26 October 2010

May the force be with you!

Fanboys – Kyle Newman

The original trilogy of the famous Space Opera epic Star Wars has induced some of the best memories for many people from wearing the ridiculous outfits at Halloween to watching the films in a marathon night drinking away with friends. We all have our favourite bits and favourite characters; some may know certain lines or sequences in particularly. But i promise you, everyone enjoys Star Wars episodes 4 to 6. It’s a shame that can’t be said for episodes 1 to 3, the new trilogy. Featuring some of the worst acting, the worst action sequences and a large amount of off putting CGI effects, it lost its heart whilst stabbing the old fans in the back. Many of you may say that Revenge of the Sith was much better than the rest, and i totally agree but it’s nowhere near the quality of the original trilogy. And some of the memories are bad such as Jar-Jar Binks, the “death” like figure who came into the film and touched stuff which instantly made it shit. Or you could blame Lucas for thinking of money or profit and many other reasons. But looking at the excitement of the Star Wars clan making a new film about the franchise, many were hungry to find out more about the characters we love and to know about the origins of some of them. So here we are. Fanboys, a film about a group of friends who go on a trek to Lucas’s home to find an early copy of Phantom Menace. Throw in great comedic characters, some awesome Star Wars references, strange but hilarious cameos and a multi-character job by Seth Rogen, and you’ve got a great funny but hearty film about friendship without being too over-the-top.

Following the story of Eric, Linus, Hutch, Windows and Zoe as they take a trip across the country towards the Skywalker ranch to watch The Phantom Menace early copy. Eric, following given his Father’s car lot business and turning into an adult decides to join Linus, Hutch and Windows as they pull together to plan the trip because of Linus being diagnosed by cancer. Along the way Zoe and Windows realise their romance whilst they hopelessly make it to Skywalker ranch. Throw in loads of cameos from Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams from the original Star Wars films that will make you laugh along with well known actors and celebrities such as Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Danny R. McBride, Ray Park, Craig Robinson, Ethan Suplee, Lou Taylor Pucci, Will Forte, Danny Trejo and William Shatner, all contributing to a hilarious film that deserves your viewing.

And even having Seth Rogen play a couple of characters, he really shows how funny he can be just tearing up scenes and going along with the costumes and make up he’s clearly been made to wear. Defiantly a good watch with friends which will make you remember those Star Wars moments.


Simon Childs

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