It was 16 years between Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace. And ten years between Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens. Now, barely 12 months later, we've got another live action Star Wars movie. So what you want about Disney, but they're really pandering to my childhood, and isn't that all we can ask for?
Some initial thoughts:
- It's got all the original sights and familiar elements that everyone loves from the original trilogy, which would be even more impressive if we hadn't already kind of had that in The Force Awakens.
- The cinematography looks beautiful, and WELL-LIT. So many movies these days are de-saturated and shadowy, as the director tries to replace the emotion of good story and acting with eye strain. This movie looks surprisingly bright and colourful, and I am unexpectedly pleased by this. Now please don't convert it to 3-D...
- I'm getting a definite Hunger Games vibe here, at least from the trailer. For one thing the young woman looks a lot like Katniss Everdeen, and her being recruited for a secret rebellion certainly brings familiar elements to mind. Are they going for a YA slant on this, catering to the Hunger Games/Divergent market? Personally I liked the Hunger Games (the books, I haven't seen the movies, though Battle Royale was better), but if that's really the angle I'm sure that's going to piss somebody off. Not that you can do anything these days without pissing somebody off. (see next point)
- We're going to have eight months of a certain segment of the population bitching about a female lead, aren't we? Nevermind that we don't even know if Jyn Erso is actually the main character or not, I've been around the Internet enough the last few years to know that this is probably going to be Ghostbusters all over again. I look forward to the day everyone can all just grow up and get over themselves.
Rogue One hits theatres December 16!
(Still not an A-to-Z Challenge post)