DIMINISHING RETURNS: A comedy podcast about movie sequels, prequels, spin-offs and reboots. Hosted by Allen and Chris. WARNING: Contains Scottish accents and spoilers.
In This Episode:
With the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story on the horizon it seemed as good a time as any to look at another Star Wars spin-off in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
There is discussion about the makers dropping some elements traditionally associated with the franchise, a dramatic change in tone and the ethical questions raised with reviving performances through computer trickery. We also get into who directed what. With the news from set of multi-million dollar reshoots and several key scenes glimpsed in the trailer that didn’t make it to screen.
We also go mad for Mads, Mikkelsen that is, find a niche crossover between bounty hunters and sexual proclivity and discuss just what this space war movie is. A sequel? prequel? spin-off or midequel? as suggested by a listener. We have an answer for you.
Now the importance of a female lead isn’t really for us to discuss. We’re two, straight, white, CIS gendered, doughy, middle-aged beardy men. So what do we really know about it?
But, It’s happening and Felicity Jones is brilliant as the complex and interesting Erso. Women have always been important to Star Wars but now, more than ever, is the time to increase the number and importance of those roles and, as movie fans, for us embrace it.
In this post George Lucas world a Disney Era Star Wars release is not complete without some merry band of idiots calling for a boycott. This time they are crying over the politicizing of Star Wars , the diversity of the cast and, of course a female in the lead role, sorry boys it’s always had these thing, it’s just that you’ve never noticed.
With the hashtag #dumpstarwars twitter trolls used the release of Rogue One as an excuse to throw their (Star Wars) toys out of the pram. But It doesn’t look like it damaged the box office at all, The three Disney Star Wars movies have already earned more than the company paid to buy Lucasfilm. It’s almost like the people staying away, and latterly no doubt complaining about The Last Jedi, are the sort of people you don’t want to talk to at a party anyway. So with them not filling the movie theatre there was more space for the rest of us to have a good time.
Here’s the thing. The Empire are the bad guys, the oppressors, the true evil in the galaxy far, far way who are out to kill the heroes of the saga. Stormtroopers look so cool, TIE Fighters are amazing but no matter how badass their equipment the bad guys still need to lose. If you side with them, that says a lot about how you view the world.
Rogue one writer Chris Weitz went as far as to tweet, then delete, a statement regarding the Empire standing in for white supremacists. Later tweeting an image of support for immigrants and, once more, to dispel the rumor that the movie had been retooled to take an anti-Trump position. Talk about ‘Fake News’.
If Lucasfilm are going to continue to make Star Wars films we need them to be good, interesting fare that push things in new directions. Otherwise we’ll just keep getting the same warmed over mess.
If you can’t handle seeing Donnie Yen kick ass as a blind space monk or enjoy Lando, Rey, Rose, Finn, Jyn, Cassian or Bohdi populating amazing casts in movies largely peopled by hairy, green, blue or yellow aliens and droids just ignore it from here on out. You’ve got what you want in the original trilogy, maybe even the prequels, but the rest of us are ready to see what comes next.
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