Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Episode V is probably my favorite in the original trilogy. Right now, it and Episode VI are kind of running together in my mind, but I know it’s in Episode V where Vader reveals he’s Luke’s father, which makes it an instant classic. It must have been a mind-blowing twist for fans who who grew up with the series. Episode V flowed really well, with the side plot where Han, Leia, Chewy, and Lando tried to escape. I don’t know. Something about it just makes it my favorite.
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Episode VI would be a lot better if it weren’t for the fact that a bunch of trained soldiers were beaten by oversized teddy bears with rocks and sticks, but Return of the Jedi is a good conclusion to an overall fun journey of Luke Skywalker and his friends. It’s especially sweet that Vader sacrifices himself for his son and redeems himself. Everything ends a little too “happily ever after,” but what can I say? I like Star Wars, even if I can’t get obsessed with it like others can.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Episode VII is probably the most overall entertaining Star Wars movie yet. It’s got the visuals, action, and high-octane fun of a new movie while maintaining the great characters and writing of the original trilogy. My biggest complaint is that it seems to recycle the story of A New Hope. The Empire is back, and it’s trying to destroy the galaxy with another oversized super weapon. Of course, it’s up to the rebels to stop them. The new characters are great, as is their development, and I’m more excited to see where they end up then catch up with Leia and Chewy and the rest. Oh, that reminds me of another thing: Kylo Ren is easily the worst Sith in any of the movies. He’s a cringeworthy crybaby that doesn’t deserve to weild a saber. Seriously, after he took off his mask and revealed himself to be an angsty teen, I lost all respect for him. Ah well. It can’t be perfect.