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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!

The Last Jedi – Revisit – Spoilers!!!

Very quickly, let me just say this episode was one I feel like we needed to do, not only to bring Jason back on board to get his thoughts, but to more directly address the reasons why we feel about this movie the way we do.

Ryan is still a 4 out of 5 on this one, and have listen to me and Jason spoiler this bad boy up for you as we break it down. Section by section, we unpack this so you can understand what we’re thinking as we roll through Rian Johnson’s vision.

No holds barred. Spoilers aplenty. Lots of language.

You have been warned.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know, but you’d better come with a why?/why not? with those.

Now, without any further ado, is our revisit of

The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Oh, dear. In a year filled with Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Wonder Woman, Dunkirk, and Justice League,  we are finally face to face with the sure-fire blockbuster movie all of them avoided going up against.

The cinematic juggernaut of juggernauts,

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Episode VIII, for all of you keeping track at home (or Episode 8 if your school didn’t teach Roman numerals), this Rian Johnson-directed installment of the Skywalker family saga has been eagerly awaited by fans since the the final credits ran on Episode VII (7) 2 years ago.

What could The Last Jedi do to top The Force Awakens?

What doesn’t it do? Or try to?