"The Last Jedi" Falls Short Of Star Wars Fans Approval

"The Last Jedi" Falls Short Of Star Wars Fans Approval

In a universe filled with peril, does the lack of depth drown out the plot and character potential?
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Yet again, the Resistance is in peril. Supreme leader Snoke, the leader of the First Order, is determined to eliminate the Resistance once and for all and regain control of the universe with the help of General Hux and Kylo Ren. Even with Princess Leia reigning the ropes of the Resistance, fighters are dying and no one in the galaxy has provided aid to these fighters. Without help, the Resistance is at risk of spiraling to a dreadful death causing the political power universe to be in jeopardy.

From “The Force Awakens," we were introduced to three of many main protagonists vital to the Star Wars trilogy and essentially the ones who need to save the Resistance: Rey, Finn, and Poe. Throughout the movie, we see these three perspectives played out at different ends of the universe trying their best to make sure the First Order doesn’t annihilate the Resistance. Their storylines in the movie all connect back together at the end and tie the movie together like a present.

During Rey’s perspectives, we see her on an island inhabited by none other than Luke Skywalker. After his seen failure with Ben Solo, also known as Kylo Ren, he shipped himself off to the other side of the universe shielding himself from the practice of the Jedi and anything having to do with political power in the universe. Rey is trying to convince him to come help the Resistance as they need him desperately and also came in hopes Skywalker could show her how to better handle the Force and her feelings.

Poe is stubborn and impulsive. When General Leia falls ill and is no longer able to be the general of the ship, she appoints Vice Admiral Holdo in charge of strategic planning for the ship. Having a bone for battle, Poe is disappointed and shocked when he hears the plans of Holdo and decides to take the fate of the Resistance in his own hands. Scheming a plan with Finn and Daisy, a new character to the movies, they create a dangerous plan that could possibly stop the First Order from destroying the Resistance’s ship.

Finn wants to save Rey. After being in a comatose state, Finn is awake and not only wants to save his friends from the fate of the First Order but also wants to prove that he is more than he was before in his past. With the help of Daisy, she and Finn set off a quest that will help the Resistance escape from the grasps of the First Order and help them figure out what to do next. This plan that Finn and Daisy embark on involves trouble, a hacker, and none other than our one and only BB-8.

Now that the movie has been out for a week, there are enough reviews to gauge the heart of the movie. Although the movie is 92% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, fans feelings on the movie are conflicted, a 53% approval rating, and regain on opposite sides of the spectrum.

Some love the movie. They like the introduction of the new characters and the personality they bring to the Star Wars movies. The comedy, the determination, and familiarity that it shares with some of the old Star Wars movies is nice to see again.

The picky and negative side of the spectrum hate the movie. From the lack of depth in many characters to the irrelevant scenes and storylines and the movie, many are disappointed in the buildup of "The Last Jedi." Why may this be? Too many characters and not enough screen time for all of them. Many of the characters seemed to lack a connection to the premise of Star Wars and were seen as merely "filler" characters.

Now while the plot is typical and slightly overdone and some characters should have had a way better storyline *cough, Finn, cough*, I think that this Star Wars movie was pretty great. The best one out there? Obviously not, but there were definitely some things that were unexpected and some connections between characters that I really enjoyed watching. Maybe I’m slightly biased because I absolutely love John Boyega and him playing Finn, but the movie definitely wasn’t the worst one out there from the Star Wars movie saga.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I say go and see it. Watching "The Last Jedi" or "The Force Awakens" is a great way to start delving into the world of Star Wars and get you more interested in the other six Star Wars movies that have been out for decades (seriously “Return of the Jedi” is magical). And, what better time to binge watch movies than during winter break?

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9 Eligible Princes You Need To Know About Now That Prince Harry Is Off The Market

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Prince Harry's royal wedding is officially over and there won't be another British royal wedding for quite some time now, as Prince George is way too young to start thinking about that. Fortunately, there are plenty of other countries with plenty of other princes that are still eligible bachelors at the moment. Lucky for you, I did my research and compiled a list of all the eligible princes you need to know about know that Prince Harry has tied the knot with Meghan Markle.

1. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (31)

Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

Fun Fact: He graduated from Richmond, The American International University of London with a BA in Communications. He can also speak Luxembourgish (the fact that's even a language is fun fact by itself), French, German, and English fluently.

2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

Ever heard of Thurn and Taxis? No? Me neither. Anyways, Prince Albert is from the House of Thurn and Taxis, which is essentially a very old German aristocratic family. He is the son of Prince Johannes XI of Thurn and Taxis and Countess Gloria of Schonburg Glauchau. His family is well known for their breweries and castles, so unless you're gluten-free, you can't really complain.

Fun Fact: He's not just a prince. He's also a racecar driver and 10 years ago he was ranked 11th on Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals.

5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

Fun Fact: Hamdan's hobbies include skydiving, zip lining, and diving, just to name a few, so if you're an adrenaline junkie, Sheikh Hamdan is the prince for you.

7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

Prince Hussain is the son of the extremely beautiful, Queen Rania and Abdullah II of Jordan and next in line for the Jordanian throne. At 23, he's already a second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces and he was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council Meeting


Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

8. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (19)

Like Prince Phillipos, Prince Constantine-Alexios also has two countries. Lucky for us though, he is also living in the US right now attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (like pretty much every other prince, amirite?) He is the oldest son of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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'The House That Jack Built' Is One of Many Films That Questions The Ethics And Psychology Of People, Including The Film Director's

Movies are everywhere today and the way that they affect different people, is interesting to see and understand. I mean everyone understands them differently, so it is fun to see who sees it how.

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The movie industry as we known it is changing every single day. There are new movies with different tales coming out all the time. However, we often applaud for the actors who did the amazing job in the movie, but it is more often than not the directors who come up with these amazing one of a kind ideas for people to have head- turning reactions. This then brings up the question of how certain films affect different people and whether or not a director should allow ethics to influence his films. For the influential part the perfect example would be the movie "The House That Jack Built" because the director makes it to an interesting level of gory that caused audiences of regular movie-goers to get up and leave but makes journalists stay.

It kind of makes one wonder how the psychological makeup is different for both.

To many, the answer to the second question, at least, would be easy. No, a director should not allow ethics to get in the way of his or her film because if he or she does, then the whole film could end up awful. There are also those few people, like me, who say that on the flip side, a director should allow his or her ethics to come in the middle of their work because if they do not, then it could make for a bad film for very different reasons. If the director truly believes that a certain sense or a certain part should not be part of a film, they should definitely take it out, because honestly, what you personally believe is more important than how others may judge.

Whatever your view is, every director is different, and that leads to the first question of how different films affect different people.

I mean think about it: a film with a happy marriage at the end could make you happy because you love that your two favorite characters got their happiness, but your friend sitting next to you could be sad and balling her eyes out because she is watching these people get together, and she has not found her person for life. These differences in perception are not just in the emotions that come out, they are also in those films that you cannot simply stomach, but you friends think are the best in the world. This being said, one very big example would be Director Lars Von Trier.

Lars Von Trier is a very controversial film director who reentered the Cannes Film Festival this year. He was initially banned after he said that he sympathized with the Nazis. Anyways, he reentered with what many have been saying is his most gruesome film yet: "The House That Jack Built."

This film has caused many film goers who went to go watch it walk out of the theater. However, when journalists went to go watch the movie, hardly any came out. When asked, one said, "That wasn't as bad as I expected." This was weird because the frequent movie goers had to get up and leave, but the journalist did not.

This is only one example of how a journalist's perception is different than the average person's perception. Another example would be "The Avengers" when the movie goers thought it was amazing and made the $1.5 billion, but out of the critics, only a few of them saw anything that was amazing and cool about it. It makes one think about the psychological mind of a journalist versus a regular human because of the way that they think, especially when it comes to movies.

In other words, not matter what you answer to the questions of how how certain films affect different people and whether or not a director should or should not include their ethics in their work. Each person is different, and that is not bad. Yes, I believe that the director should use his or her ethics, but it is up to their personal discretion. Lastly, it is interesting to see the different points of views for all movies; maybe it has to do with how ones brain is psychologically... who knows.

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