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Han shoots first.
To me, it just wasn't worth going back to the Straight White Male protagonist well yet again, especially this particular straight white guy (much as I love him under other circumstances).
One more minor compliment I had for the movie that I forgot to mention in my original comment was that I think the composer did a fantastic job incorporating iconic notes and themes from the original trilogy at just the right emotional moments.
Well, if it's any consolation apparently the movie underperformed at the box office at its opening weekend. If Hollywood applies to it the same logic it's applied to woman-led or PoC-led films in the past, that means that the market just isn't interested in straight white men and we won't see another major action blockbuster starring one for the next five years or so.
Arthur: It was pointed out to me that the Imperial recruiting station was playing the Imperial March in a jaunty major key. :)I didn't notice the key, but that was a cute moment, and the part which primed me to notice similar musical in-jokes elsewhere in the movie.
I didn't notice the key, but that was a cute moment, and the part which primed me to notice similar musical in-jokes elsewhere in the movie.
A while ago, I also heard someone claim on a podcast that Lucasfilm/Disney really, really want to release Episode IX next May - I guess to hearken back to the good old days when Star Wars movies were released in the summer - and that they were therefore committed to releasing Solo this May, so IX wouldn't come too close on its heels.
Overall it seems like they've decided the market wants New Star Wars, not Old Star Wars Reheated
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