Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
“Happy New Year!” is a phrase that has even more significance at the Walt Disney Company as they celebrate a crushing year at the box office with a number of new successes. First, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has officially surpassed Captain America: Civil War to become the second biggest movie of 2016. Second, Rogue One has now collected four-fifths of a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. And thirdly, Disney itself officially crossed the $3 billion mark to have the biggest year of any studio in the history of movies. In other words, this is a good day to be a Disney stockholder. (more…)
Despite the quality of the product, 2016 remains a record-breaking year for the movie business, and nobody is rolling in dough more than the Walt Disney Company. Their last big hit of the year was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which, being a Star Wars movie, was always expected to make a lot of money, but no one knew precisely just how much money it would make. We still don’t, but we have a pretty good idea. More than that, we know where Rogue One stands currently at the medal podium for the 2016 box office winners, and here’s a hint: Captain America: Civil War just got bumped down to bronze. (more…)
Before we even sat in the theaters, we knew that there was not going to be an “opening crawl” for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We have never been without an opening crawl for a Star Wars movie before, so it was a little jarring when we actually sat down to see the new Star Wars spinoff without the iconic imagery. Lucasfilm stated that the opening crawl would only be for the “Skywalker Saga” films (Episodes 1-9) and any of the anthology films would not have the opening crawl.
At the end of the year, we like to look back and take stock of our movie going lives. It was a rough year, no question. Many of the movies we were looking forward to most over the last 12 months took every opportunity to disappoint, but, as always, we can at least make a list of 10 films that stood out above all others in the realms of sci-fi, action and horror, and 2016 was no exception. From mercs with mouths to guys who are nice, from good alien invasions to bad alien invasions, from childhood quests both real and animated, and from remembering your heroes to remembering the dangers of being alone in the woods, these are the Top 10 Nerdy Movies of 2016… (more…)
This past weekend, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit theaters. A brand new vision for the Star Wars universe showcased the Rebellion as they tried to steal the plans for the Death Star, which helped them destroy the battle station for their first decisive victory in A New Hope. The film has already made a killing at the box office ($290 million worldwide) after its first weekend and it looks to pretty much own the holiday season. Critics and fans alike seemed to enjoy the film as not only was it a great compact story that rolls into A New Hope very smoothly, but it was also loaded with great Easter Eggs for hardcore fans.
As promised by Disney, we are about to get a whole lot more of Star Wars ever since they purchased Lucasfilm from The Bearded One. Last year, the first film of a new trilogy, The Force Awakens grossed more than a billion dollars. This weekend, the first “Non-Saga” Star Wars movie, Rogue One hit theaters. Set not in the current trilogy’s timeline, but instead in the original trilogy, just a little before Luke Skywalker and the Rebels blew up the first Death Star. Rogue One focuses on a group of Rebels as they try to steal the plans to the Death Star that helped make everything that happened in A New Hope come to fruition. Some were a little weary of the film, especially after rumors of reshoots surfaced (which usually means the studio didn’t have faith in the final product). So how was the movie?
MASSIVE SPOILERS – DO NOT READ WITHOUT HAVING SEEN THE MOVIE!
A cynic might see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a spin-off/prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy, as just exercise in brand extension (i.e., cash grab), Disney’s latest effort to exploit or capitalize on the vast, worldwide popularity of the Star Wars franchise they purchased from George Lucas. A non-cynic eager to revisit the myth-drenched Star Wars universe on film again, especially after the unmitigated box-office success of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens just last year, will find much to like, maybe even love, in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As carefully, deliberated crafted as Star Wars: The Force Awakens (both as well-made commercial product and resonant commercial art), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story delivers practically everything Star Wars fans have come to expect from the long-running franchise, the heroism, likely and not, the archetypical characters thrust into seemingly impossible, galaxy-saving missions, against seemingly superior foes (David vs. Goliath on a galactic scale), and the pleasures found in relatively simple, archetypical stories pitting good vs. evil.
***MILD SPOILERS BELOW***
There’s a little less than two weeks until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theatres everywhere, so you know what that means: it’s time to take the hype into overdrive. Or hype-rspace, if you will. When you’re talking about a massive project like Star Wars you want to put the best possible face on it, you want everyone with any kind of authority or influence to love the crap out of it so that it’s easier to get fans into the multiplex. When you’re talking about Star Wars, the highest authority is George Lucas, and from what we hear, he likes Rogue One, and probably thinks that you will like it too. (more…)
Two weeks from tonight, you will likely be sitting in a preview screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the latest in a likely long line of Star Wars movies. We’re nuts for it! Brought to us by Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, the movie will likely be loaded with Easter eggs and references to other Star Wars stories, in fact we already know there is one, the appearance of Clone Wars character Saw Gerrera in the person of Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker. That maybe the first egg, but it won’t be the last, and Edwards was all too eager to share another. (more…)
In exactly one month from today, it will be Christmas, and there may be a lot of lucky kids – and maybe some lucky older kids too – that will be unwrapping some awesome new Star Wars toys. Some of those toys might be based on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and a little later that day maybe the whole family will be heading out to watch Rogue One again, likely for the third or fourth time. It’s so close we can taste it now, which is maybe why on this Thanksgiving weekend, Disney and Lucasfilm are satisfying your hunger for more Star Wars with this final Rogue One trailer. (more…)