It is a Period of Civil War…

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May 4th came and went this year with notably less Star Wars fanfare than we’ve come to expect since 2013. Absent were the Disney store offers or Solo teaser drops, and on a personal level it came up just once in a muted office conversation. As far as I can tell the only significant Star Wars related event yesterday was that tickets for Solo were finally on pre-sale.

It’s understandable. Even on its own terms, this May 4th was always going to be difficult for Star Wars. Disney has lost control of the narrative to the extent that The Last Jedi is now accepted as a problematic – at least – entry to the saga, while the box office drop speaks for itself. May 4th is obstinately an event “for the fans”, yet Disney knows that widespread fan disenfranchisement is a huge obstacle for promoting Solo. Why would they risk giving the fans a voice just weeks before the new movie hits?

These factors alone would be enough to dampen any Star Wars Day celebrations. Yet unfortunately for Lucasfilm, that’s only half their problem.

41 years ago Star Wars may have written the rules for summer blockbuster event movies. Yet this year, Infinity War became the crown jewel in a new beast of fully-armed and operational cinematic universe.

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Solo: An Unexpected Saviour?

The hype for Solo: A Star Wars Story is building and it’s hard to not want to get on board – the OT setting, Oscar-winning director and the fact that it’s yet another Star Wars movie for our eyes and brains to appreciate are all compelling reasons to book tickets for the day of release (May 25th, AKA the real Star Wars day).

But with Solo coming out so soon after The Last Jedi, the spin-off finds itself in a precarious position. Despite the production dramas and the fact that most observers have seen Ron Howard’s prequel as somewhat of a pointless project, this is fast becoming the story that will define the short to medium term future of Disney’s Star Wars.

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We Need to Talk About Luke

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After watching the Solo teaser trailers back at the start of February my wife asked me a simple question. Having seen The Last Jedi, was I happier now that new Star Wars films were being made?

I thought about it for a few moments before answering honestly – no. As great as Rogue One is, its existence is not worth the damage that the other films have made to the franchise.

This, I realised, is why I was wrong about The Last Jedi.

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The Last Jedi Review: Lucasfilm Strikes Back!

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi has finally hit our screens amidst a flurry of Porgs, Snoke theories and enormous expectation. I took the hype of the last few weeks with a Crait-sized piece of salt, and you know what? I wasn’t disappointed.

The Last Jedi excites, awes and entertains in equal measure, as Rian Johnson takes the figurative lightsaber from JJ Abrams and tosses it nonchalantly over his shoulder. Star Wars has entered brand new territory here, which is a most welcome surprise indeed…

Click through for the review but be warned: spoilers are present!

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The Rian Johnson News

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It’s crazy the difference five years makes.

On October 30th 2012, the news that Disney had purchased Star Wars and intended to produce a new trilogy dominated news cycles. Now, just two films later, the news that Rian Johnson has free rein to helm a trilogy of his own barely gets a look in (although, to be fair, Western democracy has steadily collapsed in the meantime).

But it’s still big news for Star Wars fans all the same.

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