Director Ron Howard (Willow) steps in for Phil Lord (Caroline in the City) & Christopher MIller (Clone High) to launch a prequel set in the Star Wars universe featuring Alden Ehrenreich (Stoker) as a young Han Solo. Featuring a great turn by Donald Glover (Diet Coke with Lime Ad) as Lando Calrissian, the film tries to pack in all nine things we know about Han Solo into one film. More or less, it transmits that information. Did you need this sequel? No. Will your enjoyment of any other Star Wars property be diminished if you miss it? No.
Director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) takes the reins in the first "Star Wars Story" which is supposed to be a stand alone, "non-saga" film within the Star Wars universe. The story of Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, Inferno) and her band of rogues who steal the plans for the original Death Star, fits nicely into the established saga timeline. Filled with nostalgia, but able to stand on its own two legs, this film drives an action-packed punch and keeps the fans satiated until next December's Episode 8 hits theaters.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has arrived. It has been built up to nearly impossible expectations from legions of fans from around the world. After rebooting and nearly destroying the Star Trek franchise, the bar was set extremely high for JJ Abrams and his crew. How JJ Abrams pulled it off will be debated for years to come.
Listen to this episode to hear the guys discussed:
What they liked:
- The new cast and characters
- The commitment to physical sets, props, and a fully-realized universe
What they did not like:
- The plot is nearly a remake of Episode IV