So it has been a few years now since Disney bought and revived the Star Wars saga that was supposedly not going to get it’s 3rd trilogy until Disney got it’s white mittens on it. In the beginning, I was scared for this series but again and again Disney has proved that while it may not always be what fans want to see, they still do a hell of a job at telling stories in the Star Wars Universe.  Sure they may have scrapped the Extended Universe to the horror of some (myself included) but all in all, even with all the complaints I have, I have not been too upset with how they are going about things. Most of my grievances are more continuity and technical based rather than story based. All in all, I have enjoyed what they have done; however, it seems that their newest outing ‘Solo’ has hit a brick wall and without having seen it yet, I think I know why.

I know some people may think it’s because we have started to reach a saturation point with Star Wars, but I don’t think that’s the issue with this one, and there’s several reasons why. Here are my thoughts on why ‘Solo’ seems to be missing the mark right out of the gate:

Losing its Directors- It was partially through the creation process when this film lost it’s duo of directors. While it was said it was a difference between their creative outlook and Disney’s this was the first bit of bad news coming from the studio and may have put off some fans from the start.

Lack of Publicity- recently, all of the blockbuster movies have been pumping out major publicity. From Jurassic World, to Avengers, to Star Wars VIII, we are seeing teasers and trailers almost a year out. A lot of these movies that are making it big this summer are making sure we know when they are being released and they are hyping us well in advance. ‘Solo’ however put out it’s first spot during the Super Bowl only 4 months before it’s release, and even since then there has not been much noise or hype made for the movie, even by it’s own studio.

Bad Publicity- From the stories about the director leaving to stories that originally this could have been compared to Ace Ventura in space, most of the news we have heard has not been good news about ‘Solo’. I don’t care how good your movie is, when you see stories saying that Disney expects you to flop, then it may be a self fulfilling prophecy that the movie is going to do badly at the box office. There were so many reports that came out saying that Disney itself expected ‘Solo’ to flop and no words came from Disney that I saw to refute it…how can you expect the audience to have a good morale going into a movie if you don’t tell them you have faith in it?

Bad Release Date- So far for the past few years, we have had major blockbusters coming out at Christmas. First it was the Hobbit movies and then when they stopped taking the Christmas time frame Disney claimed it with Star Wars. Next year we even see Star Wars going back to the December release dates for the last part of the Skywalker saga portion of the Star Wars universe. So what’s bad with this time of year that they chose for ‘Solo’- the summertime? Many times nothing, people try to get the summer blockbuster spot but then the films don’t always stand up to the hype. Unfortunately, this year we just got off the heels of the immensely popular Black Panther, the hugely successful Avengers Infinity War is still going strong, and another juggernaut in Deadpool 2 was released just a week or two before Solo. I don’t care what movie you are or who is backing you, when you’re up against such a bevy of successful movies even if when it’s all put together like this it is a recipe for disaster. Under these circumstances, I don’t think any movie could have done wonderfully. Still I can’t wait to go and see the movie soon.

Limits on Story Development- This is a touchy subject for some, prequels and back stories can be a lot of fun and help us fall even more in love with characters we like.  However, they must be done carefully and I think Disney picked the wrong character to do a backstory on. Hear me out on this. Han is a great character that many of us love, but we already know  alot about him. One thing I have heard several times from friends is that the story felt very forced for Solo. We know how he is and we know him so well. You can’t easily write a story about a ‘scruffy nerf-herder’ where he’s starting out as a upstanding pilot, or a story where this mercenary character is attending school to be part of the military.  It doesn’t work and we know it won’t last because that is not Han. When faced with a dilemma that could define his character we already know what he is going to choose because he is Han from the original movies. Rather than trying to fill in gaps in a backstory we don’t really need, I’d rather see a backstory on Master Yoda, or Dooku, or someone we know very little about- it allows for more freedom with thes tory development because it is basically a clean slate. We didn’t get that with the ‘Solo’ movie.

Have you seen the movie and if so, do you think there is something I’ve missed for it’s failure?  Or do you think as I do that Disney just dropped the ball with this one? Sound off below and let us know!

Hope you enjoyed!

6 thoughts on “Kittens Rant: Why Solo Flopped

  1. I would have to agree with you on this one, you’ve made very made good points here. I strongly feel a huge factor is really on the publicity — I didn’t even see much of it (especially if you compare it to Deadpool and Avengers), it just got trumped over in the publicity sector. Avid fans or casual moviegoers alike, would get enticed by anything well publicized and it just wasn’t that great in that aspect. We can attribute it as well to the writing and the directors but I think it initially starts with the publicity.

  2. As the creator of the Facebook group, “Star Wars Sucks,” I feel compelled to note that Disney has mishandled the franchise since purchasing it. The first two films in the third trilogy were utter garbage and while I thought “Rogue One” was pretty good, “Last Jedi” turned me off so much I swore never to watch another “Star Wars” film from Disney. I think that’s probably the case with “Solo.” People are burnt out from average to crappy “Star Wars” films and yes, this one has a lot of baggage, but I think the main reason it flopped is because people are tired of crappy “Star Wars” films.

    1. I’ll have to disagree. People are still wanting Star Wars. Many even love the way it has taken. I think what they have done has some technical and story problems but they are still a lot better than a lot of whats out there and they are no worse than the originals to be honest. Star Wars is a saga that has had it’s ups and downs and I think a lot of it’s problems are accounted for mainly in bad hires not bad stories or other such things. For example the much maligned Prequels honestly aren’t bad if you add in a single thought about what Anakin may be doing to Padme the whole time…once you do that then the only real problem becomes the fact that from child Anakin to adult Anakin the acting just wasn’t there. The movies were strong and other than missing one thing and putting in one thing that should have been left out they worked well with the originals and made for a good viewing and reading. The prequels fell into one of the traps that Kathryn mentions here about only able to do some much because of such a well known character.

      There were many problems with what they did with Force Awakens. Most of this was not the acting but a problem with the hiring of JJ Abrams and where he decided to go with the series. I think they could have done a similar story without all of the problems he brought into the series if they were not playing it safe and doing as much fan service as JJ tends to do. IMHO Rogue One has been one of the best SW films to date and ranks up there with Empire Strikes Back as a solid SW story with a great telling and just all around good hires. In Defense of Last Jedi I think it was a good story for what it was I think it could have been better if the Force Awakens had been better but he was only left with so much he could do. Last Jedi other than Rogue was the most SW like movie we have gotten since they went and did the prequels and it didn’t pander to the fan service as much. I actually Applaud Rian for his take and what he was willing to risk with certain scenes whether they worked or not.

      So far from all that I know that have seen Solo I have heard nothing but good news so I don’t think it is flopping because it is crappy but more because of what our kitten has written about here. We have to look back and remember this the original Star Wars when compared to some things today is NOT all that. It was cutting edge looks wise for the time but the actual story is not all that special. It has been done time and time again in the past and has been done time and time again ever since some of which were better than it even in other generes. The tropes were not new, the writing was subpar at best (check out the various stories about the crew and actors asking Lucas to change lines so they sounded better they are everywhere). We the fan have made Star Wars to be the great and wonderful thing it has become otherwise even the originals suffer from a lot of the same problems as the new ones do. The big problem with why the new seems so crappy is because now a days everyone has decided they are film critics. Instead of people enjoying a movie for being a movie faults and all we now see everyone putting their two cents worth in on social media about the effects and the writing and the lighting. I do my reviews because I went through film school as did our kitten, we both review books because we are both authors. She might do some game blogs because she plays a lot of iOS based games but as someone who has designed characters for usage in RPG games for both players and NPC you’ll see me review a lot of games as I am trained in the making.

      Taking all my training in from writing to film creation to graphics and sound and everything else the new is no better nor any worse than the old. Our Nostalgia is what saves the old and many if they were to come across them today without ever seeing them before would have enough cause to say even those were crappy. Being a huge fan that has read all the books in the EU up until Disney took over I can say I hate that they did not do the Legacy books but I also am not foolish enough to say that those movies would be any better than what we have gotten now.

      Even the ones with the worst writing I will say are not crappy but still fall under epic saga status and are blockbusters for just that reason. It is only as crappy as you let it become in your own mind as a critic. I find a ton wrong but at the same time I still admit I enjoy them and love them. I can’t wait to see whats next for the Rian Johnson SW, I can’t wait to see what new SW we get for the SW Story series and while JJ scares me I still cannot wait to see what he does.

      I appreciate your opinion on the movies but I think it’s nowhere near as bad as you believe….can they improve…sure but I think they all could even the classics that everyone adores including myself.

      1. I think it’s interesting how you mention nostalgia because one of my observations about Episode 4 is that from a cinematography perspective, it’s amateur hour with its use of shots, wipes, etc. etc. However, it’s still a great film because it makes up in all the other departments.

        As for the current films, I wrote about “Force Awakens” at my website and discussed how the new trilogy does absolutely nothing to build off the originals. Or as Raymond Chandler famously said, “”I don’t particularly care for the hard boiled babies, because most of them are traveling on borrowed gas, and I don’t think you have any right to do that unless you can travel a little further than the man from whom you borrowed the gas.”

  3. I am one of those snob fans who truly feels episode 4-6 were the best and they should have stopped after 1-3. I feel like they just pushed things too far with the stories and it almost feels like they are just doing it for the money at this point. I would have rather seen them do remakes of episodes 4-6 than all these new movies. I know a lot of people would disagree with that but having the updated effects and a new cast would have been fun to watch, for me at least. I enjoyed your rant and agree with a lot of what you said in spite of my feelings on the newer movies. I don’t want them to fail even though they are not for my personal taste.

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