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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

by on Dec.18, 2016, under Movie Reviews

Rogue One A Star Wars StoryThere aren’t a lot of films that effect me on deep emotional levels, the first Star Wars films did that for me when I saw them in the theaters and the countless times after. Episode VII had the opposite effect on me and I feared where things were going. Luckily Rogue One has restored my faith, and with my fear resolved I’m looking forward to what Episode VIII will offer.

By the way, I will not offer any spoilers here, there’s no way in hell I’m going to ruin this for you. You will have to see it for yourself to discover all the little nuances of it and there’s no possible way my words can do this film proper justice.

Rogue One is easily one of the best in the series, up there in terms of quality and depth as Empire. And while it’s a chapter in the greater story, it has an originality in it that’s unique as it feels more like a war film with a gritty, intense delivery you don’t normally see in the series. Among the many things great about this movie is what it’s about. The story revolves around one of the components in the Star Wars story in that it’s about how the rebels ended up with the plans to the Death Star. One of the discussions in the film when the plans are retrieved regards the sacrifice that was made to get the plans. This is the story of that sacrifice…

And it’s impactful with an expertly crafted, emotional story. I had to take some time to process it as I felt overwhelmed by it, in a really great way I might add. The visual quality of it had something to do with that. I saw it in IMAX 3D which was cool but is unnecessary, the film is amazing with or without the 3D. The effects keep getting better with some things that were so surprisingly realistic that it had me thinking about how they did it so the intensity of the suspension of disbelief knocked me out of the suspension of disbelief. Wow.

The acting is superb with all the actors completely going for it. Felicity Jones is the lead as Jyn Erso and played her role very well with a great balance of vulnerability, anger, determination, and passion while fitting into the physical demands of the film as well. Forest Whitaker was probably my second favorite in the cast as the unhinged rebel Saw Gerrera. Whitaker knows how to play a character that’s off-putting but still sharp. The rest of this amazing cast includes Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Alistair Petrie, and Alan Tudyk as the voice of K-2SO.

See this film in theaters while you can. And then see it again, I know I am.

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

by on Oct.05, 2014, under Movie Reviews

Alan Tudyk (Firefly) and Tyler Labine star in this fun, off-beat horror film. The film centers around 2 hillbillies who just want to enjoy their new fishing cabin when they cross paths with a group of college kids camping in the woods. Misconceptions from both sides lead to some crazy situations that continue to spiral out of control as the situation builds to a head.

This film is so much fun. It takes some stereotypical horror scenarios and turns them on their ear. There are some great moments between the characters on both sides of the story as they try to get a handle on the circumstances surrounding their conflicts. You’ll even find a bit of a love story intertwined in here as well which adds a whole new unexpected dynamic. There aren’t too many films I can classify as original these days but this would be a film I would put in that category. Similar to how Shaun of the Dead put its own stamp on the zombie-genre, this film re-defines the camping in the woods slasher.

The actors are great from the amped up college kids to the misunderstood country boys, all are strong in their roles. Tyler Labine is the big, lovable doofus while Tudyk plays the straight guy trying to be in charge. Katrina Bowden from 30 Rock is the female lead and plays a smarter character than she is more known for. She’s actually endearing and convincing in her role as well as being enjoyable to watch. The cast includes Jesse Moss, Christie Laing, Chelan Simmons and Travis Nelson.

Eli Craig writes and directs. Craig does an excellent job on both fronts in creating this unique and entertaining film. You hardly know you’re watching a horror film sometimes, at least until they hit you with the occasional college kid getting massacred every now and then.

A great way to start off my horror movie reviews for the Halloween season. The ending is really satisfying and there’s a wicked chainsaw / pipe fight! Check out Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil, it’s on Netflix!

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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