Haiku Me Friday! The soulful eyes

Here we go again
Will you love me or hate me?
Big eyes draw you in

Hi all! It’s me! I swear I’m around but we’ve been packing up and moving our house which is…no small feat. Most of my energy has been centered on that which has left whatever remaining energy I have directed to my business and family. This blog has taken the back seat, but you know – once everything settles down, I’ll be writing again.

I did, of course, watch the new TLJ behind-the-scenes trailer and have been keeping up with any D23 news that came out and am now waiting to see if anything comes out at SDCC (word is we won’t get much, but the costume info was a small bit).

I enjoy behind-the-scenes trailers more than real trailers. I remember when the TFA bts trailer came out at SDCC and I went through frame by frame to glean any information that I could. I didn’t do this with TLJ, but I did watch it a few times through and…

Those porgs.

First of all, they are so adorable and cute! I’m not going to deny it. Kinda furry, looks like they waddle and they have big, soulful eyes. I can see why the internet is calling the Furby’s.

But…Star Wars has a funny history with cute elements as I discussed only a few months ago when I rehashed the Ewok hate again. Fans get so worked up and there are such polarizing views on them.

I love the Ewoks. I think they send a good message: small beings you think may be beneath your notice have more strength and courage than you think.

I am neutral but sometimes dislike Jar Jar Binks. I can’t figure out Jar Jar. The Ewoks were definitely cute. I think Jar Jar was an attempt to be cute but it did not come off as intended.

The information we know about Porgs is that they live on Ahch-To, they build nests, and they can fly. Oh, and their babies are called Porglets (so fascinating (sarcasm)).

This is where it gets tricky. My hope is that the Porgs stay almost as a background creature where you think – aw they’re kinda cute but they don’t have too much of a role in saving the universe. I’m not sure why I feel like this, since I love the Ewoks. I believe some of the reason is that I consider BB-8 enough of a cute factor in this new Sequel Trilogy that if we push the cuteness TOO far, it’ll be an annoyance more than anything. (Imagine if a Porg ends up traveling with Rey when she leaves Ahch-To? It’ll be like every single Disney princess movie out there with the main female character and her trusty animal friend sidekick.)

Honestly, I don’t believe they’ll play a big role. Disney has a pattern with TFA and RO where they show these cool creatures and aliens in previews and then they’re on screen for about a millisecond – and that’s what I think they’re doing with the Porgs.

Yet, at the end of this, I totally am welcoming of these Porgs. But mostly because I want a stuffed animal one for ARM’s room. 🙂

 

Anyone got any other thoughts about the TLJ behind-the-scenes trailer? I’m looking forward to the casino scene!

 

 

I’m Looking Forward to Rogue One

I haven’t talked much about the new Star Wars anthology films, but let me say – I’m actually looking forward to them.  I think it’s a great way to branch out of the Skywalker family and jump into a much larger galaxy.  If Disney plays it’s cards right, these films could really appeal to more hardcore Star Wars fans, myself included.  They can keep the Sequel Trilogy (is that what we’re calling them?) movies for the masses and fans, but go deeper with the anthology films.

A few weeks ago, Disney/LFL released a cast photo at D23 from the new movie Rogue One.  If anything, this photo made me even more excited.  I have a few hesitations, but overall,  I think it bodes well.

rogue one cast photo

Here’s why I’m excited:

  • It’s a cool storyline. The plot revolves around how the young Rebellion stole the plans for the Death Star, putting into motion what we see in A New Hope.  It’s been mentioned that the movie is going to be more brutal than most Star Wars movies and it’s going to lean more towards a war movie.  “It’s called Star Wars,” emphasized the director [Gareth Edwards].   Edwards is hoping to show us just what the “Wars” in the Star Wars title really means.  This is new and different for Star Wars and I’m actually excited to see it.
  • The leader of the pack is a woman. I love that Felicity Jones is front and center in this photo.  I would make a bet that she is the leader of the pack here and the one in control of the mission.  What I also like is that she is not glammed up.  She looks dirty, real, no skin tight clothing, and just like I would expect an x-wing fighter pilot to look (if they are even flying x-wings).  My only hesitation and concern are that there are no other women in this photo.  I wish there were 1 or 2 more to balance it out, since I don’t like the fact that I noticed she’s the only female.  On the one hand, I love that she seems to be the leader and that Disney/LFL is giving us Rey and now the unnamed Felicity Jones as leads.  But on the other hand, I’d like to see more females so that instead of noticing and applauding the fact that there are female leads, it becomes somewhat more of a normal distribution.  That said – the casting is obviously not done yet, so I’ll see where this goes.
  • Diversity! This is great…look at the cast.  I also love the Japanese samurai influence on Donnie Yen’s costume.  Donnie Yen’s character also looks like he’s blind and from what I know about Yen, he’s an extremely talented martial artist from Hong Kong, so this could be super interesting.  I don’t know much about Jiang Wen or Riz Ahmed (though I heard great things about his performance in Nightcrawler).  I saw Diego Luna in Y tu mamá también but that was a long time ago, so I’m not sure I can be a good judge of that.  Either way – there’s a strong diversity in this main cast.
  • Less Jedi/Force users. Okay, so this isn’t confirmed, but this seems to be a movie that will probably be lacking the Force…though if there is a blind martial artist in the mix, there may very well be some “sleeper” Force talents.  But overall, I believe this movie will focus on characters that don’t have the Force, but are extremely talented fighters.  Normally I’m all about the Jedi and the Force, but with these anthology films, I think it’s a good time to step away from the mythology and take us into real life within the Star Wars universe.

The more I see and learn about this movie, the more I’m excited about it.  Even just looking at the picture, it’s dark, grey, and gritty.  They are emphasizing the difference in tone versus the other Star Wars movies already.  I was nervous about the standalone movies at first because I was thinking they had the chance to be really dumb…and honestly, I’m not as excited about the Solo back story.  I’m interested in it, and I’ll watch it, but I like stepping away from the characters we know and love.

What are your thoughts?  Yay, yay, Rogue One?  Ugh, why a movie on x-wing pilots?  Yawn?