James’ Games #22: Finishing Yoshi’s Crafted World & Starting Pokemon, Knives Out, & Jojo Rabbit

What I’ve Been Up To

Yoshi’s Crafted World (Nintendo Switch)

I finally finished Yoshi’s Crafted World! Everything that I’ve previously said on the game still holds true, now I’m just giving my final closing thoughts. I really enjoyed the ending boss battles and I also really enjoyed going back through the levels to hunt for smiley flowers. I might have even enjoyed it more than the main game. I think that Yoshi’s Crafted World is a decent introductory platformer. I think it would be most fun in multiplayer mode, unfortunately I played it solo.

Pokemon Sword (Nintendo Switch)

I am just barely past the third gym in Pokemon Sword. So far I really like it . It doesn’t bother me that not every pokemon is included. Everything after Gen 2 is all new for me, so when I think I’m seeing a brand new Gen 8 pokemon, there’s a good chance that they’re actually just from Gen 3-7. In the Gym battles, I like that you play a sort of mini-game before facing the Gym Leader instead of just battling 3-4 trainers. I’ve enjoyed my time with Pokemon Sword so far, and I’m looking forward to playing more.

Star Wars – Jedi: Fallen Order (XBOX One S)

I started Star Wars – Jedi: Fallen Order on my XBOX. I’m not very far yet but I enjoy the cinematic feel, strategic combat, and tough enemies. I’m looking forward to playing more, check back in next week to hear my thoughts

Knives Out (Movie in the Theater)

Last week I mentioned looking forward to Knives Out. This past weekend my wife and I went to our local Alamo Drafthouse, and saw it. Even before we went to the theater we had been hearing about how great it was. Even my mother, who hardly ever sees movies, went to see it TWICE. I was really looking forward to this movie, and it absolutely did not let me down. I enjoyed seeing Chris Evans as someone other than Captain America, and also Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc. I don’t want to give too much away, but I really enjoyed the way the story unfolded. Rian Johnson continued to reveal more information and pieces of truth throughout the whole movie. Last week, one of my biggest criticisms of A Simple Favor was that they revealed too much information too early on, making the third act of the film drag. About half way through the movie, I thought that I’d had it all figured out, but I didn’t and that’s something that I really enjoy about mysteries in general. I’d recommend seeing Knives Out in theaters, I’m certain that I’ll pick it up on Blu-Ray when it comes out and loan it out to a bunch of my friends.

Jojo Rabbit (Movie in the Theater)

I completely forgot about this movie until I saw it listed at my local Alamo Drafthouse. Jojo Rabbit is written and directed by Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). It follows 10-year-old Jojo Betzler as he strives to be the best Nazi in Germany. With the help from his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), he battles moral dilemmas, faces peer scrutiny, and tries to do what’s right in a confusing time for Germany. I really enjoyed Jojo Rabbit. It’s comedic while also being sad that it’s probably realistic. It monopolizes on the idea that young children will blindly follow leadership and believe nearly anything that they’re told. At one point in the movie, Jojo and Yorki (Archie Yates) are discussing how to find a Jew’s horns, or get them to breathe fire, or avoid their mind control powers. It all sounds ridiculous in the film, but when you take a step back I think it speaks powerful commentary into the effect that simple words and exaggerations can have on children. Throughout the course of the film we get to see Jojo question a lot of things, but it’s already too late. Roman Griffin does an incredible job as Jojo, he’s believable both as a normal 10 year old kid and a radicalized Nazi version of a 10 year old kid. Taika Waititi is very entertaining as Adolf Hitler, mainly because he plays imaginary Adolf Hitler, which is basically Adolf Hitler the way that a 10 year old Nazi would imagine him to be. I’m not sure if I would recommend this movie to everyone, but if you’re a fan of Taika Waititi or the trailer grabs your attention, I’d definitely check it out.

What I’m Looking Forward To

As the year comes to a close, the main thing that I’m looking forward to is relaxing and catching up on my game and movie backlogs. Specifically, I think I’ll finally have time to play through the Gears of War series and the Uncharted series. I’m also looking forward to the movie Richard Jewell, and Star Wars Episode IX, both scheduled for release later this month.

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