When it comes to Star Wars, and more specifically, Solo: A Star Wars Story, I am more than happy to nail my galactics colours to the mast.
I loved this film; as in really, immensely, absolutely enjoyed it.
Many didn’t, and I respect it even if I don’t understand it; I mean, the film had everything – engaging characters, a fun-filled, heartfelt backstory for a person we have known and loved since 1977 when A New Hope blew our collective sci-fi loving minds, and an epic story that tied in neatly with what is to follow in the films that follow it (even if they technically came before it; it’s timey-wimey cinematic stuff OK?).
Soon we can experience it all over again when the film comes out digitally on 24 September and on Blu-Ray and on-demand on 25 September. (Australian release date for DVD and Blu-Ray is 3 October.)
Until then we have all the many extras that will come with the physical release including this gorgeous clip which shows that even Han Solo gets a kick out of going to hyperspace.
It’s a joy to watch, as is this film; trust me, you’ll love it.
Darth Vader scared? C’mon as if that would happen!
Ah yes, but what if he was left alone with a young kid on a sleepover who in that playfully relentless way kids have decided to see if he could scare a man who is the author of fear, and not generally it’s recipient.
But this little kid, and others, are going to test him and see if he can’t make a Sith Lord quail in his boots; it might seem like a fruitless task with Darth Vader, in the words of the author, Adam Rex “spends the entire book touting his unflappable invincibility” but they persist and persist, offering a delightful tale that may not be canon, but could get kids into watching the stuff that is, as Rex tells EW:
“I like the idea of this book presenting itself as a Star Wars introduction to kids who may be glancing at the toy aisle in department stores and seeing the movie posters but aren’t really sure if it’s for them or not …
“This gives them an introduction that they can manage, that they can literally manhandle. So by taking the series’ most iconic villain and turning him into their plaything, it will possibly help ease them into the universe. And that’s exactly what has happened with my own 6-year-old.”
The aim of the book, which uses a beguiling combination of model-making, photography, and drawing and painting to create its highly-appealing artwork, goes beyond this important goal though with Rex exploring all kinds of cool ideas such as how our idea of what is monstrous is turned itself often in the Star Wars universe:
“One thing I like about Star Wars, as a kid and also now, is the way man and monster is often subverted. Not always — there are rancors and Sarlaac pits — but that bigfoot over there? He’s the smuggler’s best friend and copilot. That fish-man? He’s an admiral. The real monsters are an empire of humans who are fascist about their humanity. So I think Star Wars encourages kids to understand that danger doesn’t always come in the most obvious package.” (starwars.com)
It’s this engaging blend of whimsy and substance, entertainment and thoughtfulness that makes Are You Scared, Darth Vader? look like such a great read, regardless your age.
Are You Scared, Darth Vader? is available right now … don’t be afraid to go out and buy it!
She is as much a fan of a slew of franchises as the rest of us, and yet also has a rare, deeply-talented ability to poke fun at them in a way which is respectful but also hilariously insightful.
Take her latest effort, The Five Stages of Watching a Star Wars Movie, which any fan, and I have been one since I saw A New Hope in 1977 … in a cinema … when it wasn’t even called A New Hope (yes, I am that old, thank you) … will be entirely able to relate to and laugh it.
It beautifully details the highs and lows, the obsession and the detachment, the excitement and the exhaustion that comes from any fandom.
Laughing at yourself is healthy, and trust me, much laughter will be had … and yes, much inside knowledge shared.
[Puppeteer David Barclay], who adored puppetry since childhood, studied under the legendary Frank Oz and assisted with the Yoda character. When Oz needed to go work on another project, he gave the job to Barclay, who would go on to seamlessly recreate Yoda. Barclay also operated and voiced Jabba the Hut, who accidentally got a little fresh with actress Carrie Fisher. (Laughing Squid)
Like any great franchise, a huge amount of effort has gone into the Star Wars films, which are blockbusters in the very best sense of the word.
The things with blockbusters though is that they can be so big and epic that you miss the smaller behind-the-scenes stories that add so much enrichment to your enjoyment of the films.
In this instalment from Great Big Story, we meet David Barclay a talented puppeteer who played a key role in bring both Yoda and Jabba the Hutt to life, roles which came, as you might expect, with some pretty cool anecdotes such as the time he got a little to up close and personal with Princess Leia.
Barclay’s enthusiasm for his craft is palpable and you will find yourself drawn into this short, exquisitely well-made mini-documentary which gives a profoundly interesting look behind the Star Wars curtain.
In honour of the release this week of Solo: A Star Wars Story, I present to you, with poetic cadence in hand and a knack for spotting a catchy beat from less than 12 parsecs away, this gloriously good remix from Eclectic Method.
Drawing from Star Wars films new and old, the Han Solo Gang is an absolute blast that any Wookie and human is bound to love and perhaps sing along too as well.
While it’s highly unlikely it’s going to be part of the movie’s soundtrack – a movie which, by the way, has seen more than its fair share of grief during production – it’s an inherently toe-tappable homage to everyone’s favourite bounty hunter.
Never were true words spoken – well okay they have been but admitting that severely lessens the dramatic impact of that opening statement thank you – but what were the musical moments woven in around those kinds of admissions? What were Leia and Grand Moff Tarkin really singing to each other, and were they singing at all?
Why yes, yes they were – what? You never noticed that before? – singing of goat bladders and puppets, roast beef and tribbles (wait … what?), roundness and power, children of the night and bunions on feet.
Bad Lip Reading‘s It’s Not a Moon is everything you never knew Star Wars was and could be, a joyous festival of musical theatre a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
It also serves as a warning against the dangers of eating cheese … around Darth Vader anyway.
Sing-a-long, save the galaxy and remember – quails and their rubber beaks are beautifully unique. Words to live by right?
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. (synopsis via sciencefiction.com)
“Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed.”
Taking on much the same gritty but playful tone as Rogue One: A Star Wars story, the latest standalone, non-trilogy tale in the franchise looks to have the goods and then some, impressive considering its somewhat rocky road to the finished swashbuckling product.
To help us appreciate just how good those goods in fact are, Film Threat aka James Darling (co-creator of Science vs. Cinema), who gave us The Force Awakens supercut, has stitched all the various trailer for Solo together to give us a grand, imaginative whole that succeeds in whetting your appetite for the origin treats to come.
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens 24 May UK and Australia and 25 May USA.
Don’t get wrong – I love Star Wars: A New Hope (or as it was known when I was kid and saw it in a one-screen cinema in Ballina, NSW, Australia, Star Wars).
I could quite happily watch it again and again and again and have done just that many times over the years.
But this hilarious animated video from Dorkly, which comes complete with some killer lines and one hell of a considerably shortened new ending for the film, makes me wonder if a truncated version of the film might not be just a little fun to watch.
After all, OB-Wan Kenobi really knocks it out of the park. Or the Death Star. Same same.
Go hard or go home is a mantra beloved by many, a rallying cry to give something everything you’ve got or not bother at all.
Pretty inspiring stuff right?
Well yes, but as John Boyega, star of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Pacific Rim: Uprising explains with down to earth good humour and honesty to Australian journalist Marc Fennel (a gifted interviewer if ever there was one), giving something, in this case his career, everything he’s got has come with all kinds of sacrifices and isn’t as simple or as straightforward as the mantra would have you believe.
Even so, it’s paid out bigtime for an actor who is every bit as likeable and grounded as you’ve been led to believe.
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. (Coming Soon)
Making movies isn’t easy.
To be fair, no creative endeavour really is, but it always seem to be movies that suffer from epically delayed production schedules, on-set shenanigans and actor issues of the kind that would make Cecil B. DeMille and Orson Welles in unison greeted with melodramatically-large envy.
Such was the case with Solo: A Star Wars Story, one of the in-between standalone films that aims to fill in the blanks between the trilogy episodes, providing insight on significant stories that have been oft-referred to in the Star Wars films but never fully explored.
Swapping directors midstream from The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller to Ron Howard after differences in creative vision – one of those oblique phrases that says so little and yet so much – Solo looked set to be one of those rare films that promised so much and yielded so little.
And yet … and yet … damn if this second trailer for the film makes you wonder if this won’t be one of those amazing films that defies the litany of woes it went through in production and emerges to be a thing of epic, fan-inspiring wonderment.
Certainly there’s a lot of very cool stuff as Gizmodo forensically examines, and Digital Spy glories in with fannish delight, and frankly, the trailer suggests this will be as much fun as Danny Glover, who plays a young Lando Calrissian, makes out, a welcome sign for those of us who have been watching the films since the very beginning (Yes, I am that old) and want every instalment to be brilliant.
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in Australia and UK 24 May and USA 25 May.