Movie Reviews

Benny's movie reviews:

Jurassic World (2015)

Jurassic World is a new movie that is a modern retelling of the old classic Jurassic Park movie. Jurassic World tried to live up to it’s predecessor and it certainly had a couple sweet things such as the Indominus Rex which is a dinosaur hybrid of T-Rex, Volosiraptor, a drone, the queen of hearts from wonderland, and George Bush. Jurassic World’s plot line is: a little plotline where things get set up, a little plotline where things get set up, a little plot line where things get set up, a little plot line where things get set up, a little plot line where things get set up, and nothing quite gets resolved. But if you can get past some these obstacles it is one hell of a movie.   

Seven Samurai (1954)

Seven Samurai is a Japanese film made in 1954 about a small 14th century village about to be raided by robbers and they hire samurai to fight them. The director of Seven Samurai is Akira Kurosawa, a very famous Japanese director. Seven Samurai is a epic film spanning over 3 hours and 42 minutes. Seven Samurai is a great film because even though it has expansive battle scenes it’s still a very anti war film. It is almost a long character study until the end. It explores every one of the characters and their relationships.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The Lord of the Rings is a very revered movie of our day and age.  The first movie “The Fellowship of the Ring” (the one I will be reviewing) won 4 Oscars. The movie (at over 2 hours and 50mins) is a modern epic with actors upon actors, very realistic CGI, and also superbly betraying the ultimate classic of our time. I especially liked Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, there was so much power in his acting of the wizard. I liked also the way they imagined all the places such as the dwarf mines of Moria, and the Orcs. Just every thing was superbly thought out. I liked that not everything was CGI and that some of it was real. A lot of it was shot in New Zealand so it wasn’t all green screen.    
Star Wars: A New Hope (Episode VI) – 1977

Star Wars is centered around a young man destined to change the galaxy by joining the rebel forces against the evil empire. The empire has created a super station called the Death Star, which has so much power it can destroy a whole planet in one blast. Luke Skywalker, the young man, must destroy the death star and bring back the Jedi, a group of knights who worship the good side of the Force.  The Force is the thing that holds the universe together, and works in and on everyone and everything.

I like the movie because it has such a grand, epic plot with compelling characters. No one is precisely pure evil or pure good. And another thing I also like is the diversity of all the characters. There are so many different species, droids, humans, and animals. The director’s world-building is stunning. It’s like he actually created a galaxy! The light sabers and star ships and space stations are the products of an imagination gone wild .

One thing that makes it such a classic – and therefore had such a huge effect on our culture – is that it takes all religions, stories, and myths from all cultures and mushes them into an epic story for our time. It has traces of the Buddha story (“the force” is a bit like Buddha-nature), Paradise Lost (Darth Vader is like Lucifer, the fallen angel), and Luke is also a lot like Jesus too. It also tells an internal story about our own battle of good and evil in ourselves and how we must chose between the two.

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