#MoOnTheMovies: More Star Wars Analysis & New Releases

If you missed @MrMoKelly's review of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" last week, we can sum it up with a portion of his full quote.

He wrote:

"The Last Jedi will go down in history as the worst Star Wars movie ever. Purists and Star Wars fans over the age of 30 will savage this movie for how it treats canon, original characters and basic story structure.

It is not just bad, it is embarrassing.

I am heartbroken."

If you want to hear his full explanation for this review, you can listen to his EXPLICIT, SPOILER-FILLED NerdCast on it right here, or check it out at MrMoKelly.com

GaS and @MrMoKelly broke it down a little bit, as well.

Don't worry, there's no spoilers here.

We also looked into this week's new releases.

Here's a breakdown on a few of them...

How can you argue with a bunch of movie stars acting goofy and hawking a “believe in yourself” message? There are some odd beats and choices, especially around Gillan’s Martha, who is costumed in nearly nothing (surely as a send up of what female characters usually wear in video games, but however meta it might have been intended to be, it is still literally her costume). There’s also a plot line that hinges on her learning how to flirt from Bethany (because they all decide that flirting with the bad guy security guards is the only way they can get past them). Maybe it’s all in good fun, or maybe one of the four credited screenwriters could have been a woman.

But “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” probably doesn’t warrant that much scrutiny. Its surface pleasures are strong enough for a fun holiday afternoon at the movies.

Read the full story at Associated Press

It’s hard to say what’s better about the first half of Alexander Payne’s wonderfully weird — or is it weirdly wonderful? — “Downsizing”: the audacity of its premise, or the delicious skill with which Payne executes that premise, detail by comically ingenious detail.

The fact that the film shifts discernibly in the second half, going places and tackling ideas one wouldn’t necessarily expect, will surely disappoint some and please others. But there’s no doubt about one thing: the director’s considerable talent is on full display here. Let him keep shifting; we’ll keep watching.

Read the full story at Associated Press

“Don’t fight it,” goes the opening song of “The Greatest Showman,” sung by Hugh Jackman. “It’s coming for you, running at ya.”

Well, that’s for damn sure. “The Greatest Showman” is a one hour-and-45 minute onslaught on the senses — all peppy, fizzy ballads and frantic energy, earnest sentiments and impossibly good intentions. It’s begging for love, like a puppy serenading us with pop songs.

It’s exhausting, and messy. And that’s too bad, because Jackman really IS one of the great showmen of our time. Give the man a stage and a song, and it’s near impossible not to love him. The movie? Not so much.

Read the full story at Associated Press

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