Hello and welcome to VultureHound’s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.
My week has been filled with Star Wars (I work at a cinema), and as such, it seems appropriate that we take a look at it, seeing as we’ve only been waiting for The Last Jedi for TWO WHOLE YEARS AND IT’S FINALLY HERE.
Also, Disney went ahead and bought Fox, which is pretty big, so we’ll check that out too. And finally, and perhaps most importantly – if Disney owns Fox (and by extension, X-Men), what does that mean for Deadpool?!
Well, I’ll tell you. That’s how this news thing works.
So, how is Star Wars: The Last Jedi doing?
You’ve probably seen The Last Jedi by now. I was lucky enough to see it on Wednesday morning, and thought it was fantastic. General consensus seems to be that people like it. However, this is Star Wars, a monolith of popular culture, so of course, it’s obviously going to bring in a variety of opinions good and bad. If you haven’t seen the latest chapter in the Skywalker Saga yet, or you just want to know what other people think of the movie, read on!
As I’ve said, I loved it. Some of my friends not so much. VultureHound‘s own Ryan Pollard gave the film a five star review. On IMDb, the film currently has a 7.9 rating, which is pretty good. Similarly, Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 93% score (which of course means 93% of critics like it, it’s not 93/100). Finally, the much less often cited Metacritic ranks the film with an 86.
We should bear in mind that as films get older, their scores tend to drop slightly as more people jump in and give their opinions, but as it stands, these scores aren’t too different from The Force Awakens‘ current scores, with it holding a 8.1, 93% and 81/100 on those respective sites.
The interesting thing about this is that, with the exception of IMDb, these other two sites scores are from the critics. Audiences, it seems, are much more disappointed with the film. Only 56% of Rotten Tomatoes audience members enjoyed the film, and similarly, the user score on Metacritic is a lowly 4.9.
Praise seems to be given to the humour, the cast’s performances, the expansion of Jedi mythology, the character development, the way the film subverts expectations and pushes into new territory, the action as well as the general writing and direction by Rian Johnson.
Meanwhile, criticisms centre around the handling of mysteries from TFA such as Snoke and Rey’s parentage, the film once again borrowing heavily from previous films, the whole of Finn and new character Rose’s sub-plot (also, the plotting in general) and, in contrast to the positives, the humour. There also seem to be many that view this film as feminist propaganda.
But everyone interprets things differently, I guess.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in cinemas now.
Disney buys Fox, gets a step closer to owning everything
As we spoke about two weeks back, that whole deal with Disney potentially buying out parts of 20th Century Fox was very much still in the cards. And now, it’s gone ahead.
That’s right, Disney has bought Fox for a whopping $52.4 billion (I wish I had that kind of money).
That means, once the deal is finalised, Disney will own 20th Century Fox, Fox TV, National Geographic, FX, India’s Star TV, a controlling stake in Hulu and a 39% stake in Sky TV in Europe.
But what does that mean in terms of all your favourite Intellectual Properties?
– Marvel Studios will now have control over the majority of their own characters, as Fox have long held the movie rights for the X-Men and the Fantastic Four
– There’s the possibility of a re-release of the pre-tampered with versions of the original Star Wars trilogy, as the saga was, of course, originally produced by Fox.
– Shows like The Simpsons and Futurama now belong to the house of mouse, although Futurama‘s been off the air for some years now and that likely won’t change. Other shows in their catalogue include Family Guy, American Dad and Bob’s Burgers.
– Movie franchises like Planet of the Apes, Alien, Predator, Kingsman, Independence Day, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Ice Age, Die Hard, Home Alone, Night at the Museum will also belong to Disney, joining franchises like Star Wars, Marvel and Pirates of the Caribbean.
– The incoming Disney streaming service is going to have a shit-ton of content at it’s disposal, and as a result, competitors like Amazon Prime and Netflix are looking to lose out on a lot of what they have to offer.
Looking at that, there are two take-aways from this.
The first, if you’re pro-Disney, is that a lot of properties you may have thought may have been floundering under Fox’s control could get a revamp – this of course is primarily directed at the non-Marvel Studios produced Marvel movies. X-Men, Avengers and Fantastic Four team-up, anybody?
Conversely, if you’re anti-Disney (or just anti-corporations) this could be a horrifying development, as the takeover will inevitably mean the loss of a lot of jobs, Disney taking steps towards becoming a monopoly and the fact that some of your favourite shows and films could be facing the chopping block, or could be toned down to fit what many believe to be Disney’s more kid-friendly style.
If you are worried about that, well, don’t get too worked up just yet because…
Deadpool will retain it’s R-Rating
As a brief epilogue to the mahoosive bit of news that Disney has bought Fox, let’s just belay some fears about how Disneyfication is going to ruin everything. I can say this because Disney head Bob Iger has also noticed that this may be a concern, and spoken out about how films like Deadpool will retain their R-Rating (not that the R-Rating alone was what made Deadpool good, but it was an important factor).
Speaking with investors, Disney Bob said the following:
“Deadpool clearly has been and will be Marvel branded. But we think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for something like Deadpool. As long as we let the audiences know what’s coming, we think we can manage that fine.”
Speaking of R-Rated Marvel properties, this news lead to Hugh Jackman being questioned about whether these developments could lead to a return to the role of Wolverine, as Jackman once said he’d love for his character to crossover with the Avengers, and his response was this:
“It’s interesting because for the whole 17 years I kept thinking that would be so great, like I would love to see, particularly, Iron Man and the Hulk and Wolverine together. And every time I saw an Avengers movie I could just see Wolverine in the middle of all of them like punching them all on the head. But it was like, ‘Oh well, that’s not gonna happen,’ and it was interesting just when I first saw that headline — it was just the possibility of it and who knows what’s gonna happen, obviously — I was like, ‘Hang on!’
But I think, unfortunately, the ship has sailed for me, but for someone else I would like to see Wolverine in there.”
Sorry Jackman fans, we’ll be getting a whole new Wolverine once the X-Men enter the MCU.