Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker | Spoiler review and lessons learned

Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker had a really choppy story that worked too hard to right the wrongs of the prior episode.  It had some good parts, but it wasn’t anywhere near the Star Wars movie we wanted.

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Lessons Learned from Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker

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Dusty: You’ve got a camera on you at all times, take pictures of important things.

  • Weird how in the future they don’t have phones to snap a few quick pics of this incredibly important dagger with directions on it to the Sith home world.

A great water-soaked light saber battle between Kylo Ren and Rey.

Sky: You are not your ancestors. 

  • Ray has this little dilemma that she thinks she’ll turn evil because she’s a Palpatine.  It doesn’t matter who your ancestors were what they did in the past. What matters is what you do in this life. If anybody wants to hold you accountable for your parent’s or ancestor’s actions, kick ’em to the curb.

Finn and Poe had a few more sensible things to do in this episode.

Dusty: Communication is critical.

  • As seen in this and almost every movie, a lack of communication leads to problems.

Billy Dee, Billy Dee, Billy Dee!

Sky: Never underestimate an android.

  • Not so applicable now, but it was a cool lesson because their droids are just as helpful/important/useful as any human in the story.

We love Carrie Fisher, but Leia wasn’t needed in this movie.

 

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 86%
  • The Critics: 55%

Grades:

  • D from Sky
  • D- from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Jumanji: The Next Level.

Jumanji: The Next Level | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Jumanji: The Next Level was a great follow-up to a great re-do! We both loved the new characters and actors along with new story elements and settings.

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Lessons Learned from Jumanji: The Next Level

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Dusty: Never let issues get in the way of friendship. Forgive and move on with your life.

  • It was great seeing Milo (Danny Glover) coming to visit his lifelong friend Eddie (Danny DeVito) to mend their friendship.

Sky: “You got to pay attention to what’s in your hand.”

  • Fun lesson from Milo to Eddie in the plane.

They’re back!

Dusty: Don’t let pride or pain keep you from doing what you love.

  • Eddie was living an unhappy and resentful life and missed out on still being involved in the restaurant with Nora (Bebe Neuwirth).

Sky: You must continually exercise your mind and be a lifelong learner.

  • When you stop learning you lose that growth mindset and things become harder to accept and understand.  It took Eddie and Milo a bit too long to understand they were in a video game.

Danny DeVito and Danny Glover were great additions to the cast.

Dusty: Keep your body in shape.

  • “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.  There’s no third direction.” – Big Tom Callahan from Tommy Boy. Getting old ain’t fun, but staying healthy in mind and body will make aging a bit more tolerable.

Awkwafina was great portraying both Spencer and Eddie.

Sky: The things you do affect more than just yourself, you’ve got to think about your loved ones before you do something drastic.

  • Spencer didn’t think about what his disappearance would do to his family nor his friends when he jumped back in.  Also, 0 thought was given to how he would be able to complete the mission and end up stuck in the game.

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 87%
  • The Critics: 69%

Grades:

  • A- from Sky
  • A from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Team America: World Police.

Team America: World Police (2004) Spoiler review and lessons learned

Team America: World Police holds up!  Just as funny as ever and it’s a great send-up of Bruckheimer movies, actors, dictators and Hollywood pretentiousness.

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Lessons Learned from Team America: World Police

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Sky: Every good team needs an acting expert!

  • “Without an expert they were like pigs to the slaughter.” – Spottiswood

Dusty: Be aware of what is behind your target.

  • Funny stuff blowing up parts of Paris when your intent was to save Paris, but c’mon!  Pay attention, people.

There’s no way to see through this disguise.

Dusty: No country should police the world.

  • Only step in when you’re invited.  Like giving another man’s wife a foot massage.

We love the portrayal of Kim Jong Il.

Sky: Difficult times separate the men from the boys.

  • Gary just couldn’t hack it.  But it wouldn’t be a great third act if he didn’t switch gears and jump back into action (with a dong in his mouth).

Matt Stone and Trey Parker on set with Sky’s prop.

Dusty: Don’t ever join a guild that has a horrible name that people can make fun of you. F.A.G.

  • Yeah, think about what they’ll call you first.

Dusty’s opinion: the best Matt Damon movie ever.

Sky: Don’t ever be a irritating, stupid, lowlife Matt Daemon.

  • JK, all!

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 80%
  • The Critics: 77%

Grades:

  • B+ from Sky
  • A- from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Knives Out.

Knives Out | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Knives Out was  a great murder mystery that up-ended the genre.  We loved the acting and the story progression.  It was surprising that Rian Johnson pulled this one off after making the disappointing The Last Jedi.

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Lessons Learned from Knives Out

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Sky: There’s always a lesson to learn.

  • That was a great scene and neat seeing how Harlan thought he was poisoned but then was still paying attention and learned a great way to murder somebody with morphine.  He even whipped out his notepad to jot it down.

Dusty: Be perceptive and pay attention to the world around you.

  • Marta (Ana de Armas) paid attention and realized that clues were left behind.  She smartly noticed them then worked to obscure those clues from Benoit Blanc (played by Daniel Craig).

What a great cast of characters.

Dusty: There are no such things as coincidences.

  • Every detective knows that things happen for a reason and everything is tied together.

Sky: Nobody responds well to ultimatums. 

  • Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) told Richard (Don Johnson) to tell his wife about the affair or he would. That’s reason enough for murder for a lot of people.

Great acting across the board from de Armas, Evans and Craig.

Dusty: Don’t do things that put yourself in harms way.

  • What a stupid idea!  The maid tried to meet with Ransom (Chris Evans) in secret to expose him.  He’s capable of murder!  Stay away and involve the cops.

Love that knife display.

Sky: Don’t talk politics at a party.

  • It almost always leads to an argument.

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 97%
  • The Critics: 93%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

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