By Kimberly Arzu, Senior
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
For Hollywood, 2015 was the year of remakes, true stories, and book-to-movie adaptations. And, there were many movies released last year that are definitely worth seeing. The most memorable film, however, was without a doubt Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A stunning continuation of one of the most beloved and well-known film franchises in the world, The Force Awakens did not disappoint.
There's so much to love about his movie, particularly the fact that you absolutely do not have to have seen the first two trilogies to keep up with what's going on. There were, of course, some details that only long time fans could pick up (like the sentimental value of the Millennium Falcon). But, what I loved the most about this movie is the fact that the main protagonist and future Jedi Knight is a girl. Rey (Daisy Ridley) is the very definition of a strong female character. She can fend for herself and doesn't rely on others to save her. She presents a great role model for young girls who grow up believing that they can't be strong just because they're girls.
If you've already seen the movie, watch it again. And again. Seriously. I could watch this movie every day. If you haven't seen Star Wars yet, find a way. As soon as possible. I promise you won't regret it. May the Force be with you all.
By Kimberly Arzu, Senior
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” is the movie our inner book worm has been dying for. This film gave Suzanne Collins’ insanely popular book series one final, perfect ending. After three great years, we can finally say goodbye to this riveting story of rebellion and discovering how much of a difference just one person can make. Well, with a whole army behind her.
The movie opens right where the “Mockingjay, Part 1” left off. We begin with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) trying to speak again after a tracker-jacked Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) attempted to kill her. Katniss does not allow this to phase her. She wants revenge, and is more determined to kill President Snow (Donald Sutherland) than ever before.
When Katniss finally reached Snow’s mansion, the Rebels attack and Katniss uses the chaos to get into the mansion undetected. In front of the mansion, Peacekeepers are using Capitol children as shields. Silver parachutes are dropped from the sky that are actually bombs. Rebel medics, including Katniss’ sister Prim (Willow Shields), tend to the wounded. A second wave of bombs drops, killing Prim and knocking out Katniss. When she wakes up, Snow has been captured and the Capitol has been conquered. Katniss soon discovers that the bombing, which appeared to be Snow’s doing, was actually President Coin’s plan, in order to sway those still loyal to Snow to her side.
As for Katniss’ reaction, that's for you to watch and see. All I will reveal about the final end to this thrilling saga is that those of you who have read the books, my fellow Tributes, will be very pleased with it. It very nearly moved me to tears, and I am not one that cries easily. Mockingjay, Part 2 gives its fans the closure we’ve all waited three years to experience. And with that, we can finally give our favorite Victors one, final, Three Finger Salute.
A Review By Kimberly Arzu
“Pan” is a live-action prequel to one of the most well-known stories in the history of Disney. The movie captures the whimsicality that made Peter Pan so popular and loved. Captain Hook is not a villain, but a very charismatic friend. There are moments that are so comically childish, one can't help but laugh. From Hook’s constant flirting with Tiger Lily, to Peter’s ridiculous antics, there are no dull moments in this retelling of a classic.
Levi Miller plays Peter, and does so flawlessly. He truly captures Peter Pan’s air of mischief and wonder. His performance outshines the rest of the cast spectacularly, except for maybe Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Blackbeard. Jackman plays the spectacularly cruel Blackbeard, using young boys as slaves in order to keep himself looking young. Garret Hedlund plays a young Hook, in love with Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara). Hook is an unashamed flirt, desperate to leave Neverland and Tiger Lily is a fearless warrior.
The movie opens with Peter left by his mother in front of an orphanage. She leaves him with a letter and vanishes into the night, never to be seen again. Flash forward to Peter twelve years later, cunning and adventurous. There is a war going on, a fact that is only really touched upon when a bombing occurs, which Peter takes advantage of in order uncover a hoard of rations, as well as his own personal file. In his file, there was a letter from his mother, which claimed that they would meet again, either “in this world, or another.” Later on, when Peter goes to bed, some of his fellow orphans are pulled up through holes in the roof by clown-faced pirates. Peter is taken as well.
The pirates whisk him away to Neverland, where he is put to work in the mines, digging up pixen. Blackbeard uses the pixen in order to keep himself looking young. It doesn’t take long for Peter to discover that he has the ability to fly, much to Blackbeard’s dismay. Years ago, a prophecy had said that a boy who could fly would be the end of him. This sets in motion an exciting chain of events, beginning with Peter’s escape from the mines, with a new friend in tow.
Throughout the movie, Peter only has one thing on his mind: His mother. Was this the other world his mother had written about? And if so, was she still alive? Where was she? All of his questions are answered by the end of his journey.
Ultimately, this movie is one to watch if you're looking to recall what it was like to be a child yourself, excited and feeling as if nothing could keep you from your goals. This is a movie to watch for fun, with friends. If you’re looking for a light hearted, non-complicated movie- this one’s for you.
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