One of the biggest hits, from the biggest movie franchise on the planet, and yet the Last Jedi is also very divisive. This doesn’t deter NEON as the deep dive reveals parallels with another sci-fi franchise Warhammer 40,000 and of course real history. Napoleon gets a look as do Ancient Rome. Perhaps the best scene in the movie involves Snoke and his Praetorian Guard and NEON compares the action of this fictional body guard to the real Roman one, who comes out of the comparison better? Add to that some dark facts about the Nazis and you have a truly epic episode.
One of the biggest movie hits of 2018 is about an African superhero. NEON starts with Wakanda and then shows parallels that stretch all the way back to the Middle Ages. It’s a great movie that full of fun and action, but also with an important message underlying all the bright colours and CGI. But NEON digs deeper, comparing the fictional country to a real, and fabulously wealthy, African Empire. Then showing how General Okoye had similar dilemmas to a knight living in the 12th and 13th centuries called William Marshal.
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