Remakes of the original three Star Wars movies are inevitable. I assumed this was the case even before Disney bought Star Wars and started launching a million new movies. Remakes are nothing new in Hollywood. Tons of movies are remakes, even films you wouldn’t expect. Scarface is a remake.
So the idea that somebody in Hollywood was going to remake the original Star Wars trilogy someday down the line isn’t too far-fetched.
I just think Disney should do it sooner rather than later.
Solo: A Star Wars Story came out this past weekend and establishes the strongest reason why Disney should just remake A New Hope: Han Solo has been recast.
Between Rogue One and now Solo, Disney could very well be building a new Star Wars Cinematic Universe. There’s plenty of talk of an Obi-Wan Kenobi stand alone film, with Ewan McGregor returning for the role, as well as a Boba Fett stand alone film. And Princess Leia made a quick appearance in Rogue One, albeit via CGI Carrie Fisher. James Earl Jones is still alive.
Think about it: recast Leia and then digitally insert the new actor over the Carrie CGI in Rogue One. Then cast a new Luke Skywalker and you’ve got all the makings for a modern update to A New Hope, one that ties directly into all of the other Star Wars media that has come out since.
The Millennium Falcon of Solo and the new trilogy, with all its speed and swooping, is way way different than the Millennium Falcon we got in the original movie. If nothing else, that can be updated.
Some might call this sacrilege, but would it really be any different from what Disney is already doing by flooding the market with new Star Wars films? The originals will always be great, but if they really want to take full advantage of all these spin-offs and all these new and old actors who are still around, a full remake of A New Hope — and possibly even the entire trilogy — is definitely in order.
The pieces are almost already in place. Someone just has to make it happen.
Ron Howard was brought in to re-direct Solo: A Star Wars Story. So somebody at Star Wars decided to put him to good use with a nifty Arrested Development parody.
That’s good stuff. Easily my favorite trailer for Solo yet!
I kid! I kid! The trailer is pretty cool. Perhaps Solo: A Star Wars Story will indeed be an entertaining movie!
I am of the belief that we’ve already reached peak Star Wars saturation. And this is coming from the guy who loves every single new Marvel movie. Still, I just don’t know about Solo. Definitely going to have to see it for myself to find out if it’s any good.
Kind of like most movies.
UPDATE: Here’s the full trailer! My thoughts below remain the same.
I’ve mentioned this before, and it bears repeating, but I don’t care about Solo: A Star Wars Story. I find it hilarious that we’re 3 months away from the movie and are only now getting any sort of trailer, in the same way I find the Dark Universe hilarious. I just don’t think this was a good idea for a Star Wars anthology movie. There’s no improving on Han Solo.
But hey, here’s the Super Bowl trailer.
It looks fine. It’s got all the necessary Han Solo-y stuff in it. And there’s even a touch of comedic craziness. So it’s probably going to be a fine movie that we all generally enjoy in the theaters in a few months.
Fair warning, there will be SPOILERS later on in this review. Everything before the jump will be spoiler-free, and everything after the jump will have spoilers. I’ll make the distinction clear.
This is not the movie you’re looking for. Or maybe it is. Honestly, I think opinions are going to be all over the map for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For some, it might be a glorious return to that wonderful galaxy far, far away. For me, it was a fine and enjoyable film, but it wasn’t the be-all, end-all cinematic second coming that it was hyped up to be. Instead, The Force Awakens is a fun adventure full of familiar characters that easily entertains.
But if this really is the start of several decades worth of new Star Wars films, one after another, I’m no longer as excited as I was yesterday.
Movie Rating: 6/10 – Pretty Good.
There is definitely a lot to enjoy about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s definitely worth going to see, especially if you’re a Star Wars fan. The new cast all acquit themselves well, meshing splendidly together and with the old, returning cast. Harrison Ford’s aged Han Solo steals the show, with ample support from the legendary Chewbacca. The two of them on screen again is worth the price of admission alone. Lightsabers blaze with iconic glory, the Millennium Falcon is as great as we’ve always know it to be, and this galaxy looks like the lived in, wildly varied galaxy of yore.
But the movie is far from perfect. There are numerous plot contrivances that seem to exist solely to bait the fans’ love for the franchise. Several seemingly important characters barely get any screen time, making you wonder why they seemed like such a big deal in all the advertising. And worst of all, what really took me out of the movie, was the inexhaustible desire to callback to and remember the original trilogy.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens does not take the franchise anywhere new. It revels in the old ways, while presenting just enough new material to guarantee the endless supply of new movies we’re going to get over the next several years (decades?).
But at the very least, Han Solo and Chewbacca are pretty awesome.
Join me after the jump for my full review. Be warned, I really get to rambling a bit. And this is the SPOILER cut off. Read the rest at your own risk.