First Entry

Hi!

My name’s Zach, and I love to think, write, and share words and stories.  That’s why I’m starting this blog.

On it I hope to post a variety of writings, including literary pieces of fiction and non-fiction, as well as essays or critiques on culture, entertainment and ideas.  You may see a review from time to time of old or new films, books, and releases of music; or perhaps on some days I will write poetry or stream-of-consciousness.

Anyway, welcome to the blog!  I’m so glad you could join us.  Totally looking forward to writing about poop, farts, Squidward, The Doors, and really bad Star Wars movies.

-ZH

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The Cultural Devaluing of Star Wars in the Film Industry

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Thrilling First Trailer Launches

On Monday, Lucasfilm finally released the teaser trailer for the next installment in their Star Wars Anthology series: Solo: A Star Wars Story.  As reported by Variety, the trailer teases the story of a young Han Solo (previously played by Harrison Ford in the original films) and his adventures before the first Star Wars film.

I chose to write about Solo because of its unique presence on social media and in the public eye.  Star Wars and its main characters have had a huge impact on American culture for four decades; it also changed the film industry in a lot of ways.  However, there were mixed reactions to the announcement in 2013 that a Han Solo spinoff movie was in the works, considering the iconic nature of the character as developed by Harrison Ford.  Then, the doubts only continued to grow as word reached the internet of Solo’s troubled production.

Unfortunately, it appears that a young Han Solo may not resonate with a lot of movie fans due to an over-saturation of blockbuster sci-fi and fantasy films, including Disney’s own Star Wars installments.  The original Star Wars movies were released three years apart, as were the prequel films.  This gave audiences more time to breath in the series’ absence; it also left room for other big Hollywood hits (Indiana Jones in the 1980s, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings in the 2000s).  These days, the Hollywood year is almost wall-to-wall blockbusters, with comic book films dominating the industry each year.  Since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, there have already been three Star Wars movies, each released a year apart.  So it’s understandable if Solo faces difficulties at the box office this summer, especially since its May 25 release date is sandwiched between the hotly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War (May 4) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22).

If it bombs, it won’t be the end of Star Wars movies.  Episode IX will help balance out the finances.  But the fact that Star Wars is now releasing annually can potentially devalue its place in media culture and among movie fans, becoming as generic as the blockbusters that have tried to replicate its success since the beginning.