I remembered the negative parts of this movie being a lot worse than they really are, though they still bring the experience down for me a bit: the opening on Tattooine feels mostly disconnected from the main plot, and, like people always mention when this movie comes up, the Ewoks feel like an obvious marketing ploy clumsily slotted into a role that would've fit better with Wookies. Despite those two issues (and they're pretty minor issues, really) the main story…
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Every so often I get the urge to rewatch these movies, and while I sometimes struggle to sit through TV episodes uninterrupted, I have no trouble setting aside entire chunks of my day for this. Every time I find myself appreciating something different about the experience, and this time it was watching Boromir's slow realization of who and what he was becoming under the influence of the Ring. There's so many little moments where you can see his facade nearly…
The brand stuff wasn't nearly as bad as I was led to believe, but I could've done without the meta Disney princess stuff being so closely tied to the plot.
Not quite as good as the first and a little bit on the nose, but the emotional core of Ralph and Vanellope still works for me.
EDIT: forgot to mention that I think I'm officially done with seeing Star Wars stormtroopers in pop culture at this point