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.
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.
Happy Fourth of July, my American readers! I hope you’re all out blowing up a small part of your country today! I’m picnicking with the family and hopefully having a blast. My brother is in town, so he and I can finally have a face-to-face conversation instead of staying in touch via the comments section on my blog.
We’ve got some quality comics this week, especially out of DC. I’m finally buying a regular Superman comic after years ignoring Big Blue. I only wish I could say the same about Bizarro. I had such high hopes for that book. Marvel delivered a cosmic one-two punch with both Darth Vader and Princess Leia, and my humor quota is filled by another great issue of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.
Which easily wins Comic Book of the Week when Squirrel Girl takes on the Avengers!
Though it has some stiff competition from Secret Wars #4, which I reviewed over at Word of the Nerd. Secret Wars might be the best crossover in a while. I’m really enjoying the power and energy of Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic on that series.
Comic Reviews: Action Comics #42, Bizarro #2, Darth Vader #7, Princess Leia #5 and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7.
Good news, everyone! The Gamer Girl & Vixen Kickstarter hit it’s goal yesterday! I’m going to get to make my comic! Woohoo! And you’re all still welcome to head on over and pre-order your copies of Gamer Girl & Vixen! Big thanks, of course, to you Henchies you already have. You peeps are the best!
Meanwhile, I’ve got a mega stack of other comics to review this week! After last week’s super dinky pile of comics, and considering DC is finally done with Convergence, I decided to just go nuts today and review a heck ton of comics! I’m really surprised with myself…and may have overdone it a little bit. We’ve got Action Comics, Bizarro, and Green Lantern, as well as a whole bunch of Marvel comics to boot! If you like reading Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews, then today you get your fill!
Comic Book of the Week goes to that wonderful, that delightful, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl! There’s just nothing funnier!
Over at Word of the Nerd, you can check out my review of Secret Wars #3. That series is humming along nicely. I’m reading a few of the tie-ins, but none of them are in this review stack, unfortunately. There were just too many worthy regular comics to read.
Comic Reviews: Action Comics #41, All-New X-Men #41, Bizarro #1, Darth Vader #6, Green Lantern #41, Princess Leia #4, Spider-Woman #8, Star Wars #6 and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6.
This is a great weekend for comics! Not only is Avengers: Age of Ultron tearing up the box office (expect my review tomorrow), but it’s also Free Comic Book Day! And my own comic, Gamer Girl & Vixen, is only two weeks away from launching on Kickstarter! What a time to be alive, I tell ya!
Due to my seeing Age of Ultron twice in as many days, my review pile is a little light this week. Well, light in terms of number of issues reviewed. For some reason, I went on a real nitpicky exploration of Batman #40. You might want to skip that one if you don’t want to hear me drone on endlessly about why I don’t care for Scott Snyder’s Joker.
And skip right down to Bitch Planet #4, the Comic Book of the Week! That series is starting to pick up steam!
Over at Word of the Nerd, you can check out my review of Fantastic Four #645. It’s being hailed as the final Fantastic Four comic ever, but trust me, it’s not. The comic isn’t even written as a finale. The Fantastic Four will be back as soon as Marvel is done having a beef with FOX Studios.
Comic Reviews: Batman #40, Bitch Planet #4, Princess Leia #3 and Silk #3.