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Jar Jar Binks is None Other than Supreme Leader Snoke

by Emily Keen

Each time a Star Wars movie ends, it leaves a lot of questions unanswered which is a common strategy followed by most franchise films. Although Star Wars in particular likes to take the mystery game pretty seriously. This causes theories to brew up in desperate abandon. Just like the secrecy about the identity of Luke Skywalker’s parents at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope. We only found Luke’s father was none other than Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. The same went down with Rey’s parents before Episode VIII. The most fascinating theories however have developed around the true identity of the ominous Supreme Leader Snoke.

There is a faction of fans who believe that Snoke is “the Last Jedi”. While some others believed he is a re-embodiment of the dead Mace Windu or the Darth Maul because they were equally evil and menacing. However they are missing an important face of malevolence in all this concoction- Jar Jar Binks.

Obviously right now you are thinking “He is just an imprudent, racist filler character from the first trilogy”. Yet there are some fans like Reddit user Lumparwarroo who hold him in high regard as a Force user and Sith collaborator. The theory Lumparwarroo proposed goes on to suggest that Jar Jar Binks supported the Emperor Palpatine in his scheming. Another surprising disclosure adds an insane twist to an already bonkers claim. It seems Jar Jar Binks is a Sith master with immense power and raise a villain of evil proportions from a young child he finds. So that makes Jar Jar Binks even more powerful compared to Snoke.

This is going to seem hard to keep up with so stay with us!

Back in 2015, Star Wars released a book trilogy titled Aftermath. The trilogy covers all events that went down in Episode VI and Episode VII. The same manner in which Rogue One found a connection between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The last book of the trilogy reveals the fate of Jar Jar Bink as a street clown who entertains exiled kids from the Gungan race.

It is at this time Jar Jar Binks is approached by a young boy who wishes to know why Jar Jar Binks is ignored by all people. To that Jar Jar Binks replies- “Jar Jar makin some uh-oh mistakens. Big mistakens. Der Gunga bosses banished me longo ago. Mesa no been to home in for-ebbers.”

What is even more intriguing to note is how the boy is described in the book- “disfigured orphan” whose “scar tissue runs up from his jaw, over the hole that used to be his ear, and to the scalp.”

Can you recall a person with a similar deformity? That’s right! Snoke also has a pretty disfigured ear with a deep scar in his forehead. Moved by the young child’s regard for his feelings,  Jar Jar makes an offer- “My teachin yousa, pallo. Wesa maken the whole galaxy smilin, huh”

Now, we are not in complete denial of how completely thoughtless Jar Jar was and of course there is all possibility that he just wanted to teach the young man a few Jar Jar antics. But the theory makes us have a whole new outlook on the dynamic between Jar Jar Binks and the Gungan child. It is possible that Gungans, upon discovering his ulterior motives as a Sith collaborator banished him. The child in turn may have had some dark power lurking within him that Binks fuelled and gave rise to the evil Snoke.

Do let us know what you have to say about this theory in the comments.

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Obi Wan Kenobi is a Robot Clone?

by Emily Keen

As a Star Wars fan, you are well aware of a clone war. Given a choice between a normal human being and a superhuman, who do you think deserves a clone? No offense to humanity living outside. As much as I think, humanity is a marvelous creation meant to change the course of the world, here we need to consider an ideal option. And that would be a being with superhuman abilities. And in the Star Wars universe, the most powerful creatures are the Jedi masters like Qui-Gon, Windu, and Yoda.

So did they do it? Is it possible that they cloned a Jedi in the Star Wars galaxy?

A fan theory surfaced in the late 90s regarding the true identity of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It was proposed that Obi-Wan was in fact a clone. It is a much-debated hypothesis and certain aspects surrounding the character suggest it might be true.

First of all, the name sounds mysteriously close to something like that of a droid. Obi-Wan can also be written as Obi-1. A serial number only appears in the names of robot clones. Obi Wan’s name was later changed to Ben. I wonder what circumstances called for that change?

Try to picture a bunch of Kenobi Jedi army with lightsabers. That would be one invincible group of soldiers.

The question is what made the incumbent government initiate such a project.

Ben Kenobi was first introduced to the audience in Episode I. He has promising Jedi powers growing at an exponential rate. On sensing a kind of threat from the Trade Federation, the government acts accordingly to create a scepter army in the interest of protecting the Republic. Cloning is the only powerful technology that is powerful enough to save the values that protect their galaxy.  This brings us back to the question we asked at the beginning. Who do they clone? For mere soldiers would not be enough to protect them from the threat that looms over the Republic. In which case, Jedi is their only resolve. And that is how the idea of cloning of the strongest guardian of the Republic is conceived. All they need to do now is to select an ideal candidate amongst the Jedi whose abilities deserve to exist in multiple bodies.

Following this they seek out the sharpest among young Jedi. This hey shortlist a few Jedi youth, one among which is Ben Kenobi. He along with a few other gifted Jedi concur to be a part of the project.

The project leads to the creation of a vast number of OB1 or Obi-Wan Kenobis. But soon they discover that these Jedi clones have some glitches. They have a weak resolve in comparison to their hosts and can be easily manipulated. Besides the hosts tend to get overworked because they have to train multiple padawans at once. The said weakness leads to a lot of these clones falling into the dark side and joining the Sith. Imagine the kind of battlefield this would create had the siths pit the cloned Jedi against their hosts. You couldn’t stop but marvel at the magnificence of a Jedi vs Jedi battle.

Coming back to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Amongst the clones, apparently he is a strong-willed one in comparison to others and remained loyal to the Republic. He fought alongside the Republic in the war against the clones, faithfully serving his master Ben Kenobi.

As these battles continue, the clones eventually undergo mass extinction. Unfortunately Ben Kenobi meets his fate at the hands of one of his own clones in a battle. Obi-Wan annihilates his master’s murderer and brings along Ben’s body. In the light of these despondent events Obi-Wan withdraws to a smaller planet to find a safe refuge. He finds Tatooine as the best resort and finds himself home while Yoda goes to Dagobah. On reaching Tatooine, he puts his master’s body to rest and assumes his identity.

Since Obi-Wan is a spitting image of his master, he would have the least difficulty in carrying on Ben’s legacy.

Obi-Wan also brings along one of Anakin’s twin children (the male) to Tatooine. Anakin’s son is the only way of bringing the Force back to power. By guiding and training him, Obi-Wan hopes to honor his master. Luke is kept in secrecy with one of his Aunt and uncle on Tatooine. OB1 chooses to segregate himself until the time comes when he must start training Luke. He remains in isolation for more than 10years after which he reunites with Luke. On resurfacing again, he is addressed by his original serial number OB1 and he is quite surprised to hear it after calling himself Ben Kenobi for all these years.

Makes sense? Although this theory has not been confirmed, Lucas may have had this thought in the back of his head. Let us know what you think of this in the comments.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) marks the conclusion to the Skywalker Saga of Star Wars. Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron resume their journey with the power and knowledge of generations behind them. The narrative continues with the surviving Resistance facing off against the First Order again.

Releasing Date: 20 December 2019

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Is E.T. really a Jedi Knight from Star Wars Universe?

by Emily Keen

Fans have theories connecting Steven Spielberg’s E.T. to Lucas’ Star Wars universe. A theory has been doing rounds for quite some time now, that E.T. is, in fact, a Jedi Knight.

It’s a well-known fact that Lucas and Spielberg went to the same film school and share a strong friendship and have even collaborated on projects. Apart from individual success in each of their careers, they got together to give us the Indiana Jones franchise. Besides joint ventures, they even gave each other stakes in projects. Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind got Lucas a stake and the latter’s Star Wars shares a stake with the former.

Given the bond they share, it is rather obvious that they discuss and share opinions on creative matters. And E.T. is no different. Besides, E.T. has at least two Star Wars references. Don’t shock yourself just yet!

Because that isn’t it!

The first is the obvious trick-or-treater dressed as Yoda. The second may sound like a ‘no big deal kind of pop culture reference’ happening in movies all the time. It is Elliott playing with Star Wars figures.

Now some would argue that it was the most basic scene that was important to introduce the story. And given the popularity of the Star Wars franchise, there is rather no other reference that would fit in perfectly.

Agreed!

But then there is a strong fundamental link that adds weight to our claims.

Remember the delegates of the Galactic Senate who appeared in the 1999 Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace?  Can you argue that they are not the same species as E.T.?

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Pointless isn’t it?

We all know the legendary Yoda who addressed the chamber!

Events from the Star Wars chapter one are far behind in the past. But the great Yoda will be remembered and spoken about in years to come. Although we do not know what species he belongs to.

The trick-or-treater scene of a boy dressed as Yoda is fuelling notions that E.T. knows who Yoda is. Why else would he mumble ‘Home’ and try to go towards the human who is only there pulling up cosplay?

In 1982, this could be considered an Easter Egg. But since the release of Phantom Menace, the arc attained a whole new perspective. It was definite proof that the delegates of the Galactic Senate might share a common origin with E.T. We all know, Jedi Knights come from different species. So why would it be wrong to assume that little E.T. did harbor the power of the Force?

Especially after looking at this:

So kids from the 80s have something to boast now! You knew about the existence of a Jedi Knight long before they were officially introduced to the world. How cool is that?

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This Is What GOT Creators Had Planned For Their Star Wars Trilogy

by Kaylen Summers

Star Wars fans will be having a sad weekend this time around. With David Benioff and D.B. Weiss officially exiting their deal with Disney, we won’t be seeing any Star Wars trilogy from the Game of Thrones showrunners as promised.

Initially, it was reported the two will be developing on the Jedi origin story. Fans had speculated that the pair would be developing the Knights of the Old Republic storyline. However, recent reveals are showing that they were intending on going even further back in the official canon to explore how the Jedi came to exist. Guess, we will not be seeing the secret of the Jedi’s origin anytime soon.

Even though Benioff and Weiss’ Star Wars trilogy was canceled, not much about its possible connections to the current sequel trilogy is out yet. Some fans are theorizing that there are chances for their story arc to be linked to the Jedi Temple on Ahch-To. Also, it actually unclear how far they were in the writing process before exiting from the project.

Rumors circulating are stating that it was the massive $250 million deal with Netflix that put an end to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ association with Lucasfilm. With such a huge deal already in their pockets, it was most obvious that the pair would never be able to get the time from the studios to properly develop a new trilogy. Despite that, Disney was not liking the Netflix deal from the beginning.

However, it is not the first time Lucasfilm has let go of a director in the past years. Before David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, other directors like Phil Lord, Colin Trevorrow, Chris Miller, and Josh Trank have had similar experiences with the studio.

Considering the ‘toxic fandom’ and heavily divisive final season of Game of Thrones, Lucasfilm might have become nervous about giving over the project to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Whatever the case may be, the deal is now officially off.

Fans, on the other hand, are looking for new stories with the Skywalker Saga ending this year with The Rise of Skywalker. Whether or not the studios will be able to bring such a story to the table needs to be seen.

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Star War’s Lands in a Pit of Uncertainty Yet Again

by Emily Keen

The future of the Star Wars franchise is still on the fence. With GOT creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff exiting the project, fans are left to wonder how and where the brand will progress from here on.

Kevin Feige is set to produce a Star Wars film but that won’t happen any time soon since the Marvel studios honcho is busy with MCU projects. Feige who has led the Marvel universe on a sensational journey with multiple billion-dollar products was rumored to probably take over Lucasfilm. But a recent report from ‘Variety’ dismissed the rumors of Feige attaining any big role at Lucasfilm.

Besides, the Star Wars Franchise is a solid brand in itself and needs not to worry about the effects of organizational level mishaps. Each film in the universe aside from Star Wars: Solo Story has grossed over $1 billion global collections.

Also, creators leaving a project is not entirely an alien situation for the franchise. Remember when Colin Trevorrow and Josh Trank left their Star Wars projects even before they started? Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s unforeseen exit from the Han Solo-centric feature was almost an upheaval of stellar proportions.

In a recent report, Variety cleared some facts on the unfortunate situation the creators and makers were trapped in and how the Ron Howard did the unthinkable by filling in the last moment.

The duo viewed the project as an opportunity to weave a fresh and unique concept that sets it apart from the other franchise films and not just make it a fan service affair. Lucasfilm, however, was not in for all the improvisation and risk-taking. Where everyone was looking forward to a Lord-and-Miller-directed Han Solo feature, the duo had a hard time coming up with a vision for the film that harmonized with the outlook of the studio. Extensive experimentation and uncertainty caused the film’s production to be delayed thus inviting a situation wherein no other option was left for the two rather than to leave the franchise.

The studio ultimately brought in Howard who shot 70 percent of the final feature and delivered the $250M film right in time for its Memorial Day release.

It looks like Benioff and Weiss’ departing situation is much better than that of Miller and Lord’s retreat. Obviously, because the project has not begun any production.

As reported by Variety “The departure of the two [David Benioff, D.B. Weiss] likely sends the studio back to the drawing board with the future of the series more uncertain than it has been since Disney closed its $4 billion deal for Lucasfilm in 2012.”

But given Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilms’ expertise in handling the status quo, the franchise definitely seems in safe hands. Although they don’t have much time with the release of the last film of Skywalker Saga closing in. The fact that they do need a comprehensive strategy for future-proofing the brand is inevitable.

The last chapter of the Skywalker trilogy is all set for release on December 20th, 2019.

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Game of Thrones Creators Drop Star Wars Trilogy Project

by Emily Keen

David Benioff and Dan Weiss have chosen to walk away from the upcoming Star Wars Trilogy. The Game of Throne creators juggled a $200 M deal with Netflix and realized it was not possible to do justice to both projects in the given time frame. 

The duo had entered an agreement with Disney Lucasfilm to write and produce the project. The official announcement of the deal came in February 2018. But earlier this year, when GOT was almost ready for its final showdown, ‘Deadline’ found out that the duo were being approached by as many as 6 film studios.

The pair finally closed a $200 M deal to write, produce and direct a venture for Netflix. 

Benioff and Weiss acknowledged in a public statement that it would not be fair for more than one project to be handled in such tight frames. 

“There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects,” they said in a statement to Deadline on Tuesday. “So we are regretfully stepping away.”

“We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too. Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything.”

Kathleen Kenedy, Lucasfilm President said in his statement: “David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers. We hope to include them in the journey forward when they are able to step away from their busy schedule to focus on Star Wars.”

No comments were made on as to what the future of this trilogy would be, but that need not concern Star Wars fans. A different trilogy from Rian Johnson is already on charts of Lucasfilm along with other releases in the Franchise. These include Kevin Feige’s film, Disney + live-action series Mandalorian and the return of Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming Disney + series. 

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) marks the conclusion to the Skywalker Saga of Star Wars. Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron resume their journey with the power and knowledge of generations behind them. The narrative continues with the surviving Resistance facing off against the First Order again.

Releasing Date: 20 December 2019

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Here Are Some New Promo Art For New Star Wars Movie

by Kaylen Summers

The promotions for The Rise of Skywalker is underway, as Triple Force Friday is all set to take place next week. However, fans got a surprising tease long before the event itself, with an official look at Rey’s repaired Lightsaber from the upcoming movie.

Though there were a lot of rumors around Rey’s lightsaber, the newly released images give fans something of a confirmed look at what to expect from the upcoming movie. Originally, Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber was broken by Rey and Kylo Ren during their battle in The Last Jedi. But now, it seems like the blue Lightsaber is returning back to action, with a new band of metal holding the two pieces together.

It was in the Triple Force Friday launch event that the Lightsaber prop was on display, with an official caption: “Re-forged Skywalker Lightsaber.” It is confirmed that The Rise of Skywalker will see “Rey [carring] the Lightsaber once belonging to Anakin and Luke Skywalker, its shattered pieces reunited, as she continues down the Jedi path.”

There were also other treats present- including promotional images from The Rise of Skywalker, a poster which originally got leaked months ago and some previously released art that gives a good look at Kylo Ren’s repaired helmet as well.

Though we need to wait a little longer to see the new Star Wars installment, you can check out the new promo images and the “Re-forged Skywalker Lightsaber” below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Most Iconic Star Wars Characters That You Often Forget

by Kaylen Summers

The Star Wars Universe is perhaps the best thing to come out of Hollywood over the decades.  George Lucas’ story of a young man, an evil Empire, and a galaxy far, far away has captured the imaginations of a generation who grew up on that original trilogy, and later the younger viewers with its prequels, sequels and other canonical spin-offs.

The Star Wars stories are vast and teeming with characters. With room for even more characters to fill, it is normal for anyone to miss out on some of their iconic characters. From the greatest Jedis and Jabba sidekicks to loyal ‘bots and extraterrestrial louts, there are many cool characters that we often forget.  However, we have taken it upon ourselves to freshen up your memories. Here is the list for the 13 most iconic Star Wars characters we often forget. May the force be with you, always!!

Lando Calrissian

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Don’t underestimate Lando by his silk shirt, the matching cape, and the easy smile. This smooth-talking smuggler changed from being a get-rich-quick schemer to a selfless leader in the fight against the Empire. The character portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. However, Donald Glover played the younger version of the character in the standalone Han Solo Star Wars movie.

C-3PO

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Built by the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker, C-3PO is a droid programmed for etiquette and protocol. He is fluent in over seven million forms of communication and a constant companion to astromech R2-D2. Over the year, this metal worrywart has been involved in many great Star Wars battles and has become an inevitable part of the Star Wars Saga.

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How the hell did he end up in this list, right?! Well, it seems like some people forget him a lot too. Obi-Wan Kenobi is a Jedi Knight who personifies the patience, wisdom, and discipline required to harness the Force. This legendary Jedi Master trained Anakin Skywalker, served as a general in the Republic Army during the Clone Wars, and guided Luke Skywalker as a mentor.

Darth Maul

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A man of few words, Darth Maul is a deadly, agile Sith Lord trained by the evil Darth Sidious. When it comes lightsabers, this guy literally broke the mould and introduced the double-bladed weapon into the Star Wars universe. Now you know where Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens got the inspiration for his cross-sword beam. But jokes apart, Darth is one evil dude you don’t want to mess around with. George Lucas has described the big bad of The Phantom Menace as “a figure from one of his darkest nightmares.”

R2-D2

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Appearing in nine of the ten Star Wars films to date, R2-D2 has been a major character of the franchise. The droid robot was a brave and trustful companion to many including C-3PO, Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, and even Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Chewbacca

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Nicknamed “Chewie”, Chewbacca is a tall, hirsute biped and intelligent species from the planet Kashyyyk. Over the years we have seen him do everything from being an engineer, warrior, slave, smuggler to even a rebel hero. But, he is best known to Star Wars fans as a loyal friend and first mate of Han Solo. He also serves as co-pilot on Solo’s spaceship, the Millennium Falcon.

Boba Fett

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He is the most feared bounty hunter in the Star Wars franchise. Wearing his iconic customized Mandalorian armor and deadly weaponry, Boba Fett first appeared in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), in which he was hired by Darth Vader to capture Han Solo. The prequel film Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) establishes his origin as a clone of bounty hunter Jango Fett who raised him as his son.

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Top 10 Best Trailers from SDCC 2018

by Utkarsh Bansal

Once upon a time, the annual San Diego Comic Con was an event that celebrated comic books. Today, it still does that, but the focus has shifted to what most geeks really care about: movies and TV. And every year, the biggest moments in the convention are the reveals of new trailers that get us all buzzing. Now, we did get a trailer for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody right before the Con, and one for Alita: Battle Angel right after, but this post is about the 10 best trailers revealed during the Con itself.


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10. Aquaman

After the lackluster financial performance of last year’s Justice League, Warner Bros is hoping that James Wan’s (The Conjuring, Furious 7) Aquaman can be the movie that rights the ship for their DC movies. Now I’m in the minority when I say I’m not a fan of Wan’s work, and this trailer didn’t particularly help with my excitement for this movie. So many one-liners are stuffed into Arthur Curry’s (Jason Momoa, Game of Thrones) mouth, it feels less like a superhero movie and more like Fast & Furious. That said, what did impress me was the epic scope of Atlantis mixed with a personal core conflict. While I am looking forward to the movie, it will release on December 21, the same weekend as Mary Poppins and Welcome to Marwen, so it will have to do something really special in order to stand out.

9. Star Wars: The Clone Wars


The beloved animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars ended years ago without being able to wrap up its plot, leaving many fans dissatisfied. Now, to the delight of many, the series will get the conclusion fans have been clamouring for, and this trailer gives a good feeling for what it will look like. While I appreciate the rousing music and was impressed by the opening shot with the row of Stormtrooper helmets, the reason the trailer places this low on the list is that just like the previous seasons, the art style and the animation simply do not look very good.

8. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

When I saw David Yates’s 2016 movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, my reaction was much the same as my reaction to this trailer: it’s good, I just wish it was great. The movie managed to recreate the awe and wonder we associate with the magical world, but fell short when it came to the lead characters played by Eddie Redmayne and crew. Newt Scamander and his three friends are simply not as interesting to follow as Harry, Ron and Hermione were, and that’s the soul of the world Rowling has created. Fortunately, the sequel has two advantages. First, we see Newt’s time at Hogwarts, which led to the best moments in the trailer. And second, we have here two characters far more interesting than any of the leads, Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore and the controversial Johnny Depp as the dark wizard Grindelwald. While I don’t expect much depth from the moral conflict of “should muggles be ruled over by wizards and witches?”, I do expect depth in the characterisation of Dumbledore and his relationship with Grindelwald.

7. Disenchantment

Matt Groening, beloved creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, returns with his third satirical animated comedy, Disenchanted. The Netflix series follows a princess who, just like Princess Merida in Brave, chooses to escape the plan society has for her, and goes off an a fantastical adventure with her magical companions. I honestly don’t have much to say about this trailer. This is a comedy, its purpose is to make me laugh: the trailer made me laugh. The first 10 episodes will drop on Netflix on August 17, and I will be there to watch them.

6. Godzilla: King of the Monsters


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Gareth Edwards’s 2014 monster movie Godzilla was not received well, and for good reason. While the scenes featuring the titular creature were appropriately epic, far too much time was spent with an uninteresting human lead played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The sequel, directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat), seems to realise this, as the focus seems to be shifted to the monsters themselves. The human characters, played by Millie Bobby Brown, Sally Hawkins and Vera Farmiga seem a tad more interesting than last time, but who cares when you’ve got Godzilla encountering the three-headed dragon Ghidorah? I particularly loved how the trailer balanced the terror of these monsters with their beauty and their majesty. Done right, this could be something special. But even otherwise, it’ll at least be a fun kaiju movie.

5. Iron Fist

This very short teaser impresses the hell out of me. Everything wrong with season 1 seems to have been fixed, and this looks like the Iron Fist we’ve always wanted to see. During the events of The Defenders, Danny grew as a person through his interactions with Matt Murdock, and when he showed up in one episode of Luke Cage season 2, people loved this mature version of him. This teaser, in addition to having terrific action, shows us that improved Danny, a street level hero committed to protecting Hell’s Kitchen.

4. Shazam!


This trailer is absolutely delightful. Not only is it great to see a kid who fights bullies rewarded with superpowers, there’s something very exciting about the idea of teaming up a superhero with a kid who loves superheroes. Zachary Levi is charming as hell in his portrayal of a child in the body of an adult, and his banter with his best friend is endearing. I have little hope for Aquaman, but this really could turn the tides for DC, especially since it’s followed by two movies that both also look like they could be good, Wonder Woman 1984 and Joker.

3. Young Justice: Outsiders

Like The Clone Wars, Young Justice is another beloved animated series that ended way too soon. It left us fans with a cliffhanger that was frustrating because the show had been going so well! Clearly, I’m very invested in this story, and might not be completely unbiased in evaluating the trailer, but to me it represented the best of what I love about the first two seasons, the smooth animation and complex relationships. This is easily my most anticipated TV series of 2018, and the trailer lived up to the hype.

2. Glass

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I had no idea why I was so excited for Glass. I thought Unbreakable was good, Split was better, but I didn’t exactly fall in love with either film. This trailer made it clear: I’m excited for Glass because of the potential for greatness, not the likelihood of it. There’s already so much to explore in the interaction between a super-strong guy, a super-smart guy, and, well, whatever James McAvoy is, and the addition of Sarah Paulson just makes it more interesting. The trailer knew to tease just the right questions, like what is Anya Taylor-Joy saying to James McAvoy and why? If done right, this will complete M. Night Shyamalan’s resurgence.

1. The Dragon Prince

Look, Avatar: The Last Airbender is not just the greatest animated series I have ever seen, it’s one of my favourite TV shows ever. The Dragon Prince, the new Netflix series from Aaron Ehasz, who was the head writer on Avatar: The Last Airbender, looks like it has all the elements that made it a great story. It’s an epic fantasy with humour, action and magic, and some of the shots in the trailer are truly breathtaking, especially the dragon at the end. Moreover, the medieval setting looks good too, and opens up the potential for complex political storylines. Most importantly, though, I just can’t wait to get lost in the vast fantasy world and learn the rules for how magic works here.

So what about you? Which trailers were your favourite? Which movies and series are you most excited for?


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Weekend performance: Solo Falls Short of Even the Lowest Expectations

by Utkarsh Bansal

What did people see?

The decision to make a Han Solo prequel was always a questionable one, and Ron Howard stepping in to finish a movie started by Phil Lord and Chris Miller did not help get people on board. Over these last few months of trailers and spots, I’ve asked some of the biggest Star Wars fans I know whether they’re excited about Solo, and have received a few different variations of “meh” in response. The unenthusiastic critical and audience response cemented it. As it stands, more than half of these friends of mine have not seen the movie yet, and will probably wait until they can stream it on Netflix. The theatre I watched it in had somewhere between 10 and 15 people, and that was opening day.

And in spite of all that, I was convinced that the Star Wars brand name alone would push Solo: A Star Wars Story past a 100 million opening weekend. But in a disappointment reminiscent of last year’s Justice League, the movie ended up with 84.42 domestically. Internationally, it fared even worse, which is less surprising. Star Wars was an American cultural phenomenon, unlike, say, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is more global in its appeal.

Speaking of which, Avengers: Infinity War only dropped 41.3% this weekend, a significantly smaller drop than had been expected for a long time. Deadpool 2 took a bigger hit, making 65.4% less than its opening weekend haul. It has now almost crossed half a billion worldwide, while Infinity War is fast approaching the 2 billion mark.

What did people like?

The weekend’s only notable release was Solo: A Star Wars Story, which has a Metascore of 62. On Rotten Tomatoes, 70% of critics gave it a positive review. The critics consensus reads: “A flawed yet fun and fast-paced space adventure, Solo: A Star Wars Story should satisfy newcomers to the saga as well as longtime fans who check their expectations at the theater door.”

With a mildly positive CinemaScore of A-, it appears that general audiences agree with that sentiment. For context, the last 3 Star Wars movies, The Force Awakens, Rogue One and The Last Jedi each got an A, while the 3 prequels shared Solo’s grade of A-. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, only 4 out of their 19 movies have CinemaScores A- or lower. Over at Pixar, Cars 2 is the only one of their 19 films to stumble down to that score. From every direction, critical, public, and box office, the message is clear: Star Wars can do better.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Review – Fun Prequel That Answers Questions

by Sonika Sharma

 

“If you come with us, you’re in this life for good,” a character tells Solo. The movie is here to tell us just what it was that set Han on the path that led him to join the Rebellion all those years later. Han Solo has always been one of the most interesting and intriguing characters in the Star Wars universe. While a part of me was overjoyed to learn about his past, I was mostly very neutral about the movie. Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story tells the story of a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), trying to connect the pieces and fill up stories teased in the past (or, well, the future) but we never really feel like we meet the guy we love.

But that doesn’t mean the movie falls short. A worthy sidekick to its parent Star Wars franchise, the movie starts with young Han Solo trying to make an escape with his girlfriend Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) from their home planet Corellia. The scene feels more Fast and Furious than Star Wars. Refusing to give up on their dream for a happily ever after, Han enlists into the military in a futile effort to become a pilot, until he joins a band of thieves. The aim is simple – get the money, buy a ship and rescue the girl. It doesn’t quite go that way, but then again, does it ever?

As the story hurtles along, we meet many interesting characters including but not limited to Beckett (Woody Harrelson), Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), the original owner of Millennium Falcon. The movie adheres to the rules and limitations set by previous Star Wars movies, it draws on references for what is already familiar, and exploring the galaxy remains as entertaining and dangerous as ever. As it invokes parallels to the original Star Wars trilogy, the golden dice make enough appearances to remind us just where this journey eventually takes us.

But there are lulls in the movie as well, giving you too much time to think. It can be blamed on a rather predictable storyline with the major plot points spaced too far apart to make up for it. It’s captivating to see the early character arc for Solo, to see how his friendship developed with Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and his acquisition of the Millennium Falcon. But the character development seems too disconnected from the story that we are being told. Maybe because the movie is too aware of the fact that its focus lies outside of that and it’s here only to give some answers.

So as I walked out I was intrigued, glad to have been a journey with young Han Solo and his team. So hold on to your seats because, among all that you expect, the movie holds some interesting surprises for Star Wars fans.

 

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Movies this Week – Solo: A Star Wars Story

by Sonika Sharma

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the latest in the ever-expanding Star Wars universe. The movie will take us back to a time when Han Solo was still young and was yet to fly the Millennium Falcon. Han has always been a simple character for me, someone with clear motivations and a bad attitude. But the trailer makes me curious about his past and I hope to be able to connect with his character more once I know more about him. The story seems to be built on undertones of revenge and regret and brings together an ensemble of familiar characters in the mix with some intriguing new ones. I’m looking forward to seeing how the writers will connect Solo’s journey to the storyline in the future. I’ll be honest and say that reviving a character like Solo does feel like cheap trick to keep the core audience interested. But what’s worse is that this is a prequel to a movie almost 40 years after it first came on screen. The world will be flashier despite all the attempts to keep the consistency. But the fan in me is hoping that what the movie lacks in consistency of feel, it would make up for in storytelling and sheer entertainment.

 

At first glance of the trailer, Bill Holderman’s Book Club doesn’t seem to be selling anything new. It’s just another story about love and life. But with an ensemble of great actresses including Diane Keaton and Jane Fonda, the movie will take on the crucial topic of age, sex and love. A group of friends decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey and soon chaos takes over as they try to break out of the monotony of their lives. I wonder if the movie will break the norms or if it’ll just tire itself out. I don’t expect too much from it but I’m hoping it will push against appropriating behaviour of “mature” women and not just use it for easy laughs.

 

The trailer for HBO’s The Tale, starring Laura Dern says the movie is based on a true story, as far as the narrator knows. The statement seems to set the entire premise of the movie for me. We will be going down a memory lane and it’s not going to be happy reminiscing. It seems to be juggling questions of identity and repression of memories. The movie is semi-autobiographical and tells the story of a woman who realised that something really crucial had happened to her when she was a young girl. But the more she tries to unearth, the more unnerving it seems to get. It’s not a long stretch to believe that we will be dealing with sensitive issues of abuse and manipulation. The movie seems thought-provoking and layered, but it would be a disappointment if it handles itself with too much of a dramatic flair. I hope that in dealing with issues that are important, the movie remains aware of the fact that many of the audiences have experienced them firsthand too.

Solo: A Star Wars Story and Book Club release in theatres on July 25. The Tale debuts on HBO July 26.

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