I keep wondering at times whether MoviePass will keep working whether on it’s own end or do like they did a couple months ago and pretty much never have a film for me to see. But it’s still working (barely) so here’s what I saw this month (not counting what I saw on AMC A-List: Five Feet Apart, Dumbo, Shazam!)
1.) Wonder Park
This fun animated film is the story of June, a young girl who through her imagination and mom’s encouragement designs “Wonderland” a theme park with wild and zany rides, wondrous characters and full of wonder an joy. But then June later finds out the park she dreamt up has gotten into disrepair and it’s up to her and the animals of the park to try and bring back the hope and wonder of the park. I loved this film. It’s a very heartfelt story with laughs and feels and tells a great story for all ages. I would put it in my favorite animated films of the decade hands down
Total films seen overall with MoviePass: 61
(Number of unique films seen overall: 59)
(Number of films seen with AMC A-List: 24)
(Number of unique films seen with AMC A-List: 22)
Everyone that know me knows I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I have been one since I could ever remember (aka a really long time). I loved the films, the novels, the comics, the video games, the toys, everything. I know the original trilogy by heart. I went and saw the prequel trilogy films opening night (well at least I and II while I was in college).
Fast forward to the sequel trilogy. I was super excited about The Force Awakens. I went and saw it like 5 times in the theater. Then came The Last Jedi…The most divisive Star Wars film and one of the most divisive blockbuster films ever. I remember the seeing first trailer and having reservations about the film. I thought “Oh it’ll be fine.” Then I saw the film opening night. And my reservations were warranted. It…was not a good film. Objectively and subjectively. It was not good as a Star Wars film. It was not good as the middle arc of a trilogy. It was…bad. To this day it is the only Star Wars film that I have only seen once and have zero desire to ever see it again.
On top of that was all the noise that developed from it. You had a group of fans that were angry and hateful about it on one side. On the other side there were a group of fans (as well as some media and people that work at Lucasfilm) that demanded that you love the film or you were racist, misogynistic, sexist, etc. It left people like me who were in the middle of all this feeling not wanted by a fandom.
So in the past year or so my excitement for Star Wars waned tremendously. I became apathetic to Star Wars. I did go see Solo and it was fine. And I was planning on seeing Episode IX when it came out in December but I wasn’t getting my hopes up.
Then the trailer dropped today. That trailer. It gives me hope. Hope that the things done in The Last Jedi will be fixed. Hope that the entire Skywalker saga will end on a good note, one that honors the characters of this fictional universe. Now I don’t think The Rise of Skywalker can fully repair the damage done by The Last Jedi but I think it can go a long ways to fix the major problems. But above all I hope that the extremes on both sides that screamed the loudest following The Last Jedi will put down their arms and come together to enjoy a film together, one that (hopefully) honors the story that George Lucas created.