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22 February 2017 @ 08:26 pm
Just another Wednesday.  
++ The Beguiled will be an upcoming film by Sofia Coppola, which has a fantastic cast, including Colin Farrell. I knew he was involved when he was announced, I just didn't expect not only a trailer so soon but also its release date. It feels like it was just in production (since Colin was absent for most of the promotional events for Fantastic Beasts because he was filming). Nevertheless, knowing Sofia's work and already seeing the southern Gothic look, it's going to be one gorgeous film. I looked up the original book and film to see what the plot and story was, and it's incredibly fucked up, but I'm definitely in for the vengeful women aspect. Also, judging from the trailer alone, this continues to further fuel my recent Colin Farrell thirst.

++ I know that I should reserve my judgment, but I'm going to be completely honest, I'm not thrilled about the young Han Solo movie. I love Han Solo as a character, but I feel like this is completely unnecessary. The Force Awakens and Rogue One were outstanding films and perhaps it might continue that streak and be good as well, but personally I'm just not feeling it.

++ I've been thinking about revivals lately, and it makes me wonder of their rising popularity and whether they are actually necessary. Revivals should be, in my opinion, something to expand the story that didn't get a chance to be told. Is there something more worth telling? Is this something the fans will want or appreciate? Will this bring a sense of closure to certain unresolved arcs? That, I believe, is what a revival should be like. Instead, however, I feel like the announcements for revivals tend to be more like reunions than a brief continuation of the story, since it's relying on getting back as many of the original actors as possible and banking on that nostalgia. Don't get me wrong, nostalgia will always be there regardless of what you do, but there also needs to be an actual progression of not just the development of the characters but also where the story would naturally go in that universe.

In short, revivals can be really great, but sometimes the execution doesn't always fit. Just because you can revive a television series, doesn't necessarily mean you should. So unless it can be done to improve and progress the story in some fashion it's better to leave it alone.
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potentiality_26potentiality_26 on February 23rd, 2017 06:24 am (UTC)
I feel the same way about the Han Solo movie. Like I didn't think Rogue One was a great idea when I first heard about it, but in the end I thought it was great so I'm trying to withhold judgement... but a Han Solo movie seems like a weird idea when all of this important character development has to come after the origin story.
Renée: Rey. Child of the Desert.rogueslayer452 on February 23rd, 2017 07:54 pm (UTC)
Like, I don't know, it just doesn't interest me all that much. It does feels rather weird especially after the events from The Force Awakens. Unless we're going to be getting a Leia Organa movie next, I'm not quite sure this is entirely needed.
Kiki May: Buffy and Willowkikimay on February 23rd, 2017 01:12 pm (UTC)
I'm also very curious about the Sofia Coppola's movie! It looks great, especially because the cast is almost all female - except for Colin, of course - and the director is also a woman. I enjoyed "Virgin Suicides" and "Marie Antoniette" and I'm looking foward for this one.
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 23rd, 2017 08:02 pm (UTC)
I really enjoy Sofia's films (The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, The Bling Ring), she makes incredibly gorgeous films so I know I'll be enjoying this one simply for the aesthetic alone. But yes, aside from Colin Farrell, I really like that the main story focuses entirely on the women and having a woman director to add her own personal touch to the story/plot is going to be interesting.
Profiterole_profiterole_ on February 23rd, 2017 03:40 pm (UTC)
I suppose TV revivals are following Hollywood's trend of sequels, prequels and reboots (unless I've got my chronology wrong, but I feel TV wasn't doing it as much until recently).
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 23rd, 2017 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it certainly seems that way. Granted, revivals are a different kind of beast than remakes/reboots altogether, but it's still all about banking on the original and the nostalgia. There's only been a handful of revivals so far, but I honestly don't want them to go overboard and have everything in existence get a revival. Again, just because you can follow the recent trends doesn't mean you should.
icecream_junkieicecream_junkie on February 23rd, 2017 09:04 pm (UTC)
Also, judging from the trailer alone, this continues to further fuel my recent Colin Farrell thirst.

I saw the trailer a few weeks ago and couldn’t wait to see the movie. Unfortunately, it will be in theatres while I’m working 24/7 for 2 month straight without any notable time off in an area where it’s a 2 hour drive to the closest cinema. That’s just my luck…

In short, revivals can be really great, but sometimes the execution doesn't always fit. Just because you can revive a television series, doesn't necessarily mean you should. So unless it can be done to improve and progress the story in some fashion it's better to leave it alone.

I agree. I sometimes get the feeling that a show/movie gets revived simply because people run out of ideas. Instead of coming up with something new it’s much easier to remake a story that sold before. It’s also a smaller risk. If you don’t get a new audience you’ll at least get old fans to go see the movie/show and that’s money easily made.
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 24th, 2017 02:29 am (UTC)
Awww, that's a bummer. :( I'll try to see it when it comes out.

That's been my issue with movie remakes for years now, since it seems like they only like rehashing previous things without trying something new. And it does come down to little risk. But funnily enough, remakes don't often do as well as they think, mostly because they are banking on something that was already fantastic to begin with; why remake something that already has a beloved fanbase, it won't win you any favors. There's been the attempts at remaking foreign movies, and very few of them are actually good, while rest are a forgettable mess. This is because it doesn't translate well when you strip away what made the original so good to begin with, and Westernizing it for an audience that doesn't understand the context. Remaking something is a laziest and safest tactic the industry has to make easy money. That's it, honestly.

Revivals may be somewhat different, since it's still relatively a new concept in recent years, but it's still relying heavily on the nostalgia factor to bring in the audience. It can go horribly wrong the more it becomes popular, the same with the overabundance of unnecessary movie remakes.
dhampyresadhampyresa on February 23rd, 2017 10:36 pm (UTC)
I don't even like Han Solo in the first place.
Renée: Star Wars. Rey.rogueslayer452 on February 24th, 2017 02:10 am (UTC)

Hillaryvibes on February 24th, 2017 03:26 pm (UTC)
So I'm not that interested in the actor they got to play Han but I am SO HERE for Donald Glover as Lando! I love Donald sooooooo much! He, just like Billy D is cooler then the flip side of the pillow! <3
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 24th, 2017 09:19 pm (UTC)
I have to say it's rather disappointing that, aside from him, the rest of the cast appears to be incredibly white, it's quite jarring especially in comparison to The Force Awakens and Rogue One. :/
Christina: merlin- act- under the same sunfly_meaway on February 24th, 2017 08:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah I really don't care much for the Han Solo movie either. I don't get why we needed one. But hopefully they'll prove us wrong by making a good movie? Hopefully?
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 24th, 2017 08:43 pm (UTC)
I kinda feel like, after the events from The Force Awakens, they probably thought people wanted more Han Solo material, and since they won't be able to get Harrison Ford to come back as the character they opted for a stand-alone origin movie with the younger version of the character (when they could've just written a book instead). But honestly, it just feels weird. And as I mentioned above, unless they intend to do another stand-alone focusing on a young Leia Organa next, this really isn't needed.

I'm much indifferent to the whole thing, but I'm also incredibly disappointed with how glaringly white the cast seems in comparison to TFA and Rogue One.
Driver Picks the Musicbatmarg on February 24th, 2017 08:28 pm (UTC)
I'm intrigued by The Beguiled...and only in part because of Colin Farrell.

I'm on the fence w/ the Han movie. In theory, I like it, but my confidence in the excecution is low.
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 24th, 2017 09:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I mean, even if he wasn't involved I still would've been curious and seen it nonetheless like I do with most of Sofia Coppola's work, but having Colin part of the main cast is a huge bonus. When I heard he was attached to the project I was already sold. ;)

It seems rather odd, doesn't it? The Force Awakens and Rogue One were amazing and exceeded many fans' expectations, but somehow we're all rather stumped on a Han Solo stand-alone film. I think it's because, as someone pointed out, Han's journey and development began with the original trilogy. If we needed any kind of backstory, I feel like a novelization would've been more appropriate. I don't know. As I said, I'm trying to withhold any judgment, but my indifference is strong with this one.
Kelly: disney // historical arielteagues_veil on March 6th, 2017 08:30 pm (UTC)
Revivals can be awesome but this go-to trend of EVERY successful franchise getting a reboot just makes me skeptical of Hollywood overall. Clearly we're a society struggling to come up with new content, so we're falling back on the profitable (instead of the novel). :/
Renéerogueslayer452 on March 6th, 2017 10:49 pm (UTC)
Exactly. It's like, why do they continue to do remakes/reboots of already successful things? Why not remake something that wasn't successful? Or better yet, try something new for a change? Have new content? There are plenty of stories out there that need to be told that haven't had the chance to yet. Sadly, the industry likes living in nostalgia instead of taking risks because it's safer, and they believe that regardless it'll make bank and really, that's all they care about right? Quantity instead of quality, etc.

Revivals are following this trend, unfortunately. And it makes me very :/ every time a new one is announced.