Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) PG-13

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(Spoiler Free Review)

In the newest installment of the Star Wars saga Rey is trying to get Luke Skywalker to return to help out the Resistance while Poe, Finn, and Leia continue the fight against the First Order.

First off I have to admit that I’m a huge Star Wars fan and my kids are starting to become huge fans as well. With that being said I have to say that The Last Jedi was done very well. There is a lot more action in this film then the previous one, The Force Awakens. Pretty much every moment gives an edge of your seat feeling with just a few spots to take a breath. Mark Hamill does a great job portraying a broken Luke Skywalker while Daisy Ridley continues to establish Rey as a hero in the Star Wars franchise. The computer graphics are done well. The Canto Bight scene gives an even bigger glimpse at the different species of the Star Wars Universe and everything seems real. There was just a couple shots elsewhere in the film where you could tell a character was digitally inserted. 

The film is rated PG-13, though this would be mostly because of the constant action scenes and some intensity of the have to have fighting. If you are not into much violence and hand to have fighting then you may not enjoy this. The violence level would be around the same as Rouge One, just more of it. I did bring the whole family and the kids all enjoyed it and weren’t scared during any part of the film. The film is 2 1/2 hours long so towards the end my youngest was ready to be done and go home, he is in the beginning elementary school age group. The older two on the other hand, upper elementary and middle school age, were engaged the entire time.

Overall I would recommend this film for families with kids in upper elementary school age or older. I would also recommend this film if you love action and sci-fi films. 

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The Impossible (2012) PG-13

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The film ‘The Impossible’ is based on the true story of the Alvárez family, changed to Bennett in film, while on vacation in Thailand in December of 2004. Their vacation was going great until the day after Christmas when an earthquake in the Indian Ocean caused one the the most devastating tsunamis in history.

Watching ‘The Impossible’ I was definitely kept on the edge of my seat for many moments throughout the film. While Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, as Maria and Henry Bennett, did an excellent job bringing you into the film, it was Tom Holland, as Lucas Bennett, whose character was the main star carrying the film. Between the intense scenes right after the tsunami hit to later in the film, when he was trying to help out others, you couldn’t help but find yourself supporting and feeling for him. As for the film itself the beginning seemed to start out a little slow but that definitely changed once the tsunami hit. From then on there was pretty much action at every turn, with little spots to take a breath.

This film is rated PG-13 and for good reason. From the moment the tsunami hits till the end credits roll there is hardly a shot where you don’t see blood, wounds, or someone coughing up blood. One example would be Maria when her and Lucas were walking around looking for help and you see a huge bloody gash on the back of her leg along with a quick shot of a bloody nipple. In another scene you see what Maria goes through as she is being pushed, pulled, and thrown around under water for about three minutes. (Several sources I’ve read about what really happened said that the doctors told the real Maria that she was under water for about that long) ‘The Impossible’ will bring out your emotions and fears for the characters. It’s not a film for young ones or those who don’t like crier films, but if you enjoy movies based on true events this film is a good, emotional, thrilling flick. I would recommend this film for adults and those over 13 who can handle intense true life scenes.