeth’s Rise of Skywalker Review

Hello Everybody, I have just got back from my local cinema after viewing The Rise of Skywalker. And I gotta say it was better than the negative comments would suggest I saw and read online. Of course this is just my first thought opinions, other people may not like it but I have been watching these films for over 36 years and I enjoyed this one. It was an adventure from the moment we hear John William’s Intro Theme.

I can’t say too much obviously but I will say some things/characters that weren’t handled well in The Last Jedi were “put right” and dealt with better this time around. Also don’t blink during the first half hour as it is fast moving.

I mentioned I had watched these movies for around three decades so I did see a lot of nostalgic nods to previous films which was fun. I also got to see Threepio get an important job to do in the story aside from saying “This is madness….we’re doomed!” which was cool. The music was outstanding as usual with John Williams winding his way through the film holding it together, binding the contents – I sometimes think he and his music are the Force! There were funny lines and throwbacks that made me chuckle.

On the acting side of things, all of the on screen talent gave great performances…and regards the actual story, I only had one major niggle.

There was a good solid end to the finale that made sense and made me happy and sad at the same time….how else could it have ended? A balance.

So this has been my initial thoughts on The Rise of Skywalker. Again others may disagree (I’m not the most experienced film critic!) but I thought it was worth my money to view it. Oh wait! I got tickets as a birthday present but you know what I mean and finally….yes I was inspired by one or two things that may or may not have appeared in the movie so I will be busy over the festive period making 3D models!

Thank you for looking in on this, my mini first thoughts review. If you are planning to go and see TROS I hope you find it as entertaining as I did. And I hope you will return and let me know what you thought of it (but please don’t spoil it for others ok!). I’ll be taking things easier over the next week or two so if we don’t get to chat I hope you all have a great holiday season however you choose to observe it! Till next time….

The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas around the globe now and is  Trademark/Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm.

SOLO A Star Wars Story (Non-Spoiler Review by For)

Hello Everybody, Well I have just completed the Kessell Run (in under 11.9 parsecs – I know that’s distance not time!). Actually I have just returned from the cinema after watching our favourite smuggler and his new film, Yes I’ve seen SOLO A Star Wars Story, and I have to say it made a lot more sense than The Last Jedi did. I was able to follow it and it flowed nicely. It began with it’s foot on the accelerator with a chase scene which led to Han leaving Corellia and getting his name. (And for fans of Lego Star Wars no his name isn’t Ian!) The next sequence shows how Han escapes Correllia and how he plans to get back (and why he needs to) then the fun really starts.

Now Han is supposed to be around 20yrs old when this film is set and so is portrayed by Alden Ehrenriech…who did amazingly well in the role. It was strange not seeing and hearing Harrison Ford and there was always a little niggling voice in my head saying “This isn’t Han”, but block that out and Alden becomes the young Solo. Just remember he is “becoming” the smuggler we know and love so will be a little different, but the self assured and confident Han begins to appear as the film goes on. And he will need this attitude and knows for the adventure he is going to have. I don’t want to give too much of the film away so for now in case you haven’t seen my saber design for Han Solo titled Bloodstripe then you can click HERE to see my post.Han Solo Bloodstripe Plate

Now wherever Han Solo is then his famous co-pilot is not far away. And Han’s co-pilot and friend Chewbacca is equally amazing. He is let off the chain (eventually) and we get to see some evidence of why “you don’t want to upset a Wookie”! And here I have to say again the actor Joonas Suotamo did a fabulous job taking the role on full time from Peter Mayhew. He nailed the mannerisms, looks and shrugs to the point you could only tell the two apart from extreme close up shots. Han and Chewbacca meet at an Imperial Navy Outpost when Han gets into some trouble with his superiors and the meeting is quite amusing in a way as they don’t see eye to eye at first. This could be dangerous for Han as Wookies are fearsome and powerful warriors and again you guessed it I don’t want to spoil the film so instead may I invite you to take a look at my Wookie Warrior design for Chewie by clicking HERE Wookie One Plate

After establishing a working friendship and escaping their confinement on the Imperial Naval Base Han and Chewie need to get off the planet. To do this they manage to offer their services and hitch a lift with Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson)and his crew. Beckett is the leader of a bunch of scoundrel types who are planning a job to make big money. Han needs money so he can get back home and joins in on the escapade. This is an impressive action sequence. But as you can imagine things don’t go to plan, so a second scheme is devised but they need a ship…and this is where we meet up with Lando Calrissian.

Lando, the soon to be administrator of the gas mining planet Bespin, is portrayed by Donald Glover. And once more Donald did a great job playing the younger version of Lando. He had a style and charisma you would expect of the swindler but he didn’t overplay the role…he looked cool without trying to look cool…you know he was just…cool! There were some classic movie conventions used for the Sabacc card game, all the players round the gambling table, to be eliminated one by one till just Han and Lando remained to play for the spoils and Lando holding the winning hand. We then get to see the “new” Millennium Falcon and trust me it isn’t as bad as I (and others) feared. Just as well she is a great ship they need one for this adventure. So if Lando is going on this journey he’ll need a saber too, and guess what I have one for him. If you’d like to see it then please click HERE Calrissian Plate

I can’t tell you too much without giving away the whole film but there are also great supporting actors/actresses including Val (Thandie Newton), L3-37 (Phoebe Waller Bridge), Qi-ra (Emilia Clarke) and Paul Bettany is very good as Dryden Vos. The action is intense and there is humour dotted throughout but most importantly I can confirm a LIGHTSABER does appear in the film but I’m not saying more than that!

So if you like space action heist films with scoundrels, droids, Wookies, the good guys, the bad guys, laser blasts and explosions, famous ships then SOLO A Star Wars movie may be just the film for you. Give it a try, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.  Well I feel this just about wraps up my little mini review of SOLO, I am no expert but thanks for reading this far and for your support of me and this site. I will be getting back to my normal scheduled postings after this but for now I will have to get to work on some new hilts and maybe some artwork!

If you go to see the film I hope you like it and let me know in the comments section below. Till next time.

SOLO A Star Wars Story is in cinemas from the 24th May

“SOLO A Star Wars Story”, Han Solo, Chewbacca and all other names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney Lucasfilm 2018.

The Last Jedi – For’s First Thoughts

Whew! Hello Everybody! I have just recovered from my viewing of The Last Jedi, and as was hinted at it was good! My experience began by entering the cinema but I got a distinct foreboding feeling, there was none and I mean none, nada, nothing, zero, zilch in the way of Star Wars posters, dioramas, banners or usual cardboard cut-outs to pose with…and this worried me. Maybe these things were at the cinema in the weeks leading up to the release but on the day there was nothing (I told you I live in the Outer Rim of the UK but this was ridiculous!). Anyway I bravely continued and purchased my ticket…VIP and 3D (well it was a treat for my upcoming birthday on Sunday and I was celebrating finishing a college course 😀 !) and ventured into the auditorium. Oh! Nearly forgot my 3D glasses! Actually I still had my ones from Rogue One so used those but I did buy a pair of First Order Stormtrooper 3D goggles to match the DeathTrooper ones I got last year, yes the cinema was selling old Rogue One merch from last year! (I told you things were bad).

Ok, settled into my seat and listening to the Christmas tinged pre-show music, we got the trailers out of the way then the LucasFilm logo appeared with all it’s twinkling 3D effects. And then JOHN WILLIAMS the legend and the crawl! Now I am going to have to stop here as I don’t want to spoil anything for those who have yet to see TLJ. What I can say is that the trailers and TV spots during the build up were as suspected, very cleverly constructed and the film itself “Won’t end the way you think!!!” (thanks Luke for that great line!). I am also going to pat myself on the back and say my one prediction about the film was correct…Rey’s use of the lightsaber WAS in the film Buuut……

Daisy One Opponents Three
This WAS in the film YAY!!!

I think I managed to avoid a spoiler just there. Back to the film, there were fantastic action scenes followed by great moments of humour, followed by nostalgic nods to the Star Wars past. There were also hints at the Star Wars future too. As the Binary Suns set below the horizon… A New Star appeared in the distance.

This was a REAL (not that TFA wasn’t) Star Wars film that will exhilarate you and make you laugh but it will also Force you to cry and change as it twists and tugs at your heartstrings.

I apologise that this is a bare post as regards to images, but you will have seen the pictures that have been released from the film…all I can say is that they are even better on the big screen. So, the Action, the Heroes, the Villains, the scenery, the music, the humour it was all there. Thanks for reading, now go see it for yourselves and I hope you find it as enjoyable as I did. May The Force Be With You….

In Memory of Carrie Fisher

our Forever Princess.