Is Star Wars: The Last Jedi Better the Second Time Watching?

The more one watches the same film, the more their opinion changes, or so I’ve noticed. You may like a movie better each time, or like it less, noticing things that you may have missed the first few times viewing it. Also, once you know what to expect, you can go into the movie with a suitable mind set and severely lowered expectations.

amazing spider man 2I recently discovered just how much an opinion can change when I watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for the third time. The first time I watched it…in theaters…I thought it was awful garbage, save for the 3 scenes Spider-Man was in it. It doesn’t help that I saw two movies in the theater that day, Captain America: Winter Soldier was the first I saw, about a half hour before ASM2. That, being one of the best super hero movies of all time, might have really crushed Spider-Man’s movie looking any good at all.

The second time I watched it, I was prepared for it’s disappointment and I actually found it good, though nothing great. This might be because I watched the other 4 Spider-Man films before it, and I find Sam Raimi’s trilogy to be far superior to the two newer ones, which may have shown me how lacking ASM2 was, much in the same way Winter Soldier did.

But the third time I watched it, I only watched Amazing Spider-Man before it, and this time around, I found the movie to be quite excellent, like an 8 out of 10 excellent.

So with this knowledge, I hesitantly bought The Last Jedi, a film that completely ruined a series I adored my whole life. What made me even more hesitant is that each time I watch The Force Awakens, I like it less.

So did I like this film more or less?

I would have to say more. And I didn’t watch it with any other Star Wars movies, where as the first time, I watched all 7 leading up to it. I didn’t hate the parts with Luke in it as much, and the casino scene didn’t seem as long as I remembered.

Do I like the movie now? No, not really. By itself, I have to say it is a solid movie, but when you remember it’s connected to 7 other movies, I can only just shake my head. When I remember Luke is acting so un-Lukeish, then those scenes become worse to me. But I tried to forget the other movies and I almost liked it. Sort of…

The plot is still boring, the lack of anything interesting going on is still annoying, but the movie is easy enough to sit through and that is all that counts.

Though there are 3 points in the movie that I swear the characters are talking to the audience.

star-wars-the-last-jedi_0The first is when Luke tells Rey “What? Did you expect me to walk out with a laser sword and face down the entire First Order?” Not an exact quote but something like that.

This feels like the writers calling out the fans who wanted to see Luke kick some serious tail with unbelievable Jedi power. It’s basically telling us to shut up, that’s not going to happen, and just for thinking that, we aren’t going to make him do anything and then kill him for no reason at all. So hah! Dumb fans.

The second instance of the characters talking to the fans is when Kylo is yelling at Rey to forget the past. He is really telling us to forget about the other movies and all the lore and characters and everything that the main plot of Force Awakens was built around and focus on Rey and Kylo and their relationship and growth of power. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!!

I sadly don’t remember the third instance, but it’s in there!

It is painfully obvious that the original characters were only put into the movies to sell tickets, and now they are killing them off as fast as possible. Carrie Fisher saved them the trouble of having to kill off Leia, but you can bet Chewie is probably going to blow up in the Millennium Falcon with R2 and C-3PO in the next movie.

But anyway, yes, it is better the second time around, so now I am wondering if third time’s the charm…

Ironically, though I liked it more the second time, I have even less interest in seeing Episode 9 now for some reason.

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Series Ranked: Marvel Movies (Avengers Universe)

So for the past 10 years, we’ve been getting like 3 Marvel superhero movies a year, most of them connected to the others in one way or another, all of them eventually meeting up on screen at some point. There are a seemingly endless amount of TV shows set in the same universe and countless movies from outside.

Many of these shows and movies are good, and many are not so good. Today, I am going to be taking a look at the Marvel movies set in the Avengers Universe and ranking them from worst to best, in my opinion.

So here we go!!

#19 Iron Man 2 (2010)

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I was hoping this would be one of the best movies ever made, since all the origin stuff was taken care of in the first movie.

Nope. It was crap. And the ending was unbelievably anti-climatic. The only good thing about this movie was it introduced Black Widow, one of the hottest ladies on the planet.

 

 

 

#18 Iron Man 3 (2013)

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Okay, so after two movies of barely having Iron Man in it, you would think they would shape up for this movie, right?

Nope. They might as well rename this trilogy Tony Stark, for he is in it almost the entirety of the time instead of Iron Man. Why bother making superhero movies if you aren’t even going to showcase them kicking butt and blowing stuff up most of the time? Though the ending is pretty cool this time around.

But the best part of the movie, I now just realized, is this poster to the left. Pepper looks sexy as heck.

 

#17 Thor: The Dark World (2013)

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So this is the first movie that I would not consider bad, but just…okayyyyy.

It isn’t all that memorable, but it does have a few good parts, but a disappointing ending.

You know what the best part of this movie is? If you guessed Natalie Portman on the poster, then you are right, my friend!

 

 

 

 

#16 Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

spider-man-homecoming-vertical1 I liked this movie, but it lacked so much that it really prevented it from being all that great. The villain seems to be just thrown into the movie for the sake of having a villain with no backstory or motivation whatsoever. He gets kicked off a job and starts killing people…okay…

Peter’s high pitched voice kind of gets annoying after a while, the fight scenes are all awful except one. Spidey is way cooler in Civil War, the whole movie is just focusing on Peter wanting to be an Avenger and him essentially becoming Iron Man .2.

But it could definitely be worse.

 

#15 Iron Man (2008)

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This is the first movie in the Avengers Universe. Iron Man, aside from maybe Spider-Man, is my favorite hero, so I was thrilled that they started with him. It’s an interesting movie that is fun to watch, but the whole movie is about him making the suit, only giving Iron Man two or three really cool scenes.

The movie as a whole is just okay.

And there’s not even a hot girl on the poster…

 

 

#14 Thor (2011)

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This is another okay movie, though it is highly more involved and entertaining than it’s sequel. It is enjoyable enough to get through, but nothing all that good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#13 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

gg2This is a weird one. It is highly enjoyable, but mostly as a comedy. There is some cool action in the movie. But really only Rocket and Star Lord are the only ones relevant to the movie. The others are just there as a romantic interest and comic relief. I just feel like nothing really happens in this movie. It mostly fleshes out Star Lord’s back story, thus making it feel more like an origin movie. But it is still excellent.

#12 The Incredible Hulk (2008)

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This is the first movie on the list I can honestly say is good. This was made more in the style of old school superhero movies, meaning it was a lot more simple with only one enemy and a few epic fight scenes. Though this was more well done, making both versions of Bruce Banner very interesting. The movie kept me intrigued the whole time, and kept me entertained throughout.

 

 

 

#11 Black Panther (2018)

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The brandy newest movie from the Marvel machine. This is a good movie, but it has so many flaws which dampen it from being a great movie. The motivation behind the main villain is stupid and out of place, and there isn’t all that much action. Somehow, the Black Panther was a way more involved character in Civil War and had better action scenes.

Overall, it suffers just as badly as all the other origin movies, though it is done a bit better.

 

 

 

 

#10 Ant-Man (2015)

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I wasn’t really into this movie the first time I saw it, but the second time I watched it, I was very impressed. It is very unique within the Marvel universe, has great humor and action as well.

Finally, an origin movie done right!

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9 Doctor Strange (2016)

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Like Ant-Man, this is another unique and truly good origin movie. This has some truly great action in it, which is what I am looking for! The story is definitely bizarre, but interesting. It is a very well put together film.

 

 

 

 

#8 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Just when I had given up on Marvel, thinking only movies with Captain America involved with them are good, my brother showed me this and my faith was restored. This is a highly entertaining, funny, unique movie, with plenty of action and other fun scenes. Very well done. Especially for an origin movie.

 

 

 

 

 

#7 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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What???? An origin movie that is absolutely amazing? I never thought I would see the day until this came out. This is what an origin movie should be like. It takes just the early part of the movie to establish how he becomes Captain America, and they also take that time to develop his character, so that most of the movie is action packed, and tells a great and interesting story.

 

 

 

 

#6 Thor: Ragnarok (2018)

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Wow, who would have thought…a good…no a great Thor movie. From beginning to end, this is a very funny and entertaining movie with great action to boot! I really enjoyed it!

#5 Avengers: Infinity War

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This is truly a spectacular movie with tons of great action and flashy fight scenes. Everyone is awesome in it, especially Thanos. He is truly a great character who makes you wonder if he is the bad guy, or the Avengers? The movie does suffer from an overly large cast however, giving only a little taste of everyone, instead of big awesome chunks of a few characters. Definitely one to remember!

#4 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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This movie blew me away. I could not believe how good it was, raising itself high above almost every other superhero movie ever made. Tons of amazingly choreographed fights, plus a crap ton of other action, and again, an awesome story with a great villain.

Oh and then there is Black Widow. You see her on that poster, I know you do. Mmm…

 

 

 

 

#3 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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This is quite an amazing movie. Great action, character development for the lesser Avengers, a cool villain and story…just awesome. Though it falls just short of it’s prequel.

And I don’t have to mention Black Widow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 The Avengers (2012)

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I almost cried the first time I saw this movie. This set the bar for what a superhero movie should be. Incredible action, good story and villains, and incredible action.

This is also the movie where I first laid eyes on Black Widow and fell in love.

 

 

 

 

 

#1 Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America Civil War poster

DANG! This movie is a dream come true. I was super apprehensive that this movie would be good, what with their being so many characters in it, but they somehow are all fleshed out, have a good amount of screen time, and are all interesting. But then there is the action. This movie is 90% action, 10% thought provoking story. This is the film all future superhero movies should strive to be like. It is perfect.