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Post-Mortem: The New Star Wars Trilogy Wasn’t Worth It

It's been a year since the Skywalker saga closed for good. The latest Star Wars trilogy grossed $4.5 billion worldwide, outstripping what Disney paid for the franchise, and led to plenty of spinoffs. But how does that compare to the damage it left behind? The arc of the three movies left a bitter taste in the mouths of many of the people connected with it. At the top of the list are Kelly Marie Tran and John Boyega.  

Lots of great movies had tortuous paths to the big screen, but they tend to be more of the “director and star didn’t get along” variety. The treatment that Tran endured was something uglier and more modern — and she wasn’t alone in the Star Wars universe. Likewise, Boyega had to deal with racist fans on social media, although he was outspoken about his frustrations with how Disney sidelined his character along the way: “They gave all the nuance to Adam Driver, all the nuance to Daisy Ridley,” he said last summer. “Let’s be honest. Daisy knows this. Adam knows this. Everybody knows. I’m not exposing anything.” Both he and Tran have reason to complain: By The Rise of Skywalker, they felt like supporting characters that the filmmakers didn’t know what to do with. So much for diversity.

Others were affected, too: Driver and Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill, George Lucas, and millions of lifelong Star Wars fans. Read how they feel about the last Star Wars trilogy at Mel magazine.

PS: If you're interested, there's more in a new interview with Kelly Marie Tran at The Hollywood Reporter.

(Image credit: Gage Skidmore)


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So it grossed $4.5 billion, which is less than what Disney paid for the franchise, at $4 Billion, because gross is not net, and with Hollywood accounting you will likely find that all the new movies lost money.
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Star Wars movies were good until Rian Johnson made a really, really bad one and the series couldn't recover from his mess.Luckily Jon Favreau took new characters and made a good Star Wars story again with The Mandalorian.
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I'm going to give your wacky ideas room to play in the corner while I invite Grand Admiral Thrawn and Ahsoka Tano in for lunch.
Also bravo to Miss Cellania for a strong opinion on the subject.
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I'll propose a wackier idea that Star Wars hasn't held up beyond old people's nostalgia and it's been a steep slide downhill from mediocrity to garbage.
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