Review | ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

It’s the end of an era. It’s time that we cross into the final chapter of Star War’s Skywalker Saga. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” has gotten a lot of mixed reviews. Some liked it, others didn’t really enjoy it, and some just thought it was meh. Now that it’s out digital, it’s time to review it because that’s the kind of guy that I am.

The force will be with you, always

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” was directed by J.J. Abrams, who also directed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and executive produced “Star Wars: “The Last Jedi.” It’s the ninth episode in the saga. Yep, there’s been nine movies. The cast from the first two films in the sequel trilogy return and reprises their roles. Carrie Fisher is also in this movie as they used unused footage from “The Force Awakens.” She passed away back in 2016.

The movie picks up after the events of “The Last Jedi.” Rey (Daisey Ridley) leads the resistance against Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and his First Order. The First Order got a little more powerful after a Sith emperor returns to lead Kylo to end all Jedi once and for all.

The movie itself isn’t bad. The primary thing that holds the film back is the pacing. It starts off high speed before hitting a roadblock in the middle and slowing down and just drags until the finale. The movie is 142 minutes, or two hours and 22 minutes. Because the central act drags, it just brings the film down. The central act is still short, but it doesn’t feel that way.

It’s an instinct. A feeling. The Force brought us together.

Finn

The story of the movie is still impressive. There’s just so much plot, and it directly ties all nine movies together. While the callbacks to previous films are good, it’s rather too much. Fan service for the point of fan service. It’s kind of like they decided to throw out a bunch of things just to tie up all their loose ends. And the ideas to tie up loose ends aren’t bad, in fact, they are rather interesting takes on it. I just wish they decided to use the ideas earlier on in the sequel trilogy.

The issues with the story have to be due to “The Last Jedi.” It wasn’t done by J.J. Abrams. They really don’t reference much of the story from the eighth episode, besides the significant plot. Even then, this movie undoes that so that happened. Frankly, it’s kind of a hot mess. It’s not an unwatchable hot mess but a hot mess nevertheless.

The acting is excellent, as well as the action scenes. They live up to what we all come to expect in a Star Wars movie. But it’s the pacing and the story that hurts “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” The ending is fitting of the Skywalker saga, but it could have had a more cohesive trilogy to end to it. I do recommend watching it as it’s really not a bad movie.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Leave your thoughts/tea in the comments below. Make sure you follow me on Twitter for more of that tea.

Advertisements

Album review| ‘Future Nostalgia’

On Friday, March 27, during the dark times, I decided to take a dive into Dua Lipa’s sophomore album “Future Nostalgia.” I had limited non experience with Dua, Miss Lipa if you are nasty. The only thing that I knew about her is what an anonymous friend who visits concerts frequently said about her; “She looks bored on stage.” With that being said, here’s my thoughts on “Future Nostalgia” by Dua Lipa.

You want a timeless song, I wanna change the game

“Future Nostalgia” is a Europop album that creates an nostalgia feel with the blending of disco and pop music together.

“What I wanted to do with this album was to break out of my comfort zone and challenge myself to make music that felt like it could sit alongside some of my favorite classic pop songs, whilst still feeling fresh and uniquely mine,” Dua Lipa said in an interview with Metro, “My sound has naturally matured a bit as I’ve grown up but I wanted to keep the same pop sensibility as I had on the first record.”

The entire album is just a joy to listen to from start to finish. The album is broken up into two sections: Track 1-5 is more upbeat and banger while Tracks 6-11 is more of slower tempo songs and have a little more deeper lyrically meaning. And it transitions between the two sections so well.

None of the songs are fillers and you won’t filter through the songs because all of the songs are that good. The album is inspired by music of artists that Dua listened like Gwen Stefani, Madonna, and Outkast. You can definitely tell that as she samples their styles in the song.

“Future Nostalgia” is the perfect pop album. Words cannot describe how well this album is. I’ve been listening to it non-stop and haven’t gotten tired of it. I brings on all the feels. I highly recommend checking out the album because it’s that good.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Leave your thoughts/tea in the comments below. Make sure you follow me on Twitter for more of that tea.

‘Oops!… I Did It Again’ turns 20. Feel old yet?

On this day, 20 years ago, Britney Spears released the singles that were frankly ahead of its time. Literally and musically. The first single off of her second album, “Oop!… I Did It Again” would literally take her to new heights and just be iconic af. So, on this day of its anniversary, I thought it would be fitting to revisit this iconic bop as I feel old.

I’m not that innocent

“Oops!… I Did It Again” was released on March 27, 2000. Written by the pop god Max Martin (look him up, he’s a literally pop god), the single got Britney her third Grammy nomination. It was a top 10 hit in the US as well as took the album to the same name to be number one and was the highest debut-week album sales by a female artist until Adele broke that record in 2015.

Iconic outfit

The song is an upbeat pop song that speaks about someone that is a player and is just playing with her boyfriend/girlfriend’s heart. From the start of the song until the final note, it just the most 2000s pop song. The late 90s until the mid-2000s just had this sound with it. The music has this robotic/Europop feel to it. It’s honestly hard to explain it, but it’s just simply the best.

The vocals on the song were everything. The little things that she added to tune to make it just pop out. It wasn’t until the live raw vocals leaked. Sidenote: if you haven’t heard the live raw vocal from Britney Jean, then what are you doing with your life? Honestly, I would check them out because a lot of them are just so good.

What most people remember is the music video. The video takes place on Mars. Her astronaut lover uncovers the album cover, and then Britney and her massive stage rise through the ground. She then performs a show for the astronaut and mission control in a red latex jumpsuit. The most iconic part comes when the astronaut gives her the heart of the ocean, the same one from the 1997 movie “Titanic.” Random af but just everything. Realistically, it makes no sense, but it was 2000. The video creation was featured on MTV’s “Making the Video,” a show that showcased how a music video was made and then premiered it.

“Oops!… I Did It Again” is just merely iconic and is everything that pop music should be. From the actual song to the video itself, it’s what most people think about when it comes to the early 2000s music. It’s a song that everyone needs to listen to, especially if you are a fan of pop music.

Leave your thoughts/tea in the comments below. Make sure you follow me on Twitter for more of that tea.

Inspirational quotes from Kesha

With everything that’s going on in the world, I felt like it was time for us to get some inspirational quotes to raise our spirits. And who better to raise our spirits than our queen Kesha.

Kesha has been through alot and it shows in her lyrics. What I did, in the style of everyone’s favorite new source Buzzfeed, I made my world-famous inspirational quotes from her lyrics and just a way they can get inspiration from it. So here’s some Kesha inspiration for you:

Your gym is closed? Some inspirational for another way to burn calories…

Use this time to experiment without shame…

Need some inspiration for standing up for what’s right? Here y’all go…

If you need help let the past go…

Here’s one for the strong independent queens…

If you are just crazy about your bae. Here you go…

People making you feel bad for being yourself? Here you go…

Did you get broken up? What a dick. Here’s a quote

Leave your thoughts/tea in the comments below. Make sure you follow me on Twitter for more of that tea.