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Solo: The Super Bowl Teaser Footage

Well, now that everyone has seen it, I guess I’ll put in my two cents on the upcoming entry into the Star Wars expanded universe: Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The second of the “standalone” Star Wars films (after 2016’s Rogue One), Solo will tell the story of the beloved smuggler and unwilling hero of the Rebellion, Han Solo (portrayed in the “mainstream” films by Harrison Ford, by young Alden Ehrenreich in this film), until his ****SPOILER ALERT**** death at the hands of his son with Princess Leia Organa/Skywalker in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Unlike some folks, I have watched this teaser footage/trailer exactly ONCE: when it aired during the Super Bowl last night. With all of the production issues that have plagued the film, I just wanted to get a sense of how the film was going to be. So here are some random thoughts about the trailer, in no particular order, followed by my overall opinion:

**Spoilers, obviously. Duh.**

– Who knew the interior of the Millennium Falcon was white?

– Donald Glover certainly looks the part of Lando Calrissian in his one second of screen-time.

– The visual tone of the film (based on the trailer) is dark: like, Lego Batman dark (blacks and very dark greys). Oddly, I don’t mind that at this stage.

– The Imperial Star Destroyer looks pretty bad-ass coming out that cloud.

– The exchange between Solo and the Imperial recruiter (?) seems reminiscent of the scene in Starship Troopers when they get their Federation assignments (“I’m going to be a pilot”).

– Chewie!

Overall, we don’t get a sense of the story Ron Howard has been left to tell us in the wake of all that came before him on-set, except what we already knew in broad strokes: that we will (somehow) get from Han enlisting, meeting Lando and Chewie along the way, leaving the Imperial Navy, and getting to the Millennium Falcon. And, hopefully, seeing a Kessel Run made along the way.

But, so far, at least, I’m okay with what I’m seeing. Let’s hope the full experience matches that.

Fingers crossed we can get into an advanced screening of this one.

See you in May!

Another Look Behind the Curtain – Hollywood Awards and Star Wars

Hello, everyone!

We had such a great time recording our review of IT the other day we wound up going off on a couple of tangents that didn’t really belong in that episode, so, lucky you!

You get to listen to us talk about movies, awards, and even segue  into a discussion about the recent directorial unpleasantness creeping into the Star Wars universe in the form of the directorial turn-over on the Han Solo stand-alone film and the just-happened “creative differences” between Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Trevorrow.

So sit back, relax, and have a listen.

And please, feel free to let us know if you disagree with us on any of this via Facebook, twitter, or the website.

Trouble in a Galaxy far, far away…

It was announced yesterday that the directors of the upcoming stand-alone Han Solo movie, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 and 22 Jumpstreet), have left the production, despite having already invested FOUR MONTHS in production (not PRE-production; actual production) efforts, including filming.
We could sit here and equivocate on the fact that both parties are using the “creative differences” schtick, even though Lord and Miller admit they hate that cliché (but who say it’s “true” for once), or we could look at another quote from an unnamed source that would seem to have a bit more importance to the casual, or not so casual, Star Wars fan: the fact that those differences included concerns that Han Solo is not a “comedic personality.”
I read that statement and I heard warning bells. The Star Wars franchise, for all its perceived narrative shortcomings and clunky, George Lucas dialogue, has never been accused of-or mistaken for-a comedic property.
The fact that this change of direction was pronounced enough to warrant a dissolution of the partnership between director and studios at this juncture is concerning. Frightfully so, in my opinion.
Production has been shut down for a few weeks while a new director is found and brought up to speed. Uh-huh. A hiring of this importance to Disney/Star Wars on such a short time frame?
A couple names being mentioned as replacement directors are Ron Howard, whose directorial resume speaks for itself, and Joe Johnston, who helmed the first Captain America film. If a decision needs to be made between those two, I’d skew toward Johnston, whose familiar in current Disney protocols through his Marvel involvement, and who will be asked to “fix” a film that is, effectively, expected to be a superhero-caliber movie.
Regardless, the trend of directors leaving productions due to “creative differences” is starting to get out of hand, forcing bastardized amalgams of movies into megeplexes around the world as studios try to play catch-up and do re-writes, re-shoots, and other creative gymnastics.
If a studio is going to invest millions of dollars in a film, the creative direction of the film should be clear during the hiring process of the director, not suddenly become an issue halfway through filming.