WatchMojo’s got a timely list of everyone’s favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder’s 10 best moments from the Star Wars Saga. WM does a really nice job putting together a highlight reel of Harrison Ford’s time with the character pulling its list from A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Force Awakens (nothing from Return of the Jedi?).
The list comes in the wake of Solo: A Star Wars Story’s pretty disastrous opening weekend. Adjusted for inflation, it’s the worst opening in franchise history, and considering the film was shot twice, Lucasfilm had a lot of money wrapped up in its second spin-off. Every franchise eventually has a bomb, but it’s usually a film that deserves to bomb. In this case, Solo was doomed even before The Last Jedi’s controversy that alienated a large portion of the fan base that traditionally whips itself into a frenzy for opening weekends. I wrote a column last summer, before The Last Jedi alienated me, begging Lucasfilm to keep Star Wars in December and to stop trying to put the franchise back in May, where it had traditionally opened under FOX. Even though it’s uneven, Solo is ultimately a good film with a really nice cast that sets itself up for even bigger adventures that we likely now will never get to see. I hope we do, but that would take some serious introspection on Disney’s part as to why exactly the film failed to connect. Hopefully they’ll take the lessons they should learn, let future installments breathe, and realize their mistakes. If not, they’re going to have a much more serious problem than a single Star Wars film that lost money.
Ok, I wasn’t going to do a post on these, but there has been such a flood of information coming out about the villain, plot, costume designs, appearances by old characters, etc. that I feel like if you want to know you should. So per our Episode VII spoiler policy, all Spoilers are after the break. THESE – IF TRUE – ARE MAJOR MAJOR SPOILERS. They continue the plotline started by Latino Review several weeks back. For what it’s worth, I think there are nuggets of truth in this that ring true and some things that just sound crazy or stupid that I don’t think would be the direction Abrams would go. I could be wrong, so I’ll let you be the arbiter of how much you want to know. So, one last time, SPOILER WARNING! Continue reading Star Wars Episode VII Rumors Abound, Villains Revealed, Darth Vader , and Han and Chewie are Flying a WHAT? *Extreme Spoiler Warning*
JJ Abrams has finally responded to the slew of photos from both Abu Dhabi and Pinewood studios that have leaked on to the Internet courtesy of TMZ the last few days. Tweeting from Bad Robot’s account, the director said, “I wish people would stop leaking photos from Episode VII. And making ridiculous claims that the Millennium Falcon is in the movie.”
To me, this is so droll that it confirms what we’ve been coming to suspect all along: that JJ is behind the leaks in the first place. OF COURSE the Falcon is in the film. No one’s surprised by that. Nothing spoilery was in any of the photos. The same new creature appeared both in Abu Dhabi and then in more detail in London. I think this is JJ throwing a bone to the fans by showing them that they’re building practical sets, using practical f/x and putting a film together that channels the Original Trilogy.