Monday, April 9, 2018

"I Got a Bad Feeling About This" Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer

It isn't any secret by now that I grew up with Star Wars and was absolutely in love with it as a child. I even fell slightly in love with the trilogy that followed the original one because of its soundtrack and because I watched it at exactly the right time: in my pre-teens and my early teens, a time when a mere smile from Hayden Christensen was enough to make my teenage heart melt into a puddle of goo.

Through those younger years, though, one thought always remained with me: if I were to marry anyone in the Star Wars universe, it would definitely be Han Solo. When it was announced that they would be making a spinoff about Han's young life, I was torn. On one hand, I wanted to see more of Han on the big screen; on the other hand, I knew that no one would be able to do Harrison Ford justice... except maybe Ansel Elgort. I would take Ansel, but apparently, they weren't going that young.

In Harrison's stead is Alden Ehrenreich, a guy I know absolutely nothing about. And after watching this new two-minute trailer, I am very sad to say that I still don't want to know anything about him. Check it out:

I gotta give it to them: they tried. They tried really hard to make fans like this trailer as is evident in the copious amounts of screen time they have given the Millennium Falcon, the many Han and Chewie moments that they showed, and the familiar yet annoyingly different "I got a really good feeling about this" line. Sadly, despite the optimism in that line they changed, I don't have a really good feeling about this.

It's a shame because the cast looks absolutely superb with Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino, Emilia Clark, Woody Harrelson and Paul Bettany in it. I don't know. I don't know how to feel at this point.

Woody Harrelson's line in the trailer is very telling, though: "Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed." :p I guess I should have assumed that the moment Disney bought Star Wars, things would be different and would keep being different. Maybe I'm the one who has to accept change here.

Oh, well. At least the poster looks awesome:

Solo: A Star Wars Story is distributed by the Walt Disney Company (Philippines) and will be showing in Philippine cinemas this May 25, 2018.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Will ABS-CBN be Remaking 'The Lord of the Rings' for the Philippines?

During Holy Week 2018, ABS-CBN aired a Holy Week special presentation of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. And during this week, they also released several posts on their Facebook page asking the online world which of the Kapamilya leading ladies and leading men they would like to see take on some of the famous roles of the trilogy... "just in case there would be a remake of it in the Philippines".

And while they didn't really confirm or say that a trilogy was actually in the works, a lot of people voiced out their thoughts on the matter. Surprisingly, it was pretty evenly divided. Hardcore LotR fans like myself didn't know how to feel about it, while hardcore Kapamilya fans gamely gave out their votes on who they thought should portray each iconic character in the movies.

While it wouldn't be the first time for the Philippines to do a remake or get inspiration from a Hollywood movie (there are various Filipino movies out there that have blatantly taken the same plot - if not the entire story - from Hollywood movies), transforming something of this big of a scale would definitely be a new feat.

Here, I have compiled the polls that they posted on their wall along with what some of the Filipino counterparts of the characters might look like if they were indeed to be cast in those roles:

For Arwen Evenstar: Liza Soberano, Kathryn Bernardo or Nadine Lustre?

Liza Soberano as Arwen Evenstar:

You have to admit that Liza definitely has some Elvish looks in her. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if she one day admitted that she actually has Elvish blood in her system.

For Frodo Baggins: Nash Aguas, Jerome Ponce, McCoy de Leon or Joshua Garcia?

Joshua Garcia as Frodo Baggins:

Joshua's boyish looks would make for a good Frodo, methinks.

For Galadriel: Arci Muñoz, Angel Locsin, Anne Curtis or Pia Wurtzbach?

Angel Locsin as Galadriel:

Okay, okay. My editing here was a super fail; but it's all just for fun, so don't hate me too much. :p

While all of the leading ladies mentioned would make for great and gorgeous Elven Queens, Angel's iconic angry scene in 'The Legal Wife' against Maja Salvador gives her the top spot for me.

For Legolas Greenleaf: Daniel Padilla, James Reid or Enrique Gil?

James Reid as Legolas Greenleaf:

Fine. So I'm biased. I'm a huge James Reid fan and his signature good looks as Legolas would make me oh-so-happy... Hahaha.

Don't get me wrong, though. I'm not supporting this remake. I'm just here to show you what they would look like in the roles if they would ever be cast in one. :p Your thoughts?