Recent Star Wars releases have been considered to have flopped since these releases failed to bring in enough revenues to justify the expenses on making the films. I’m not a Star Wars fanatic and I’m not a somebody who knows the ins and outs of a film industry, and so I’m just reinforcing the current view that recent Star Wars films are not doing too well. Especially in China, Star Wars films failed to fill theater seats spectacularly.
Disney is probably wondering why this is happening to Star War releases and why the Chinese are not liking these releases! Chinese film market is getting bigger each day, and Hollywood cannot really afford to ignore such a big international film market. Latest Solo: A Star Wars Story release is considered to be the biggest flop of all Star Wars releases as this film failed in China in the most spectacular way.
The video above stated that very little amount of money Solo: A Star Wars Story brought in from China right from the getgo of the opening night. Unfortunately, the video presenter stated the amount in Yen instead in Yuan. Yuan or RMB is accurately a Chinese currency and Yen is a Japanese currency. This is a big difference. Besides this point, the video points out Star Wars isn’t doing great at all in China for unknown reasons. After all, worse Western movies had fared better in China before!
In my opinion, I don’t think recent Star Wars releases are that bad. I haven’t yet watched Solo: A Star Wars Story release just yet, and so I can’t speak for this one yet. Nonetheless, the other releases are not that bad, but they aren’t that exciting either. In my opinion, Star Wars have become too boring since the major plotlines seem to be revolved around the struggling of known factions within a Star Wars universe. Yes, there are few factions in this universe, and so the story could be expanded somewhat. Nonetheless, recent releases fail to connect with me in regarding what would make Star Wars great!
Unlike Star Trek with infinite opening plotlines, Star Wars’ universe is an established universe which gives not a lot of incentive in exploring the unknown, thus it’s less exciting than Star Trek’s infinite opening plotlines. Since there is little incentive in exploring the unknown, Star Wars’ plotlines revolve around personifying the relationships of the characters within the known universe. Too much talking with not enough exciting actions would not be good for Star Wars, but too much vice versa would not also be good for Star Wars. Recent releases of Star Wars films seem to be lacking in lightsaber fights and too much talking.
I think the lightsaber fight scenes are what make Star Wars unique. Instead of getting to see more lightsaber fight scenes and the force at work, I see a lot of talking. I’m watching Star Wars not for a perfect drama act but for action and the adventures that could unfold within this universe. Furthermore, the dark side characters in recent Star Wars releases seem to be made of wussy! For an example, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren is considered to be a failed character in my opinion. He was supposed to be very strong with the dark force and yet he failed utterly in putting up a fight against Rey who just discovered her powerful untrained force. It tells me that the story is too convenient as it wants to bring in a quick conclusion to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ plotline. Shouldn’t Rey need to have struggled a little more against Kylo Ren so the evil character is definitely a challenger and not made of wussy stuff which gives Rey little incentive to train?
Failed memorable scenes and not enough memorable actions are the things, in my opinion, have failed to boost Star Wars internationally. Especially in China, Chinese are so familiar with skill fighters in Kung Fu fantasy films, and so I don’t think a few little boring lightsaber fights would be enough to wow Chinese filmgoers. Furthermore, boring talkative characters in Star Wars are not going to win over Chinese filmgoers too since Chinese filmgoers are not too familiar with the whole Star Wars universe in the first place. Since Star Wars is an established universe, there is not much to elaborate on the plotlines to make the Star Wars universe bigger and more exciting. In contrast, Star Trek’s universe could be forever expanded into the unknown!