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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the most divisive blockbuster since Star Wars: The Last Jedi, ended the Skywalker Saga with a heavy concentration of nostalgia and not enough attention paid to its overall plot. For some fans, those little dopamine hits of familiar references were enough to scratch their Star Wars-specific itches; for others, they were amusing distractions in a story that felt rushed and cobbled together. Well, according to one of the film’s writers, Chris Terrio, the movie was rushed and cobbled together. And while rewriting major movies on the fly is nothing new especially not for Star Wars, this one evidently took things to a new level.
Business Insider via The Playlist got an early look at a copy of the delayed book The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker which was originally set for a December release, but was delayed until today it’s available for purchase right now. Amid pieces of concept art, there are some quotes from Terrio about his work on the movie, and it sounds like a true whirlwind:
“I’ve never rewritten a film as much as this one. It’s like a tide. There’s a new script every morning. But we just keep going at it and going at it, loosely thinking that it’s not good enough. It’s never good enough…Luckily, the production team is so good that they can shift and adjust. We’re course-correcting as we go – we’re trying things, and some things don’t work and some things aren’t ambitious enough. Some things are overly ambitious. Some things are too dense. Some things are too simple. Some things are too nostalgic. Some things are too out-of-left-field. We’re finding our balance.”
It’s unclear exactly when Terrio gave this interview for the book it sounds like it was during the production itself, but it seems as if he inadvertently ended up giving The Rise of Skywalker the most accurate review possible in those statements. While J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan were able to rewrite The Force Awakens on the fly into something well-liked by critics and audiences alike, that same alchemy didn’t quite come together while making The Rise of Skywalker. Constant rewriting can be a good thing in the right hands look at Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible movies, but when it doesn’t work, the results are often obvious and the final product ends up feeling…well, rushed and cobbled together.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available On Demand and on Blu-ray and DVD today....
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hit Blu-ray this week, and so did The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. That means the final entry in the Skywalker Saga is back in the news yet again. Case in point: a new episode of The Star Wars Show on YouTube goes all-in on the many Rise of Skywalker props, including a plethora of stuff that appeared in John Williams‘ cameo scene. And these weren’t just your average props, either. Each was intended to reference a different film that featured a John Williams soundtrack.Rise of Skywalker Props
This episode of The Star Wars Show has some up-close looks at the many props used in The Rise of Skywalker. There’s the Wayfinder that served as a very big MacGuffin. There’s Dark Rey’s cool-looking, but ultimately useless double-sided lightsaber. There’s even the medal Chewie gets at the end. But the coolest section of this video comes near the end, where the focus is on the props surrounding John Williams in his cameo as a bartender.
The props department made 40 different props from 40 different films that feature John Williams soundtracks, and a handful of them are on display here. The items have been Star Wars-ized, but if you look close enough, you can spot them. There’s a Time Turner from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Then there are several miniature versions of the yellow barrels from Jaws. An iron is meant to represent the iron that smacks Marv in the face in Home Alone. A futuristic-looking fiddle is an homage to Fiddler on the Roof. Then there’s a tape reel-to-reel paying tribute to Nixon kids love Nixon references in their Star Wars films!. Rounding out the items: pilot wings meant to reference Catch Me if You Can; the Sankara Stones from Indiana Jones and the Temple Doom, and, of course, a whip meant to be a sci-fi replica of Indy’s classic bullwhip.
As disappointing as I find The Rise of Skywalker, I have to admit these John Williams-inspired props are neat, and a wonderful tribute to the man who has been responsible for the franchise’s most iconic music.
Since 2008, Disneynature has released near a dozen and a half documentaries that focus on various ecosystems and the creatures who inhabit them. Traditionally, these movies arrive in theaters around Earth Day. But this year, Disney is bringing nature into your home with two new feature-length Disneynature documentaries arriving on Disney+ this week.
Elephant shines a light on an African elephant named Shani and her son Jimo as they make the journey across the Kalahari Desert. Meanwhile, Dolphin Reef heads into cooler territory under the sea to follow Echo, a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin who is on the cusp of growing up.Disneynature Elephant and Dolphin Reef Trailer
Elephant is narrated by Meghan Markle and directed by Mark Linfield & Vanessa Berlowitz while Dolphin Reef is narrated by Natalie Portman and directed by Alastair Fothergill & Keith Scholey. Both of the documentaries feature stunning footage of these creatures, ranging from the dusty, arid deserts marched through by elephants as they head to a green haven to the deep blue sea, rife with life across the ocean floor and all sorts of fish scurrying about.
These nature documentaries are a nice break from the rest of the offerings in the streaming world, especially since we’re supposed to be staying home as often as we can. We’re not likely to encounter elephants and dolphins very easily even when we’re out and about, so this will be a real escape to another place in the world.
Elephant and Dolphin Reef both hit Disney+ on April 3, 2020.
“Elephant” follows African elephant Shani and her spirited son Jomo as their herd make an epic journey hundreds of miles across the vast Kalahari Desert. Led by their great matriarch, Gaia, the family faces brutal heat, dwindling resources and persistent predators, as they follow in their ancestor’s footsteps on a quest to reach a lush, green paradise.
“Dolphin Reef” dives under the sea to frolic with some of the planet’s most engaging animals: dolphins. Created with Disneynature’s signature storytelling style, the film introduces Echo, a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin who can’t quite decide if it’s time to grow up and take on new responsibilities. Dolphin society is tricky, and the coral reef that Echo and his family call home depends on all of its inhabitants to keep it healthy. But Echo has a tough time resisting the many adventures the ocean has to offer.