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I Have A Feeling We Won’t Be Seeing Any More ‘Star Wars’ Stories For A While

Yesterday evening breaking news involving Star Wars reverberated through the movie world as reports of Lucasfilm putting a stop to their spinoff movies hit the internet. But those rumors weren’t actually true, as Lucasfilm assured fans that they’re not stopping the production of Star Wars stories but instead are focusing on other Star Wars projects in the time being. This is of course directly in result to Solo‘s dismal box-office run which showed Lucasfilm that people are not ready to watch two Star Wars movies within five months of each other, leastwise a Star Wars standalone film that no one really wanted in the first place.

Now, Solo actually turned out to be a great movie, instantly becoming one of my favorite Star Wars films ever made, but the terrible marketing surrounding the movie and its lack of enthusiastic fan base ultimately destroyed its chances of being a good film financially and to Disney money talks.

So, that Boba Fett or Obi-Wan spinoff you were getting ready for in the next few years or so may not come for a long while which is a bummer because I love the Star Wars stories. I love their creativity and I love that these films are filling in gaps to movies and characters that I’ve watched for years. The bad news about this Star Wars update, however, is the fact that it makes it more and more unlikely that there will be a Solo sequel which is especially unfortunate because the movie was clearly setting up something awesome.

The good news, however, is the fact that Lucasfilm is toning down our expectations for Star Wars movies which makes us more hungry for them when they come. Star Wars has always been an event and I think people like it that way. A lot of people don’t want it to become a busy franchise like Marvel successfully did with their films and I understand that. If Solo had been pushed to maybe this August or September, months that are ultimately vacant of big time blockbusters, it would’ve made a whole lot more money than it did. The fact that Disney wasn’t willing to try to make Solo work shows their lack of enthusiasm with the film as well so their decision to place the Star Wars Stories on the back burner doesn’t surprise me at all.

I have a feeling though, after this year and a half hiatus from Star Wars people will be ready to see Episode IX next December and I’m definitely going to be one of those people. 🙂

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you.

My Favorite Scene in ‘Solo’

Solo was the surprise blockbuster of the year so far as it blew away all of my wildest expectations and really boosted my love for Star Wars again. It was adventurous, romantic, funny, and simply a great movie to watch. It was easy to follow and left a giant smile on my face. But out of all of the incredible scenes throughout the film which one was my favorite? Which scene truly stood out to me in ways that the other scenes didn’t? Well, that’s what I’m here to share with you and I hope you enjoy. 🙂

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

The Yacht Showdown

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There were a lot of impressive scenes in this film, from beginning to end, but the scene that really was the icing on the cake for me was that final showdown aboard Dryden Vos’s yacht, First Light. I had just experienced the visually magnificent Kessel Run action sequence, Enfys Nest had revealed himself to actually be a young teenage girl, and Beckett was “leaving” to go find Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine. It was all up to Han, Qi’Ra, and Chewbacca who had this supposed “plan” to swindle Dryden out of the Coaxium so they could really give it to Enfys to fund the Rebellion.

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This scene had everything I wanted from the film. There was Dryden who has clearly become one of my favorite Star Wars villains. His debonaire look and cool but deadly personality oozed menace and had me on the edge of my seat as Han coolly bantered with him like the swindling smuggler that he is.

The room itself was filled with gadgets and trinkets that my roaming eyes couldn’t help but take in with a certain awe only Star Wars films can provide me.

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Should ‘Solo’ Have A Sequel?

Solo, while it did a great job at feeling like a solo (no pun intended) movie in itself with no need for a sequel there were several implications that a sequel could easily happen but after its surprisingly sluggish box-office run the fate of the standalone Star Wars films are truly up in the air, leastwise a Solo 2. So, should Star Wars still make plans for a sequel or should they let the backstory of the iconic Han Solo be? Well I, for one, would love to see a sequel for this latest standalone film for several reasons.

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

1. Jabba the Hutt

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In the final sequence of Solo Tobias Beckett says to Han before “leaving” that there’s a big shot gangster he’s going to try to work for on Tatooine. Anyone who knows anything about Star Wars knows that Jabba the Hutt’s territory is Tatooine. And then at the very end of the movie after Han and Chewbacca win the Falcon from Lando Calrissian they head into hyperspace going to you-know-where, Tatooine, to meet this particular gangster Beckett was talking about.

Not only would a sequel delve deeper into the relationship between Han and boss, Jabba, but it could also give us an in-depth look into Jabba’s criminal world which means there will be plenty of new characters to explore. We could get Boba Fett as a major character or potentially Sana Starros, a character that was part of Han’s life in the Legends canon and has recently been brought back into the new canon through the novel, Last Shot. Or we could see plenty of new bounty hunters and smugglers ready to welcome Han into Jabba’s gang of scoundrels or cause him plenty of trouble. Either way sounds awesome.

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The Ten Coolest Things From ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

One of my favorite things about watching a new Star Wars movie is seeing all of the new aliens, locations, trinkets, etc. and Solo was packed to the rim with eye catching characters, brand new aliens, and yes, more stormtroopers. I love it! So today I’m going to share with you all of the incredible new creations that Solo brought to the Star Wars universe that I happened to love the most. Enjoy!

10: Corellian Hounds

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Um…it’s official. Star Wars dogs are not cute. *shudder* These hounds were simply horrifying to look at…but they were so cool at the same time. Only in Star Wars would you see an alien hound as gross and magnificent as this and that’s why I love this franchise so much.

9. Mudtroopers

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With every new Star Wars movie comes a new rendition of the iconic stormtrooper and I am just impressed. How do they keep coming up with ideas for brand new troopers? I have no idea. But, Solo continued that tradition and I’m so happy about it. These Mudtroopers look so cool with their massive goggles and their mucky brown armor perfect for the conditions of the muddy planet, Mimban. Um…did I mention that I love Star Wars? 🙂

8. The Lodge

The Lodge

New Star Wars movies also mean new locations and once again Solo did not disappoint as it took us to worlds unlike anything we had seen before. The Lodge, a hangout in the location of Fort Ypso, is where Han first meets Lando and from the looks of this picture you wouldn’t even recognize it from the actual movie. In the film aliens and humanoids crowded the interior of The Lodge to the point of not allowing the viewer to really see everything sitting on the walls and so forth, at least not on the first viewing. In this picture, however, you can see the homey charm of this tavern and I’m glad to see that Star Wars still continues to surprise me with new places that haven’t ever been seen in the franchise before.

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‘Rogue One’ vs. ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Which One Wins?

With Solo becoming the second Star Wars Story to arrive in the Star Wars franchise after Disney acquired Lucasfilm it’s kind of obvious that comparisons between Rogue One and Solo are destined to be made and I am SO excited to see which of these movies I enjoyed the most because both films completely surprised me in ways I could’ve never imagined. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

There will be some MAJOR SPOILERS within this post just so you know. Thanks for heeding this warning.

The Major Characters:

Jyn Erso

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Jyn Erso was the main protagonist in Rogue One and I thought she was awesome. She was tough, resourceful, strong-willed, and she led her fellow rebels in completing a mission that was supposedly impossible to succeed. She didn’t take no for an answer and she fought against evil with every fiber of her being in the memory of her parents who never stopped fighting against the Empire either. I wish we could’ve been introduced to her character in Rogue One in a more concise way than jumping forward in her life to the point of her being in jail without us knowing exactly how she got there but the film was still perfect as it was and she was at the helm of that awesome movie.

Han Solo

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Han Solo is one of the greatest characters in the Star Wars universe because he’s so much fun to watch. He’s charismatic, funny, and he always participates in the greatest adventures. Solo was not an exception. Alden Ehrenreich took the character I’ve watched since I was a child and provided us Star Wars fans a different stage in Han’s life that was simply brilliant to observe. Seeing gaps that I could’ve only dreamed of knowing filled in through the movie’s various situations was so much fun to see and I’m glad that Disney found the perfect actor to portray the young rogue. I love Han Solo! 🙂

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Was Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo A Delight or a Disappointment?

I went into Solo thinking that I was probably going to enjoy the movie but that Alden Ehrenreich’s performance would slightly underwhelm the quality of the film, especially after hearing the mediocre reviews for the movie. So, as the movie began and Han burst onto the screen I immediately had a good feeling about this (see what I did there?) 🙂 Minor Spoilers Ahead!

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No, I didn’t see a young Harrison Ford lookalike, I saw something better; a young rogue living off the streets of Corellia with his beautiful girlfriend, Qi’Ra, and together they dreamed of escaping to worlds far away where they could live happily ever after. Alden Ehrenreich didn’t play Han Solo like he was already in his late 20s’. He played him like a young man who hadn’t even fully grown out of boyhood yet and it was awesome. We got to see the world from a young Han Solo’s eyes and got to experience his relationship with his comrades in a naive way that slowly changes throughout the duration of the film.

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A Spoiler-Free Review of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

The concept of a young Han Solo standalone film didn’t appeal to me in the slightest when it was announced to be the second installment of the Star Wars Stories. Harrison Ford’s Han Solo had just been brutally killed out of the Star Wars universe in The Force Awakens. Did I really want to know about him before we eventually meet him in A New Hope? When they announced Alden Ehrenreich was going to replace Harrison Ford as Han Solo my skepticism rose even higher but I trusted that Disney knew what they were doing and so I held on to hope. It’s been a long ride watching the few ups and many downs of the Solo project but it feels like it was all worth it, for Solo truly was the movie that I could’ve only dreamed for. So, on that note, let me tell you a little bit about the film (spoiler-free.)

The Story

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First of all, unlike The Last JediSolo: A Star Wars Story is not a complex story in the slightest and that was so refreshing. My first experience watching The Last Jedi was a whirlwind of “What?!” The Last Jedi was unlike anything I could’ve expected…and not in a good way. If felt like the movie was a giant pinball machine and the ball was just bouncing from here to there and then back around to over there. Every time I was really getting into one person’s story it ricocheted over to somebody else. By the end of the film my brain was exhausted, I had practically lost all investment in the movie, and I was just waiting for the film to end. It took me watching it a second time to actually understand and appreciate the complexities of the story of The Last Jedi and that’s not a great thing, considering that a lot of people won’t take time to go watch a movie they didn’t like again. Solo does not have this problem.

There is never a moment where the story gets confusing or isn’t as concise as it once was. And the situations never let down either. You can totally tell that the incredible mastermind behind The Empire Strikes Back and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark was behind Solo because it was absolutely phenomenal.

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