starwars has been beneath Disney possession for almost ten years, so it is essential to look again on every facet (the movies, TV exhibits, video video games, books and comics) and see how they maintain up, but additionally how they examine to their counterparts beneath George Luke. The movies are clearly the main a part of starwars, revered by the fandom for his or her strengths. It is honest to say the Disney movies do not have this similar reverence, each in entrance of and behind the digicam.
In an try and keep away from the partisanship that has sprung up across the starwars sequels, I am going to chorus from going too deeply into my private opinions. They’re subjective in spite of everything, and there are lots of people who each like and dislike the sequels for varied causes. Nevertheless, it is honest to say the sequels did not reside as much as what Disney hoped.
The shortage of consistency is sadly very obvious throughout the sequel trilogy, and it is because Lucasfilm had no overarching plan, they did not know what they wished to discover with the trilogy. Tones and themes differ from movie to movie, and The Rise of Skywalker is far more a sequel to The Power Awakens than The Final Jedi. The sequels (particularly The Rise of Skywalker), had been rushed. It is clear there was no particular person with an outline of what the sequels had been going to realize, nor the precise themes that had been going to be explored. The unique and prequel starwars movies had an plain political message behind their existence, whereas the sequel movies did not, lacking a key facet of starwars.
The sequels having a number of administrators is not a problem, as the unique trilogy had three totally different administrators. Nevertheless, as a result of all of them operated from George Lucas’s imaginative and prescient, and checked out comparable themes, they felt in line with one different. If the sequel trilogy had a George Lucas determine to information the three movies, then it is attainable they might have felt extra in line with each other. To take one other instance, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has grown to immense proportions, and one of many principal causes for that’s due to Kevin Feige’s planning and imaginative and prescient. Whereas there have been retcons and redoes, they’re often minor within the grand scheme of the MCU.
Nevertheless, that is not to say Disney has utterly missed the mark with its starwars movies. rogue one was very properly obtained, and is regarded by most to be the very best starwars movie Disney has launched. It managed to increase part of the universe away from the principle saga while nonetheless being an essential a part of it. The movie launched a number of ideas which might be nonetheless being explored as we speak. Solely, while not an ideal movie, it is higher than the field workplace flop that it is identified for. Lucasfilm sadly continues to be taught the improper classes from its failure, refusing to recast legacy characters.
Disney has additionally struggled with illustration within the movies. Whereas on the floor it appears they did properly, giving the lead for the sequels and rogue one to feminine characters, this is not a leap ahead for the franchise. starwars has all the time had sturdy feminine characters, be that Leia, Padmé or Ahsoka. The place Disney may have made strides is with its illustration of characters from non-white backgrounds, it failed.
John Boyega particularly has confronted the brunt of this, going as far to slam Lucasfilm for side-lining his character, saying “they [Lucasfilm] gave all of the nuance to Adam Driver, all of the nuance to Daisy Ridley,” and that Lucasfilm did not know the way to deal with a black character “you knew what to do with these different folks, however when it got here to Kelly Marie Tran, when it got here to John Boyega, you realize fuck all”. As Boyega factors out, Kelly Marie Tran was additionally side-lined. As a brand new character launched in The Final Jediher character is noticeably absent in The Rise of Skywalker. Many have attributed this to the character’s backlash, however as The Rise of Skywalker needed to be written earlier than The Final Jedithat is unlikely.
The uneven high quality of the movies sadly is made worse via the continuous collapse in relationship that Lucasfilm has with its administrators. It began with the difficulty of Rogue One’s in depth reshoots, which noticed director Gareth Edwards being side-lined and Tony Gilroy being introduced onto the undertaking. Sadly, the problems with Solely and The Rise of Skywalker could be extra public, with the sacking of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and Colin Trevorrow. Whereas the MCU has had some excessive profile points (the firing of Terrance Howard, Edward Norton and Edgar Wright all come to thoughts), they have not compromised the artistic imaginative and prescient for his or her respective initiatives, and so they aren’t as recurrent.
Total, whereas rogue one and Solely symbolize vibrant spots in Disney’s starwars filmography, the shortage of consistency from the sequels, a poor effort at illustration and the director points are sadly what can be remembered most when wanting again on the final ten years of movies in starwars. On the entire, the movies have struggled to reside as much as the unique trilogy. Here is to hoping for the way forward for Disney starwars movies can repair that.