Has Disney's New 'Star Wars' Look Ruined What The Original Movies Started?

Has Disney's New 'Star Wars' Look Ruined What The Original Movies Started?

In this article, we'll discuss the new direction of Star Wars and if it's better or worse than the original Lucasfilm version.
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If you haven't seen the new Star Wars films (episodes 7, 8, Rogue One, and Solo), then beware because there are spoilers ahead.

So Star Wars started in 1977 with the original trilogy under the company Lucasfilm. And they made a super successful trilogy, and after a while, in 1999 they began a prequel trilogy which received mixed reviews because of prior expectations set by the original trilogy.

And in 2012 Disney purchased the rights to the Star Wars franchise and then released the first movie in the new sequel trilogy in 2015. And since 2015, there has been a Star Wars movie released every year, with The Force Awakens, then Rogue One, then The Last Jedi, and most recently Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Up until Solo, I was happy with the frequent doses of new Star Wars content. I thought the new movies were fun and the newer CGI mixed with old-school practical effects were beautiful. The new movies told a story and I enjoyed them, and every time that I left the theater I was excited. Until I left the theater after seeing Solo.

I left the theater feeling like I had just eaten a plate stacked up as tall as it could be with food from a buffet, echoing the feelings I had about the saturation of Star Wars media recently. We received a story that we didn't want necessarily. Many people clamored to know about the story told by Rogue One, how the Death Star plans ended up in rebel hands and why there was such an obvious flaw in the system.

But in Solo, we got to see the backstory of Han Solo, the mysterious, gruff smuggler who happened to be in the right place at the right time to help out Luke and Ben in the original trilogy. By telling his story, the mystery is removed and there's no possible way every person will be happy with the result. The movie felt like an unnecessary addition to Star Wars lore, and it felt like it took away from what made Harrison Ford's portrayal of Han Solo so great.

On the walk to my car, my friends and I talked about the movie and what worked and what didn't.

We thought that Donald Glover's portrayal of Lando was perfect, that Chewbacca shined as a main character, and that we loved seeing the story behind the infamous line from the first Star Wars movie about completing the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs.

We didn't like Emelia Clarke's character, Qi'ra, and I felt that this movie's Han Solo felt different than the Han that we all loved in the original trilogy. One of my friends told me that that was probably because this is a younger Han who isn't hardened by his life of smuggling and focused mostly on money, even if that's just a front that he puts up.

The movie was good, but a soft good, not great. I feel like the frequency of these movies has taken the shine factor off of seeing a new Star Wars movie and Disney needs to consider releasing fewer movies, with greater quality.

Listening to the fans will increase their enjoyment in the theaters and the success of these movies in the long run. Disney can either choose to continue the movies at this pace and burn the fans out until the films are no longer viable to make, or slow down and increase their financial gain and movie quality.

After Solo, I finally got to my car and began driving, and I felt like Han driving the Millennium Falcon. I realized that even if I didn't agree with every single choice that the movie made, it still had an impact on me. The more and more I think about the movie, the more I like it.

I do hope that Disney listens to the fans and seriously considers lowering the frequency of Star Wars movies releases, but if I'm being honest, all I want is a standalone Obi-Wan film starring Ewan McGregor.

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Warcraft 3: Reforged - A legend returns

One of the top 100 games of the century makes a comeback in an epic way.

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17 years ago, the legion invaded the realm of Azeroth, forcing the different races of Humans, Orcs, Night elves, and Undead to make the most unlikely of alliances. There were those who fought for the light while the others wished to banish it. Night and day, the furnaces of Lordaeron burnt bright as the loyal dwarves of Khaz Modan hammer away the swords and shields that would aid the fight ahead.

17 years ago, the young orc warchief Thrall foresaw the fate of his people as meteors of green flames crash upon his lands. He saw the upcoming demise of his clanand ordered a mass evacuation towards a new continent where they shall be safe for generations to come. 17 years ago, the night elves felt a corruption within the Tree of Life, causing them to split into opposing factions: one fought in the name of the Goddess, while the other fought in the name of personal hatred. 17 years ago, a legion of undead came upon the shores of Lordaeron, plaguing the land and defiling the life force of the realm. That was the story of Warcraft, one that spanned continents and races only to join them together for a crucial battle of their history.

Warcraft 3: Reforged - Cinematic Trailer Youtube

Warcraft was a monument to an entire gaming generation, ranked 2nd best game of all time by German games magazine "GameStar." Its fate, however, was ultimately sealed as computing technology became better and overshadowed the old giant. Plus, with the rise of gaming consoles and handheld gaming devices, PC gaming lost its appeal slowly, and games like Starcraft or Warcraft eventually faded into oblivion.

But over on the horizon, Blizzard Entertainment came to the rescue. Following the success of their previous release of Starcraft: Remastered, they decided to come forth with their next great project: remastering Warcraft 3.

Using a new and revamped engine built over the foundations of the old one, they have rebuilt the world we once loved. Adding to that are new, high definition voices and sound effects that they recorded just for this old game. For the blurry characters of old, the team decided to upscale and remodel all present units to give them the 2019 high-def treatment they deserved. For the old user interface (UI), the development team settled on one that resembled the "Starcraft: Remastered" interface, offering more room for players to look at the gorgeous 4K character models. Also, to fit the new continuity from World of Warcraft, Blizzard opted to alter the story by a small margin, showing promising changes to the revived game.

Warcraft 3 – Original vs. Reforged Trailer Graphics Comparison Youtube

However, not everyone was hyped when the game was announced. Many gamers expressed disappointment at Blizzard's move of remastering old games instead of developing new ones. Many, feeling uncomfortable at the company's decision, took to the internet and into forums. Some fans expressed concerns over Blizzard's decision to retcon a game they hold dear Some are unhappy with the graphics not being consistent with characters: unit models look too detailed while buildings look cartoonish.

Despite all this, the general population loved the announcement at Blizzcon. As the game slowly reaches its release date of December 31, 2019, the hype can only go up from here. For those of us who can't hold their excitement, here's a video of the crowd's insane reaction to the announcement:


Warcraft 3 Crowd Reaction Youtube

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