Honestly the first half of this movie felt much more like a Guardians of the Galaxy movie than a Star Wars movie.
The best part of this movie is the span from the Han Solo/Kylo Ren confrontation to the lightsaber fight in the snow (which I put at just slightly below the amazing Mustafar Anakin/Obi Wan fight)
A few thoughts:
1. Gary Cooper playing a college freshman at 41 is like Florence Pugh playing a 12 y/o Amy March at 24... yikes
2. The kid in the hospital yelling “Oh Gosh!” was such bad acting that I laughed out loud
3. The first part of this movie is pretty bad with poor pacing, bad writing, and sub-par acting
4. I actually thought Gary Cooper had a nice naive boyish charm with Eleanor and they have a pretty sweet chemistry
5. Mrs. Gehrig’s character is pretty insufferable and kinda creepy
6. The last act is pretty damn great
I have 2 questions:
1. How did Giant lose Best Picture to THIS??
2. Shirley MacLaine sweetie why on earth did you take this role?
I like the message of the film about seeing the world and how much we as humans can accomplish when we set our minds to it, but overall it was pretty bland. Seems more like a movie shown to elementary school kids to teach them about adventure and the most stereotypical portrayals of different nations around the globe.
The performances by Ali and Mortensen are what make the movie memorable, but aren’t enough to make the film deserving of best picture. A white savior film in 2018 is unnecessary and implies that America is in the same race-relations situation as we were in 1968 when a similar themed white-savior film In the Heat of the Night came out. Exploring race relations in 2018 should be much more complex with a message that doesn’t use the story of a…