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20 Most Anicipated Movies of 2018

Now that 2017 is over, we can look forward to the movies releasing in 2018. There are a lot of movies to look forward to, and some that we don’t know about yet, but might end up being great. Here are my top 20 most anticipated movies of 2017 in release order.

Black Panther – February 16th

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Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther was one of the best parts of Captain America: Civil War, so naturally, I’m excited to see him in a solo film. The trailers look fantastic, and I can’t wait to see the world of Wakanda. Ryan Coogler (Creed) is directing which makes this movie look like it could be one of Marvel’s best.

Tomb Raider – March 16th

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I won’t lie, the trailers don’t look great for this movie, but it at least seems enjoyable. I’m a huge fan of the new Tomb Raider games, I’ve always thought they would make a good movie. I’m also a fan of Alicia Vikander, so hopefully, her performance can save the movie even if the story isn’t great. This could be a great, fun popcorn movie that you can go and have a good time at, similar to Kong: Skull Island from last year.

Ready Player One – March 30th

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Steven Speilberg’s next film is set in a fantastical virtual world, and visually it looks stunning. I can’t wait to explore this world and also see all of the references they’ve shown in the trailers. I haven’t read the book yet, but the story still seems like a lot of fun. Also, this movie could be a great “video game” movie that’s not based on an actual game.

A Quiet Place – April 6th

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After seeing Get Out, I know that comedians can make great horror movies. A Quiet Place is John Krasinski’s directorial debut, and the premise alone has me intrigued. John Krasinski’s character’s family lives in a house in the woods, and if they make any noise, they attract strange creatures. Previously, I haven’t been the biggest fan of horror movies, but after last year with Split, It, and Get Out, I’m paying much more attention to horror.

The New Mutants – April 13th

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Fox has shown that they are willing to take risks in their Marvel movies with Deadpool, and Logan, and next, they’re going full horror with The New Mutants. I’m just really interested to see a comic book horror film. If Fox hadn’t been successful with their last few movies, I would be a little nervous, but I have full faith in them to bring another great X-Men movie.

Avengers: Infinity War – May 4th

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If I were ranking this list, this movie would be at the number one spot. This movie will have pretty much every MCU character to date. Anthony and Joe Russo are arguably the best directors in the MCU, and they are great choices to helm the finale to this 10-year story. The trailer looks like an epic Avengers movie with possibly one of the better Marvel villains in Thanos.

Solo: A Star Wars Story – May 25th

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It’s a Star Wars movie, so it has to be on the list. Even though Han Solo’s backstory doesn’t need to be explained, Ron Howard as the director is promising. Also, recent comments about it being a gangster film are very intriguing. Let’s hope that this movie turns out great, and the controversy about the production is forgotten.

Deadpool 2 – June 1st

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Deadpool was one of the most surprising comic book movies of all time, and I’m very excited for the sequel. Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool, and that shows in the first movie. Hopefully, the ad campaign for this movie is just as good as the last one, and the Bob Ross teaser hints at that

Incredibles 2 – June 15th

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The first Incredibles is one of the best animated movies of all time and after 14 years many people, including me, still want to see a second one. Pixar can keep up a streak after Coco if this one is great. It’ll be interesting to see the Incredibles possible grown up, and also to see Jack-Jack with powers.

Sicario 2: Soldado – June 29th

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Sicario was one of the best movies of 2015, and it probably didn’t need a sequel; however, the trailer for Soldado made me legitimately excited to see it. Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro were some of the best parts of the first film, and it’s a great idea to make them the leads. Denis Villeneuve isn’t coming back to direct, but the trailer still looks amazing visually and Taylor Sheridan is coming back to write the script.

Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6th

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Ant-Man is one of the best MCU movies to date, and definitely one of the most surprising ones. Evangeline Lily was great as Wasp, it’ll be great to see her character team-up with Ant-Man. Peyton Reed is coming back to direct, and the MCU has been on a roll lately, so this movie is shaping out to be pretty great.

Mission: Impossible 6 – July 27th

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The Mission: Impossible franchise has been a lot of fun lately. Tom Cruise puts his all into the role of Ethan Hunt, which prevents the series from overstaying its welcome. Christopher McQuarrie is returning from Rogue Nation to helm, and I’m sure he has another big stunt planned for Tom Cruise to tackle.

The Predator – August 3rd

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I was nervous when a Predator reboot was announced, but when Shane Black was chosen to direct, I was much more interested to see it. The cast looks great, and the movie could be a lot of fun.

First Man – October 12th

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Damien Chazelle is one of the best new directors, and his next film will be about Neil Armstrong. Chazelle is directing Ryan Gosling in the lead role again after La La Land along with a great cast. Anything involving these two has the potential to be amazing, and after seeing Damien Chazelle’s past work I can’t but look forward to his next project.

X-Men Dark Phoenix – November 2nd

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This is the seventh X-Men movie and will be the thirteenth of the entire franchise. Simon Kinberg, who’s produced and written many of the X-Men films, is making his directorial debut with the movie. I’m at least curious to see what this turns out to be. The fact that this is the first film he’s directed is scary, but Fox has been saying this will be a darker, more serious X-Men movie, so I want to see their second take on the Dark Phoenix Saga.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald – November 16th

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Harry Potter is one of the most beloved franchises of all time, so when Warner Bros. brought it back in the movies, fans, including me, got excited. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was really enjoyable and a great introduction to another part of the Wizarding World. Hopefully, this movie will expand the universe, and add another great film to the Harry Potter series.

Creed 2 – November 21th

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Creed was one of my favorite movies of 2015, and I desperately wanted a sequel to it. Though Ryan Coogler can’t direct this one, Sylvester Stallone will be heavily involved with this movie, and many Instagram posts by Stallone suggest that Dolph Lundgren may return to reprise his role as Ivan Drago. Michael B. Jordan is great as Adnois Creed, and I’m excited to see his story continued.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck it Ralph 2 – November 21st

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Wreck it Ralph is one of my favorite Disney movies, and the sequel has a great premise. The first movie had many references to video game characters, and this one will have references to websites on the internet. The first movie was great, and Disney seems to have a great sequel in the works.

Aquaman – December 21st

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Say what you will about Justice League, but Jason Momoa was one of the best parts of that movie as Aquaman. James Wan is coming in to direct, and his horror experience could bring some interesting aspects to the movie. Wonder Woman was great, and Justice League was a lot of fun, so here’s hoping that DC can keep changing the narrative with Aquaman.

Bumblebee: The Movie – December 21st

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The Transformers franchise is one of the worst franchises of all time. I’ve only seen one of them (it was horrible), but many people say they aren’t good movies. I’m very curious and this movie because Travis Knight is directing, and he directed Kubo and the Two Strings, my favorite animated movie of last year. Also, Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena are starring, and they are two great actors. This movie is very interesting, it could be the first good Transformers movie.

What are some of your most anticipated movies of 2018? Leave them in the comments below.

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Top 10 Best Movies of 2017

2017 has come to an end, and it’s time to highlight some of the best movies of the past year. This has actually been a great year for movies, there were a lot of great ones throughout the year. I love every movie on this list, and just because it’s lower down doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. Also, I haven’t seen every single movie this year for various reasons, so there are a few movies that might have ended up on this list but couldn’t. Lastly, this is my personal list, your’s might be different and that’s okay.

Honorable Mentions: (Alphabetical Order)

  1. Coco
  2. John Wick: Chapter 2
  3. The Lego Batman Movie
  4. Logan Lucky
  5. Mudbound
  6. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  7. Split
  8. Thor: Ragnarok
  9. Wonder
  10. Wonder Woman

#10: Wind River

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This movie flew completely under my radar until I rented it about a week ago in preparation for this list. Taylor Sheridan proves he can direct a film just as well as he can write one. Wind River is an incredibly suspenseful film that pulls you into its setting through a captivating story, well-written characters, and amazing dialogue. Elizabeth Olsen is fantastic, and Jeremy Renner gives the best performance of his career. The two of them have great chemistry, making an interesting dynamic for the movie. Taylor Sheridan balanced story and mystery with characters to make a directorial debut that makes me excited to see what he makes next.

#9: It

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Read my review here! I didn’t think I would love this movie as much as I did. I’m usually not a fan of horror movies, but It had gravitating characters that made it special. All of the kids’ performances are great, they have bright futures ahead of them. Their relationships are what set the movie apart from other horror movies. Bill Skarsgård plays one of the best movie villains of the year in Pennywise. The character could be seen as over the top, but Skarsgård went all the way and created a haunting character. It is one of the most unique horror movies in a long time because of its surprising amount of heart and its terrifying villain.

#8: Get Out

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Get Out was one of the most surprising movies of the year. No one expected Jordan Peele’s directorial debut to be this creative and socially relevant. It works as an enjoyable horror movie, but when you peel back the layers the entire story is a metaphor for racism in today’s world. Daniel Kaluuya gives one of the best performances of the year, and Allison Williams pulls off a tough job because of what she has to do near the end of the movie.

When you find out what is really going on, the reveal is crazy and creepy, and I loved it. Also, if you sit back and think about the movie and look at interviews with the director, you’ll see how genius Jordan Peele is with his parallels between racism and the story, and also callbacks throughout the movie. I can’t wait to see what Peele directs next because this movie is terrifying while giving social commentary.

#7: Dunkirk

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Read my review here! Christopher Nolan is one of the best directors working today, and Dunkirk proves that. Unlike most war movies, Dunkirk is solely based on the experience. Many war films have character-based scenes during the quieter moments, but this movie doesn’t give the characters time to get to know each other because in reality there wouldn’t be time for that.

From the first scene, you are locked into the story and you feel like you’re trapped with them on that beach. Nolan’s directing is masterful, and if you saw it in IMAX you know how well he used the IMAX cameras. The story is told in a very interesting way that enhances the movie and adds another element to it. Dunkirk is a great war movie because it accurately represented the intensity and hopelessness of this one event.

#6: War for the Planet of the Apes

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Every trilogy needs a good finale, and War for the Planet of the Apes delivers on that and does more. Despite the title, this is actually a very character based movie. Caesar is fighting to protect his kind while trying to find peace with the humans, and you see some flaws in his leadership that make him a more compelling character. Andy Serkis deserves an Oscar nomination for his work even with the motion capture because every facial movement on Caesar is Serkis, and he gives a powerful performance.

There are also many themes about the inevitability of humans to destroy themselves through war, they don’t focus on it much, but it was handled very well. This movie is a satisfying conclusion to the Apes franchise and proves that it’s one of the best trilogies of all time.

#5: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Read my review here! Star Wars: The Last Jedi is one of the best Star Wars movies yet. Rian Johnson took a lot of risks in the story and the vast majority of them land. He took some of the criticisms from The Force Awakens and improved on those in The Last Jedi. They give the characters more development, and they expand on certain elements of the universe as a whole, specifically the Force. Mark Hamill plays a very different version of Luke Skywalker than we’re used to, and it ended up being his best performance of the character. The Last Jedi is the Star Wars movie I didn’t know I wanted and is a great addition to the franchise.

#4. The Big Sick

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The Big Sick is Kumail Nanjiani’s story about how he met his wife, Emily Gordon, while dealing with his parents wanting him to have an arranged marriage. Kumail Nanjiani is hilarious in this movie, he is a real talent to watch out for. He and Zoe Kazan, who plays Emily, have great chemistry. They didn’t seem like they were acting, I felt like I was watching two real people falling in love. There were some great themes in this movie that people of all religions can relate to about pleasing your family while doing what makes you happy. The Big Sick is the most charming movie of the year with a beautiful relationship that feels real and believable.

#3: Blade Runner 2049

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Blade Runner is one of the most influential sci-fi movies of all time, and also one of the best. Denis Villeneuve had a tough act to follow, and Blade Runner 2049 ended up being even better than the original. Roger Deakins’s cinematography is gorgeous in every shot, this is the best looking movie I’ve seen in a long time. The story is slow-moving, but in a great way that makes it completely enthralling. They build on the original film to create a realistic future for that world and with that, there are more concepts that have evolved to explore, which is what makes it better than the original.

#2: Baby Driver

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Baby Driver is fun and fast-paced, it never slows down and there are no dull moments. Edgar Wright made a musical without words with the music playing a significant role in the movie. Whether the beats are matching up with gunshots, or the lyrics are graffiti on the walls, he always tries to find something new to do with the songs. Ansel Elgort is awesome as Baby and so is the rest of the cast.

The movie has a great ensemble cast, even though Doc uses a different team for each job. Many people have problems with the romance between Baby and Debora, but I liked it a lot, it was really sweet and fit the style of the rest of the movie. Baby Driver is the most stylish and creative movie of the year, it’s it’s a lot of fun and hit all the right buttons for me.

#1: Logan

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Logan is a comic book movie that feels like a true film. It’s the first R-Rated X-Men movie, (excluding Deadpool) and while the action is bloody and brutal, the rating really comes from the mature themes in the movie. It’s really about Logan getting much older and what comes with that like his diminishing healing factor, having to care for his father figure, Charles Xavier, and him being a father to Laura. The action in this movie is what Wolverine fans have been waiting for, it’s very R-rated and they don’t hold anything back.

While the action is great, this movie is mainly character based, Hugh Jackman gives his best performance as Logan yet, and Patrick Stewart is Oscar-worthy good. Dafne Keen is a great new talent as Laura, she played a fierce character and was one of the best parts of the movie. Logan is an emotional end to Wolverine’s story about one of our favorite heroes becoming old and having to risk everything to protect a young girl. It’s one of the best comic book movies of all time, and the ending still makes me emotional after multiple viewings.

That’s my list! I didn’t get to see many of the Oscar contenders this year because they either weren’t playing near me, or I just missed them because of other obligations. 2017 was a truly great year for movies and I can’t wait for 2018.

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Star Wars Movies Ranked

Now that The Last Jedi is out, I thought it would be a good time to rank all of the Star Wars movies. Please keep in mind, this is my ranking and it may be different than your’sThis list includes all of the live-action Star Wars movies, including Rogue One, but not the animated Clone Wars movie.

#9: Attack of the Clones

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This movie’s just bad. It’s the only Star Wars movie that I just don’t enjoy watching, it’s just boring for the majority of the movie. The romance between Anakin and Padmé is really dry, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman have next to no chemistry, and Lucas’s dialogue doesn’t help at all. The CGI is overtly terrible and incredibly distracting. The story structure is messy, with numerous unimportant sub-plots.

They tried to pull off the aspect of Anakin slowly turning to the dark side, but it comes across as angsty, creepy, and forced. There are a few saving graces to the film, including Ewan McGregor’s and Ian McDiarmid’s performances, some lightsaber fights that are at least cool, and some of the moments between Anakin and Padmé are cute at best.

#8: The Phantom Menace

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I don’t think The Phantom Menace is as bad as people say it is, but it isn’t necessarily a good movie. Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson both to a solid job and their comradery is the best part of the movie. Darth Maul is a great new character and the mysteriousness of his master is intriguing. The pod-racing scene is well done, and the final fight scene is one of my favorite lightsaber battles of the entire saga.

On the other hand, Jake Lloyd wasn’t great as Anakin, and his dialogue didn’t help. Jar Jar Binks is a dumb character who just annoys the audience whenever he’s on screen. The worst part of the movie, other than Jar Jar, is the politics. This movie is full of Jedi council and Senate meetings, and they are some of the worst scenes in the movie. The dialogue is bland, and the subjects are always boring. The opening crawl itself is even boring, talking about tax and trade routes. This movie solidifies the fact that George Lucas isn’t a very good writer.

#7: Revenge of the Sith

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I’d say this movie is the most watchable of the prequels. My favorite part of the movie has to be Anakin’s turn to the dark side. Hayden Christensen does a surprisingly decent job, he’s less whiny and does a better job with the darkness of his character. Ian McDiarmid does a great job again as he is slowly turning Anakin to become a Sith Lord. The final lightsaber battle with Anakin and Obi-Wan is well done with the setting on Mustafar. Overall, the movie just works better, it has a more coherent plot and Hayden Christensen improves his acting skills.

#6: Rogue One

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Gareth Edwards tried something different with this spin-off, and it works really well for the most part. We got to see a closer look at the Rebel Alliance, and why they might not be the glamorous heroes we’ve thought they are. They will do anything to get their job done, no matter how dirty it is. The movie also has a grittier feel to it, and I think that’s what the Star Wars universe needed. It could even be described as a war movie with the battle sequences and the strategizing.

The reason it’s down at number 6 is that most of the characters are paper-thin. Felicity Jones is great as Jyn Erso, and her character is given the most background. The rest of the characters are good characters, but I wasn’t given a reason to care about them. Diego Luna does a good job, but his character is literally given one line of background. Donne Yen’s character adds the most to the universe as a whole, introducing the concept of non-Jedi who are still in tune with the Force, but he still has a lack of development. This movie a great fresh addition to the franchise, but the characters bring it down a little.

#5: Return of the Jedi

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Return of the Jedi was a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. Luke has become a Jedi Knight, and he shows off some new skills he’s learned throughout the movie. The opening scene in Jabba the Hutt’s palace is great. Jabba is one of my favorite Star Wars characters, the reuniting of Leia and Han was earned, and Luke was awesome as a Jedi Knight. All of the characters have great chemistry, and it was great seeing them on screen again.

The best part of the movie is definitely Luke and Darth Vader’s scenes. Vader is trying to bring Luke over to the dark side, and it all leads to the throne room battle. This is the first movie with Emperor Palpatine, seeing someone who Vader was subservient to was pretty menacing. The final fight between Luke and Darth Vader is my favorite lightsaber battle of all time. The entire trilogy has led to this moment, father and son facing off. I get chills every time Vader mentions turning Leia to the dark side, Luke goes crazy and cuts Vader’s hand off.

#4: The Force Awakens

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The Force Awakens had a tough job. J.J. Abrams had to make people excited about Star Wars again, while also making them forget about the prequels. He did both of those things, on top of making one of the most financially successful movies of all time. The movie feels new, but still like a Star Wars movie. The new characters are all great with Rey, Finn, and Poe. This was Daisy Ridley’s first movie, and she made Rey one of my favorite Star Wars character through her performance. It’s also just a lot of fun, there’s a really adventurous feel, the movie is funny, and it all creates a very enjoyable movie.

Harrison Ford did a great job of inhabiting the role of Han Solo again, and his character serves as a bridge between the original and sequel trilogies. I liked how he was the one that led Rey and Finn on their mission to get to the Resistance. Kylo Ren is a fantastic villain, he might be my favorite new character in the trilogy. Instead of recreating Darth Vader, he’s given conflict with the light and dark sides, which makes his character much more interesting. However, despite everything he did before, him killing Han Solo still makes me hate him. Spoiler alert I guess…

#3: The Last Jedi

 

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I’ve already written my review for The Last Jedi, and my full thoughts on the movie are there, but what I liked about it was that it took a lot of chances. It’s fair to say that The Force Awakens played it safe, so it was refreshing to see some things I didn’t expect. All of the characters are expanded on and get more development, especially Poe. Mark Hamill gives his best performance as Luke Skywalker in this movie, and his character makes some unexpected decisions. Carrie Fisher was great as Leia as always with some great scenes.

Again, Kylo Ren is a riveting character. They go deeper into his struggle with being pulled to the light side, which was a great storyline. The action is some of the best of the franchise, and so were the space battles. The Last Jedi goes in some surprising directions, but they make the movie different and new.

#2: A New Hope

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The first Star Wars movie introduced us to the “big three”, Luke, Leia, and Han, some of the most iconic characters of all time. The reason the movie is so entertaining is the characters. Luke has a great arc from being a farm boy to wanting to learn the ways of the Jedi and destroying the Death Star. Han is just a smuggler who just cares about the money, and he became one of my favorite Star Wars characters. The interesting things about Leia was that she was a damsel in distress that could handle herself. She was a female character that didn’t need to be saved constantly but stayed feminine.

The visual effects hold up after 40 years. The spaceships, blasters, and lightsabers still look good. They also used some practical effects that make the world feel more real and believable. Even though he doesn’t get much screen time, Darth Vader became possibly the most iconic villain of all time in this movie. James Earl Jones’s voice work made him a menacing force. John William’s score is amazing, the Star Wars theme is probably my favorite movie theme of all time. This movie is full of distinct characters, groundbreaking visual effects, and original ideas.

#1: The Empire Strikes Back

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I truly believe that Empire Strikes Back is a perfect movie. They built on everything that was set up in A New Hope while introducing new planets and characters we hadn’t seen before. Leia plays a major role in the Rebellion as we see on the opening scene on Hoth. There, we also see the AT-ATs for the first time and the method of taking them down that has been referenced. Later in the movie, Han and Leia develop a relationship which feels natural and isn’t a hindrance to the film. There’s a storyline on the new planet, Dagobah, where Yoda trains Luke to be a Jedi. Frank Oz created a unique voice and speech pattern for him that allowed him to still be remembered today.

Lando Calrissian is introduced as an old friend of Han’s, and Bily Dee Williams makes his character smooth and different from any other character in the franchise so far. Darth Vader gets much more attention in this movie than in A New Hope and with that, the Imperial March by John Williams is written. Vader gets to show off how powerful he actually is in this movie through Imperial power and in the Force. He especially shows off some skills in the lightsaber battle between him and Luke. At the end of that battle, Vader reveals to Luke that he is his father, one of the best twists in movie history.

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