The film-making process lends itself to mistakes being made. It’s a creative endeavour, often involving literally hundreds of individual specialists, long days and tight schedules. It’s also increasingly a practice that is reliant on technology working the way it is expected. Given this, it’s inevitable that the odd blooper will appear on any production. In fact, it’s surprising that they aren’t more common, but such is a testament to the professionalism of many in the industry.
The Star Wars saga has now delivered nine canonical live-action feature films; spanning five decades. As you might imagine, this means that there have been plenty of mishaps on the set of these films. Those that are caught on camera are often the most humorous, as they involve characters and actors that we all know and love.
The following video presents 10 bloopers from the Star Wars films. Though you’ve likely seen some, there were actually a few in here that came as a surprise to me. Hopefully the video holds a few hidden treasures for you also. Enjoy!
Many of the most iconic pieces of pop culture from the 1980s sprang from the vivid imagination of George Lucas. Those who grew up in that era were no doubt heavily influenced by the original Star Wars trilogy, by Indiana Jones and perhaps even George’s smaller fantasy works, such as Willow.
If the following video is any indication, however, it seems that George is still reeling from the hammering he received from fans upon the release of the prequel trilogy. Those films, while visually spectacular, suffered from a lack of charm, heart and evocative performances, so it’s understandable that fans of the original series felt that the saga had lost some of its magic. At the same time, it’s unfortunate if the lack of love shown towards Jar-Jar Binks is what has deflated George’s passion for the Star Wars Universe.
The latest installment of the Star Wars saga – The Force Awakens – has been well received by critics and fans alike. Achieving that balance could not have been as easy task for Lawrence Kasdan, JJ Abrams, the old and new performance crews and new owners of the franchise, Disney.
In reclaiming much of the magic of the original trilogy, The Force Awakens has managed to excite three generations of moviegoers. This multi-generational appeal and the huge word of mouth attraction generated by a series that has become a major pop cultural artifact has the movie on track to become perhaps the biggest box office success in cinema history.
While box office receipts still put classics such as Gone With the Wind on top when adjusted for population and changes in currency valuation, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic currently rule the roost in the first and second positions. There are still only 24 films that have ever exceeded $1 billion in worldwide box office receipts, with Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace previously the best performer of the Star Wars franchise, in position #21. The Phantom Menace took in $1.027 billion in total.
Amazingly, The Force Awakens has already blitzed past all other Star Wars films and is close to cracking the top ten, with $1.086 billion racked up so far. What’s most impressive about this is that it accomplished this figure within just 12 days of debut, and without having launched in China (the world’s most populous nation) as yet. No other movie has ever exceeded $1 billion in 12 days – through Jurassic World made it there in just 13.
Given that Jurassic World nestled into position #3 on the all-time box office rankings after its strong run, there is a very good chance that school holidays, the China release, and continued positive press will propel The Force Awakens above that position. It would need to bring in $1.7 billion to do so, but an epic $2.8 billion would be required to topple Avatar from the top spot – which that film achieved largely because it was such a bold pioneer into the 3D cinema experience space.
No doubt Disney executives and investors are feeling a sense of deep relief that their $4 billion investment into acquiring Lucasfilm was money well spent. Fans are also no doubt feeling the love, given that this film has shaken off the shackles of the mixed reception that the prequel trilogy attracted.
We wish the film all the best in securing its position towards the top of the all-time box office list in the weeks to come.
Ever since George Lucas helped to transform the movie-making business into a blockbuster industry and accepted a reduced director’s salary in exchange for merchandising rights, licensed action figures and other movie merchandise have been a hot commodity. George’s decision is responsible for his current billionaire status. In fact, Lucas now has a greater net worth than Spielberg, Oprah and all other entertainers, largely thanks to the success of Star Wars merchandise.
That said, toys are designed for kids, right? You could even say that they are supposed to be removed from their boxes and used in active play, to stimulate the imaginations of our youngsters. So often, however, adult fans of Star Wars and other iconic pop culture universes hoard collectibles and keep them for investment or display purposes.
The following Saturday Night Live skit takes aim at this trend with a tongue-in-cheek look at these two conflicting purposes.
What do you think – play, or “leave them in the box!”? 😉
Okay, as far as puns go, this headline is one of the worst, but it seems JJ Abrams and team have brought us one of the best. Rest assured, this article contains no spoilers about The Force Awakens, but does provide a snapshot of the reactions that the film has generated from those fortunate enough to attend the red carpet premiere.
The consensus thus far indicates that the film has hit all of the right notes, and returned cinemagoers to the magic and majesty of the earliest Star Wars films. Flipping through the morsels of information that have been shared on Twitter so far suggests a broad opinion that The Force Awakens is stronger than all three prequels, plus Return of the Jedi. If that’s the case, this will be a feast for the senses and a powerful emotional ride.
Following is a snapshot of some of the early feedback:
Not going to say much till I see it again but rest assured THE FORCE AWAKENS is the best STAR WARS since 1983…maybe 1980.