I have decided to review both these two ‘films’ together as they both ran the risk of ruining two of my favourite franchises - Harry Potter and Star Wars. One however is not a film, rather a play but they’ll be judged the same...Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
After hearing how bad this read, I completely avoided reading the script. However, when I saw some reasonably cheap tickets as a Harry Potter fan how could I say no?
I decided to watch both parts of the 4 and a half hour play on the same night, and it was certainly better this way. It meant I forgot nothing and was on the ball!
The first part of the play started quite confusingly if I am honest, after we had been introduced to the two protagonists, Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy, it had to rush through 4 years of their school life and I didn’t really enjoy it - which really worried me fir what was to come. However after this the story slowed down and this lead into some really interesting character development. The ideas that are implemented are actually fairly adult and refreshing. The play was going very well, and had some genuinely scary sections in it (I wouldn’t bring a child to see it). The beginning the second half however, I really didn’t like - although this didnt last too long thankfully. The real thing that makes this work though it’s the phenomenal effects. I genuinely don’t know how they did a lot of it and the duels were done incredibly - characters actually ‘float’!
I can see why people would enjoy this, but the thing with this is people need to remember it’s a play, and so it’s going to be a more ‘out there’ and humorous version of Harry Potter although I must admit even for me some of it seemed a bit silly or cringy. However the majority of scenes were incredible and again the effects - wow.
Overall I really enjoyed this, I may do a more in-depth review in a separate topic. The play has got some cringy sections but nothing that ruins anything, and I really want to go back and see it again!
Overall I give Harry Potter and The Cursed Child 7.5/10
time turners.Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I am also a huge Star Wars fan and someone who does not like The Force Awakens. So needless to say before this film was even released I was nervous. I avoided all trailers, and still haven’t seen a trailer, for The Last Jedi and based on recent reactions this was a good thing.
After the low expectations that The Force Awakens had given me for the new trilogy I went in not expecting much, and actually I do prefer this to The Force Awakens. However, to get straight into the negative, there are some terrible terrible terrible scenes in this film and I fully understand the ‘Spaceballs’ comparison - I’m surprised Rick Moranis didn’t pop up in some scenes honestly.
The worst offenders being Leia’s ability to survive in space and channel superman, and that god awful milking scene
Along with this I found the final 15-20 minutes so disappointing following the absolutely amazing scene before this. The story again I felt was a little lacking, and it could have been done much better - as in this film I’d say half the characters aren’t even needed. In regards to the humour I’m not going to go into detail because I think it’s pretty well known the humour in this film is fairly diabolical 9 times out of 10, although that’s not to say it’s not completely cringeworthy...
The beginning scene was really well done, and Chewbacca eating a porg was quite funny
That being said there were some parts in this that I absolutely loved, and have made this so much better than its unoriginal predecessor. The cinematography is glorious and the wit that has gone into some of these scenes is fantastic, this is supported by some great acting - mainly from the supporting cast if I’m honest.
Even though the Rose plot line was seemingly irrelevant, I loved it. Well her bit anyway, not so much Finn. The spirit Rose shows is something that I see lacking from everyone and it’s where Star Wars grew from so I really adored this.
Along with this certain scenes were genuinely amazing, with some reminding me of the chase scene in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 which to this day I love.
So as a whole is the Last Jedi the worst Star Wars Movie ever? No. Is it the best? No. The movie had so many little things I hate it in, from the comedy to the ‘predictable twists’. However, this movie is so pretty and well crafted that for some reason I forgive it, and it worked for me. This isn’t the Star Wars I want - and it’s walking the line of making it look incredible and a great story that Disney need to crack, and I would think about replacing Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy (although that’s another discussion entirely!).
Overall I give The Last Jedi 6/10
I think these two experiences have proven to me that going in with an open mind is the best way to approach these kinds of situations, although in the case of Star Wars I’m still waiting on something to blow me away!