Movies Star Wars

Rogue One’s Moral Ambiguity

The Star Wars universe has a slight problem with moral complexity. Although it does occasionally hint at stances beyond Good Is Good and Evil Is Bad, like when Lando Calrissian sells out Han and Leia, it mostly makes very clear who is supposed to be a hero, and who is supposed to be a villain. But the more …

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Rogue One and the Token Protagonist

First, let’s get this out of the way: I thought Rogue One was a great movie. Well-paced, thrilling, with a story that I think we need right now. I definitely recommend it, if for some reason you haven’t seen it already. But this blog isn’t just about whether movies are enjoyable, and Rogue One failed on one major …

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Shipping for Salvation

When it was revealed that Disney expected Kylo Ren, not Rey, to be the breakout star of The Force Awakens, everyone laughed. Of course everyone would fall in love with the villain who’s responsible for the death of a fan favorite, and not the protagonist of the movie. Obviously. But one group was drawn to the …

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We have to stop debating Mary Sues

Let’s talk about Mary Sues. Again. As I discussed a couple of weeks ago, Star Wars has got people talking once again about Mary Sues, after people criticized Rey for being too capable to be believable. This “Mary Sue” label has been critiqued to death, with many, many people pointing out its sexist connotations. But I’ve …

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The Force Awakens breaks the record

On Wednesday, The Force Awakens passed Avatar as the highest grossing movie in the North American box office, just twenty days after its release. For comparison, Avatar set its record of $760.5 million after being in theaters for seven months and then later re-released. And Star Wars is probably going to take a whole lot more money before it’s done. …

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Rey and the Hero’s Journey

I could fangirl about Rey from The Force Awakens all day. She is amazing, to the point that I could barely write anything of substance about her in my review of the movie, since my first-watch reaction was mostly just an excited squealing noise in my head. (And, I’ll admit, out loud). But I think it’s …

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