With 8 months to go before the highly anticipated release of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Disney finally gives us something big to chew on…the official teaser trailer. No sense in dragging it out, you can watch it right here:
Disney also released the poster, which is a bit spartan compared to the usual designs.
Alright, look, it’s not a secret that the Star Wars fandom is a good deal overzealous. I mean, we’ve been debating plural noun translations for the past how many months now? So I’m quite certain that within 24 hours, there will be countless articles, podcasts, youtube videos, reddit threads, and forum debates that break down every single frame of this trailer and properly contextualize them with the 43 possible theories each one will yield. We’re going to have a lot of fun here, and with two-thirds of a year left until we see it, why the heck not?
But let’s just quickly talk overall impressions.
Okay, the poster. I absolutely adore its simplicity, and the fact that it’s unique. I am not one of those people who will criticize The Force Awakens into the ground for its “lazy, rehashed storytelling.” Yet at the same time, that soft-reboot approach is a thing Disney can get away with a grand total of once. My biggest fear for The Last Jedi was that it was going to be too similar to Empire Strikes Back, and just the optics alone are already signaling to us that this will be going in its own direction.
Based on this poster and the trailer, it’s also going to be focused on the objectively best part of The Force Awakens (100% the case, no argument allowed): the Skywalker Family Drama. How Rey fits in is uncertain, though it’s clear she’s going to be playing a major role in Luke’s legacy—something he’s actively struggling with. The man’s guilt, which will only be compounded by his best friend’s death, has left him with the conclusion that the time of the Jedi has ended (Elrond vibes!), just as Rey’s training is beginning. As a result, the poster only containing our three Jedi-ish characters makes perfect sense, and it’s quite exciting to think that the mythos of the force will be getting so much attention.
Also, can we talk about how amazing it was when Rey Jean Grey’d a little bit with those rocks?
I personally would have liked to see Finn in action rather than still on the DL, but I have confidence it won’t be how he spends the entire movie. As for the battles, the burning building, and Poe running down a hallway… I mean, what’s to say? This is promising to be an enjoyable space adventure backdrop to what will hopefully be an incredibly deep (and dare I say dark) movie about duty, legacy, redemption, and balance.
What do you think? Did I miss anything crazy obvious, like the frame where it’s revealed that Phasma is secretly Revan or something?
Images courtesy of Star Wars
Watch the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer and You’ve Basically Seen the Movie
Everyone knows the tendency for trailers to give away the entire plot to a movie. This final trailer for the new Jurassic World not only gives away too much of the plot, it basically gives away the entire plot. As a Reddit user commented this morning, you’ve seen about 3 different movies from these trailers at this point. I suppose that’s not a huge issue. I doubt many people expect huge surprises from this movie.
After the new Jurassic World park failed (shocker, I know), the dinosaurs left there face extinction four years later because of an impending volcanic eruption. Our heroes team up with a totally not shady company to help evacuate the dinosaurs. Surprise, surprise, the company is actually shady and looks like they’re going to use the evacuated dinosaurs for profit. Profit involving selling them, experimenting on them, you know the deal. And if you watch the trailer, you’ll see exactly how the heroes will stop them.
Here’s hoping there’s a twist at the end. Maybe the dinosaurs can actually take over? They kind of deserve it with how stupid humanity acts in these movies. How many times does messing around with dinosaurs have to blow up in their faces before they learn their lesson?
I know we’ve mentioned this problem with previous movie trailers, but this one honestly strikes me as a bit more ridiculous than usual. What exactly have we not seen of this movie now? We’ve seen the threat to the dinosaurs and how they are rescued. We’ve seen the bad guy betrayal. The actual motive, the hero’s plan, probably every cool scene, we’ve seen it all. Maybe people love trailers like this and I’m out of touch? I can’t imagine why. Who wants to go into a movie knowing every cool scene before it happens?
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives in theaters on June 22. You know, if you want to watch the unabridged version of this trailer.
Video and Images Courtesy of Universal Pictures.
Will Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey Cure the Testosterone-Poisoned DCEU?
Are men canceled? The jury is still out. But it may be that their once assured grip on all things comics has finally slipped. And one can look no further than what has happened at Warner Bros. and DC with the DC cinematic universe. The dark and gloomy film nerd pandering schlock of Zach Snyder seems to have finally run out of steam after the failure of Justice League, and not even the outdated comic geek quips of Joss Whedon couldn’t save them. Finally taking cues from the success of Patty Jenkins and Wonder Woman, DC has added, of all things, women to their creative teams. First, Ava DuVernay was placed in charge of Jack Kirby’s New Gods, then Batgirl replaced Whedon with Christine Hodson. Now, Deadline has announced that Cathy Yan will be directing the upcoming Harley Quinn vehicle Birds of Prey. Not only will she be the second female director in the DCEU (Birds of Prey will precede New Gods) but will be the first Asian woman to direct a superhero movie.
Yan is a relative newcomer to the film world, but she’s not unaccomplished. Born in China and raised in Hong Kong and the US, Yan has studied at Princeton and NYU, where she got an MFA from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Before getting into film-making, she wrote for the Wall Street Journal. She wrote and directed multiple shorts before making her debut with Dead Pigs, which received rave reviews at Sundance.
Birds of Prey, which will use Christine Hodson’s script, has been a long-awaited addition to the DC canon. Long tied closely to writer Gail Simone, who made her name writing for it in 2003, Birds of Prey has stood out as a mostly-female team of heroes operating adjacent to the hyper-masculine Batman family of books. Its membership has revolved around Oracle (Barbara Gordon), who finally found her footing post-Killing Joke as a hyper-competent hacker and information broker, and Black Canary, who gets a break from Oliver Queen by acting as Oracle’s main operative. Other major members include former “mafia princess” Huntress and the time-displaced Blackhawk, who acts as the team’s pilot. Many of the biggest female heroes in the DCU have passed through the ranks of the Birds of Prey, including Big Barda, Vixen, and Katana (her katana traps the souls of its victims.)
Margot Robbie’s production company LuckyChap is co-producing the film as a feature for Margot’s Harley Quinn. While Harley herself has never been a member of the Birds, her girlfriend Poison Ivy has (albeit as a ploy), and the team acts as a foil to Quinn and Ivy’s Gotham City Sirens as women in the Bat-universe.
This won’t be the first foray onto the screen for the Birds of Prey. It comes after a short-lived WB series starring Dina Meyer, and a disappointing (as always) attempt by Arrow to base an episode on the series. The film adaptation will be produced by Robbie, Sue Kroll, and Brian Unkeles and their respective production companies. Robbie was instrumental in Yan’s selection, as she was firm in her conviction that woman should direct the film. Other Quinn-centric films in the pipeline include an Ayer-free sequel to Suicide Squad, some unfortunate “rom-com” called Harley vs. The Joker, and Gotham City Sirens. Birds of Prey will enter production this year, as soon as Robbie finishes work on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Image via DC Comics
Simon Pegg Confirms Star Trek Sequel, Downplays Tarantino Involvement
News recently made the rounds about Quentin Tarantino possibly directing the next Star Trek film, to obviously mixed reactions. Fan reaction grew even more hesitant at the possibility of the film being rated R. Don’t get me wrong, Tarantino has made some terrific movies over the years. Star Trek, though? Let’s just say he may not be the right guy for the job. His style is pretty far from what draws fans to this franchise.
Simon Pegg, who stars as Montgomery Scott in 2009’s Star Trek and its two sequels, has said the chances of Tarantino directing the next Star Trek are unlikely.
“I don’t think Quentin is going to direct it, because he’s got his California movie [Once Upon a Time in Hollywood] to do and then I think [he’s] only doing one more film after that.
In the same article, he also confirms there will be another Star Trek sequel, though he feels continuing after the tragic death of co-star Anton Yelchin will be tough. Yelchin starred alongside Pegg as Pavel Chekov.
So what do you think? Were you excited about the possibilities of a Tarantino Star Trek? Or are you massively relieved? Whatever the case, it looks like there will be a fourth film coming.