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"Something weird." The Narrative?

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' started by Suicide Samurai, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. Suicide Samurai

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    Call this nothing but a strange dream/thought I had--a new format that could work wonders, as so many people think things got glossed over.

    In any event, I thought it might be cool if VIII started with scenes "missing" from ep. VII, as filler while Luke and Rey train. Han and Leia talking about Rey, and who she is. Maz and Han talking... maybe something with Luke, Han and Leia back in the day?

    I think that such a structure could help with the narrative flow, while not really being "flash-backs."

    Mostly, before you down-vote... what could be "weird," to tell the story?
     
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    I find that interesting for sure. Wouldn't be my first "go to" option, but hey who knows!! It certainly fits the narrative though- but I honestly think VIII is gunna throw us for a loop with how dark and weird its supposed to be- with this round it could be anything!
     
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    I don't which movie I recently saw began this way: It was either The desolation of Smaug or The Battle of Five Armies. I would be a nice innovative way of introducing the story. It is my hope they start straight from the ending of episode VII. That would also be nice for actually watching the movies: seeing them as one movie. But I guess that would also be very unlikely.
     
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    That's also sort of like what James Bond did in 2006 and 2008 .
     
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    Loop or Looper ;) :p
     
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    It would be interesting at least. Not sure it'd work for Star Wars. But, before I continue a bit of a disclaimer -- I wasn't sure a flashback of sorts would work either, and it did.

    Still, I feel it would be a bit too weird for the films, at least the trilogy films. If not done well, it can easily cause confusion and frustration in people. I'm trying to remember which movie did it (may have been one of the Hobbit films as referenced above) but I do remember something starting in a similar fashion, and I entered the film with an impression of having already seen it though the material was indeed new.

    In any case, the general thing about Star Wars is the use of words to fill us in on important things, not visuals... at least when it comes to history, and only enough to let us know what we need to know. Think of Obi-Wan relating to Luke about his father's "death" and (in later films) fall from the Light. All tell and no show, which worked fine.
     
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    I wasn't very clear in my original post--don't internet when tired or drinking. I may have done both both.

    Whether it be due to a desire to not spoil any of the movie, or something yet to come, KK did say everyone would be back. I don't believe Han survived--that would be too silly, but I see no reason that he won't appear is some capacity, either as a "ghost" tormenting Kylo Ren, or perhaps as something else. He did perish within the energy of a star, after all.

    What I had been trying to say was this--there were obviously conversations that happened during TFA that we were not privy too. Most likely, this stuff will be filled in through novels/comics/whatever, but it could be cool to see some of that as we learn more about who Rey is. While it might be to foreign for Star Wars, I could see it working.

    The comment by Lawrence Kasdan about Rian Johnson doing "some weird thing," just had my gears grinding. While film has evolved a lot since the 70's and 80's, I would very much like these new trilogies to keep to a similar style as the other two trilogies (and mostly the OT), but we have already seen some changes, and will as we spin off with the anthologies and future ST films.

    You are very correct, @John Crichton, the histories told are very much an important and special thing to Star Wars, and is what gave the OT so much of it's life. Clone Wars? Kessel Run? Nerf Herders? Spice mines? Disintegration? Battle of Tanab? Little things are what made characters so much more 3-dimensional. Showing these things sometimes demystifies them--sometimes it works.

    One of my favorite films was done by a writer of Old Trek and Twilight Zone fame--Jerome Bixby. It's called, "The Man from Earth," and while it all takes place in one location, the story lives on much larger in memory, due to the narrative structure.
     
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