Some Star Wars fans are not happy with the continuation trilogy in the Skywalker Saga. That’s no secret.
In fact, some people are equally bummed out about the Star next instalment in the Star Wars Stories spin-off series – and that was before the trailer even dropped this week.
However, it seems that the franchise icon himself, Mark Hamill, doesn’t really see what the big fuss is about, and even sounds as though he has very little time for anybody throwing shade at the newer Star Wars titles.
Asked about the reaction that SOLO had received at the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards this week by Entertainment Tonight, he quipped: ‘There’s divisiveness?! Get away’
And, sounding slightly exasperated at the constant negativity from some quarters of the community, he added: ‘This is the only franchise where, if you go on Twitter, they say, “If such and such happens, I am so out.” So now they’re speculating about things they don’t want to see.’
He added: ‘It surprises me, but, look, you can’t please everybody. You just have to try and make the best story you can. I was sort of taken aback by it, but, who knows? Not everybody likes broccoli. Some people like carrots or Brussels sprouts better. That’s just the way life is.’
Asked about his own feelings towards Ron Howard’s upcoming film based on Han Solo’s early life, he said: ‘I don’t know what anybody’s complaining about.’
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Earlier this week the first trailer for the film was released, and quickly fans of Star Wars flooded the internet with their views.
Needless to say, due to the character’s iconic nature, there was a significantly negative reception as well as much hype.
But if the man who Force projected himself across the galaxy – another sore point with some fans – to face down Kylo Ren and save the day is OK with it, are you really going to go against him?
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‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.
Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.
More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.
The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.
Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)
The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.
Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”
“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.