If you’ve seen the two most recent Star Wars films to be released, you’ll know that one was genuinely awful and the other was dangerously average.
I’m not sure whether or not this is a popular or controversial opinion, but I really do believe that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is one of the best Star Wars films available, but the same can’t be said for the other more recent ones.
Force Awakens was far too safe and a big ol’ serving of déjà vu, The Last Jedi was actually one of the worst films I’ve seen in the cinema and even worse, considering I was sitting there for almost three hours, and Solo was just fine.
The was nothing special about Solo, but equally nothing particularly offensive about it, other than maybe Lando’s robot. It’s the definition of an OK film.
Even though it was by no means the worst Star Wars film in recent years, the financial takings for Solo were pretty underwhelming, which has left Disney in a fairly confusing place.
So it may not come as a surprise that Disney have decided to cool the jets, in regards to pumping out Star Wars films at the drop of a hat.
LucasFilm previously refuted the “inaccurate” rumours, and assured the public that there are still plenty more Star Wars films in the pipeline, however Disney CEO Robert Iger recently cleared things up with The Hollywood Reporter, saying that they fully intend to “slow down”. He was asked about releasing a film every year, to which he said:
“I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn’t mean we’re not gonna make films.
J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [Episode IX]. We have creative entities, including [Game of Thrones creators David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, who are developing sagas of their own, which we haven’t been specific about. And we are just at the point where we’re gonna start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.’s.“
This is by no means a bad thing. Star Wars isn’t stopping, but at the rate they were churning out films, its quality was genuinely dropping. Perhaps if the powers that be decided to spend more time on one project, rather than five, we can have a more enjoyable film.
When you think about Star Wars, it is bizarre how it has a place in so many hearts. Out of the ten films we have, only about five of them have any merit, and yet we all – myself included – love the franchise; so it would be nice if the films were watchable.
It was only a matter of time before this happened, when you consider that the best Star Wars film to come out in the last 38 years is Guardians of the Galaxy.
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