Subscribe To ReelBlend Podcast #23: Why Solo Underperformed, And Reviewing 2001 In 70mm Updates
Can we use the "D" word -- disappointment -- when it comes to Solo: A Star Wars Story's box office? This becomes the first major topic of conversation on ReelBlend Episode 23, where co-hosts Sean O'Connell, Kevin McCarthy and Jake Hamilton do a Monday Morning Quarterback analysis of Ron Howard's Star Wars adventure. The movie did fine at the box office, earning an estimated $103 million over the Memorial Day four-day window. But in comparison to other Star Wars movies, and other Summer Blockbuster Tentpoles, it underperformed. The guys discuss why.
Conversation stayed in the Star Wars realm as Jake, Sean and Kevin figure out how the Boba Fett movie -- recently announced, with vague details -- could tie into Han Solo's spinoff story. They also weigh in on hard lessons Lucasfilm might have learned from Solo: A Star Wars Story's reception. And they wonder if Star Wars fatigue might affect J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode 9.
This week's #Blend game was always going to be #StarWarsBlend, and that fit really well as the guys talked about Solo, Boba Fett, Obi-wan and more. So, what movies did the guys think are the three BEST Star Wars movies? Their choices might surprise you.
ReelBlend #23 wasn't ALL Star Wars talk, though. Jake and Kevin were able to see the 70mm restored print of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and it blew their minds. Films fans are going to want to listen to that portion of ReelBlend, as the guys explain that the restored film print of this sci-fi masterpiece works like a time machine back to the late 1960s and early 1970s. If this movie is playing near you, get to it... now!
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