Is Rey a Superhero?

Originally posted on Legendarium Media

For the most part, audiences fell in love with Rey in The Force Awakens. Daisy Ridley brought an irrepressible charm and energy to the role. Over the holidays, people were frustrated by the lack of Rey merchandising available in stores. But there have been questions about her development as a character. For example, screenwriter Max Landis calls Rey too perfect and unrealistic. I admit I initially agreed with this critique – after all, Rey does master many new skills with relative ease. However, I started to realize that this might be the point. Rey’s story isn’t about learning new skills, but rather the complications that arise in being so powerful. Continue reading “Is Rey a Superhero?”

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Mad Max: Fury Road

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I don’t normally pay much attention to the Oscars. The voting is very politicized and I find the choices for “best picture” rarely stand the test of time. That said, the buzz surrounding Mad Max: Fury Road had intrigued me. This isn’t the type of film to normally receive praise from the Academy. It’s one big, long car chase with lots of explosions and minimal dialogue. It makes Gladiator – the “best picture” winner for 2000 – seem like Shakespeare. So why has this film not only been nominated for “best picture” but also received critical acclaim from some mainstream film critics? Continue reading “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Adding The Force Awakens to the Star Wars Ring

This article originally appeared on Legendarium Media

The Force Awakens is clearly soaked in nostalgia, to the point where some critics allege that it’s little more than a copy of the original Star Wars film. I addressed this claim in my last post. The film isn’t just a remake, reboot, or “requel” of A New Hope. The film mirrors the past, but often does so in new and interesting ways. Other times, the parallels do come across as straight up copying. Here, I attempt to understand what those similarities between the Original Trilogy and The Force Awakens do for the overall story. Continue reading “Adding The Force Awakens to the Star Wars Ring”