With Solo: A Star Wars Story hitting the DVD shelves this week I want to talk about the missed opportunities of the film. In many ways, it is amazing that Solo is as good as it is considering the trouble production history the film had. However, the film still feels safe as it ticks off all the standard tropes and key moments of Star Wars history you’d expect. I believe, with a one tiny changes, Solo could have been a much more interesting film.
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Last night I finally got to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. After the critical mauling the film received – with a score of 29% on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing – but this is unfair as there is many things to recommend this film. To give you a sense of what I thought of the film I gave it 7 out of 10 on IMDB and would have put it on a level with Ant-man on my count down of 2015 Summer Blockbusters. To explain these thoughts requires spoilers so jump below the break to find out more.
Having now written three blog posts about the trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which links can be found below this paragraph) and having seen the film today I feel I need to write a review. However as I want to go into a few bits in detail there will be spoilers from the break onwards. You have been warned!
After posting my article about Alternative trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens a few weeks ago I’ve noticed a few others in a similar style to the trailer above. The final of the three trailers is totally different but considering the opinion my friends have of me regarding Inside Out it seemed wrong not to share. However, lets’ start with the good stuff.
This week saw the release of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer and I wanted to write a post about it but I didn’t know what. It didn’t give me that burst of childhood glee that the first trailer did, although I love it, and I didn’t think that people wanted another trailer breakdown article of which thousands have already been written. Then Twitter came to the rescue with a couple of tweets from One Perfect Shot and SFX Magazine in that order. Find out what they were below the break.
Yesterday I again entered into the Flash! Friday comp, this time with a story inspired by the latest Star Wars trailer! The prompt from Flash! Friday was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland themed with the two of the following story elements required in the entry:
- Conflict: man v society; man v man; man v logic (not gender specific, and I made that last one up Just Because)
- Character (choose at least one): a curious girl; a violent, capricious ruler; an odd cat; an extremely ugly and angry duchess; a rude host; a man on trial for minor theft.
- Theme (choose one): childhood, nonsense, logic, justice, nature, death
- Setting (choose one): Victorian England, a dream world
I picked the story elements: a violent capricious ruler; nonsense and logic. I hope you enjoy the tale below.
On Friday the Teaser Trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens land. When I first watched it I couldn’t pin down my feelings on it. Now, after watching it quite a few times, it finally dawned on me what my feelings were. To steal a cliché from the world of football the trailer is “a game of two halves.” It helps that the trailer is itself 90 seconds long and the change comes about at the 45 second point!
Now I would suggest you watch the trailer, if you haven’t already, and then click below to see my reasons behind my clichéd description.