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  1. I've been thinking recently about those (seemingly unfounded) rumors from early production on this movie that they were going to re-cast Leia. Meryl Streep was the name attached to the rumors at the time, before they announced they would re-use Carrie footage. I can't help but wonder how this would have gone over. While Carrie is Leia of course, I can't help but feel they painted themselves into a corner with her story. In hindsight, I think they probably should have just re-cast the role to tell the story they wanted to tell. I also can't help but feel like the Han Solo scene was obviously because they couldn't get the same scene with Carrie. A Leia/Ben redemption scene was obviously what they wanted, but didn't have the footage for. So I guess we use Han because Harrison is still with us? Would a redemption have rang false if it was a different actress? I'm really not sure.
  2. I feel like they did a great job reusing the Carrie footage. Based on what we've seen, I would have no idea it was reused if I didn't know.
  3. Yes! Honestly, as much as people complained about the first Maleficent's lack of faithfulness to the 1959 film (which may have inadvertently led to the lack of creativity in remakes like The Lion King), I think this is how all of the live action "remakes" should be. The original classics exist and have already stood the test of time, why bother going through the motions making shot-for-shot remakes that will ultimately be forgotten? If Disney had taken the characters from Beauty and the Beast, gave it a similar aesthetic to the original, but taken a different approach to the story (and I don't mean adding in pointless "fixes" from the original plot) it still would have made bank. People are already complaining about Mulan not including any of the songs and eliminating Mushu, but would we really want to see those songs auto-tuned to hell or a less funny expressionless Mushu? Because there is a 99% chance that's what we'd get if they were included. At least this seems like a slightly different take on the story.
  4. You cannot stop what is inevitable. Just sit back and relax as Angelina, Ed Skrein, and Elle Fanning take on a new magical bad guy played by...Alan Cumming?
  5. I've always preferred it too. Mainly because it didn't drag on for too long, and had a lot of variety without being ridiculous. It look place in one location (the senate set is one of the most iconic from the PT) and really squeezed every drop out of it. It did what fantasy fights need to do, and had some creativity. It starts with the lightsaber dueling, before it goes into the pod throwing, then ends with the lighting battle. In fairly quick succession. This makes it far more interesting than the Anakin/Obi-Wan fight where it's basically the same swinging swords at each other for 20 minutes with different backgrounds projected.
  6. Logic is telling me that it will retain the top spot, as it will have bigger weekend boosts than Joker. The audience for this is likely to wait until the weekend because of school.
  7. I had no issues with the effects. I thought they were actually an improvement on the first film’s. Even more impressive given that they lost 7 months of post production with the release date change.
  8. Saw it last night, found it very enjoyable. Some excellent world building and costumes. It's nice to see one of these live action remakes take big swings, even if it's not perfect. A nice change of pace from the truly uninspired Lion King remake. Some really dark moments and something in the ending I didn't expect that might appease some people disappointed with the ending of the first film.
  9. The reason I think this is likely is so it can still be in front of Maleficent 2. Even though the new Onward and Jungle Cruise trailers will likely be before it, it just doesn't make much sense for them to drop the trailer three days AFTER their current big theatrical release. I found the idea of them releasing it exclusively to theaters with Maleficent 2 before dropping it to the public on Monday intriguing, as it would indicate a more inflated opening weekend of Mal2, which I'm sure they want.
  10. Hang on...is the topic at hand really that the movies and visuals should be made to sell more appealing merchandise? The exact concept that Star Wars fans complained about with the prequels is now it's strong suit? Sure Darth Maul looked cool as an action figure, but that was pretty much his sole purpose? I guess it wouldn't be Star Wars if the fans weren't complaining about something they had previously asked for.
  11. It's kind of crazy how much more hyped I'd be for this if the only difference being it was live action. Literally, same cast and everything.
  12. I feel like this is going to do surprising numbers, much in the way the first one did. I've been seeing a lot of advertising for it on social media. Angelina and Michelle are out there PROMOTING this.
  13. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Check out this international poster for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Maleficent?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Maleficent</a>: Mistress of Evil. See the film in theaters October 18! Get your tickets now: <a href="https://t.co/Qsjf1eIXCp">https://t.co/Qsjf1eIXCp</a> <a href="https://t.co/dcMenK7SUu">pic.twitter.com/dcMenK7SUu</a></p>&mdash; Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (@Maleficent) <a href="https://twitter.com/Maleficent/status/1179463557970309120?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 2, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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