We had struggled with this post. The event on December 27 still weighs heavily on our minds. 2016 was supposed to be great. A new movie was planned that had our favourite Star Wars characters from the movie that started it all. Continue reading →
It’s 12.18am in Ho Chi Minh. We’re holed up in a dingy motel, stunned by the news of Carrie Fisher’s death.
We’d read of her heart attack on her travels. We’d prayed and hoped our favourite princess would pull through. On Dec 25, we got news she was out of the ICU. It was a Christmas miracle! Then the unfortunate news of George Michael passing hit. Death always gets his way.
This time Death got greedy – and cruel. After toying with our feelings, he claimed Fisher this morning.
We would spend the next two hours in the dark, silently scrolling through the many accolades, memoriams, past interviews, quotes and tributes from celebrities that came streaming into our social feeds. Yet it did nothing to soothe our void. Our princess was no more.
Even now, we’re struggling with this piece. After all, we didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Fisher. All we knew of her were in her Star Wars movies, her interviews and YouTube clips. There are many more fitting tributes to her majesty. Yet we knew her in our own way.
Growing up with Star Wars, we were impressed with how she stood up to Vader, the most imposing villain of the time. She had the gall to rescue her rescuers on the Death Star. She made fun of our heroes. Instead of falling for the hero in white, she chose the scruffy-looking nerfherder.
Faced with the gross Jabba, she held her own. Even The Hutt had to admit she was “his kind of scum; fearless and inventive”. The princess would later be taken captive and forced into slave gear, a wardrobe that haunted Fisher as she admitted later in interviews. But the Princess got the last word. She killed the Hutt when no one else could.
Carrie Fisher taught us princesses are not demure damsels waiting to be rescued. They are a Force of power. They can take destiny in their own hands and be the hero we all need.
Fisher was a real life hero too. In her public admission of her problem with addiction and her mental issues. She gave strength and courage to people who felt the same way. She was never a quitter. Never suicidal, she said at interviews. She dealt with her problems with wit and humour.
A new generation got to know our princess as General Leia with Episode VII. Scant comfort but we are assured she would be in VIII too. This was a more cool and collected Leia from the feisty one in the 70s-80s. A more assured and confident one. She was the foil to Han Solo’s emotional wreckage. She was the decisive heir to Mon Mothma. We would fall in love with her all over again.
During her promotional tours for The Force Awakens, Fisher said in a Vanity Fair interview that she’d would like it reported that she “drowned in the moonlight and was strangled by her bra” in her obituary. Our princess had left us. Witty to the end, but always on her own terms.
May the Force be with you, Carrie Fisher.
It would seem Star Wars fans in Singapore are a naughty bunch. According to a poll conducted by the PC Show, more than half of the far far away fans here would pledge allegiance to the Galactic Empire if the fate of a Star Wars Millennium Falcon Bluetooth speaker was on the line.
Fans were asked to pick a side for a chance to win the speaker that could make the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs. More than 300 votes were received in the polling week from Dec 17 to 25. The winner was selected on Christmas Day.
Even though we’re always left wondering how an organised military force, with the full power of the Sith behind them, are almost always are foiled by a ragtag team of nobodies, we would pledge allegiance to the Empire as well.
Maybe it’s the cool Trooper suits, or the armoured vehicles or the silent screams of the Twin-Ion Engines. Or, maybe, deep down inside, we are all just a little like Kylo. We’re just too much of a Vader fanboy to want to side with Luke.
Like every Star Wars fan, we were excited by the prospect of a standalone Star Wars film. This was a project that lived in the realm of a galaxy far, far away but was free to explore a plot that was not linked to the rise and fall of the Skywalkers.
Director Garett Edwards had very big shoes to fill. How does one pay homage to the biggest film franchise in the world yet create a brand new storyline that could gather new fans? Rian Johnson did a commendable job with The Force Awakens but it is our opinion that Edwards did not.
Sure, the movie was great as an action flick. It had witty one-liners, fantastic camerawork that let you feel like you’re part of the action (we might actually consider watching this on a D-Box), and so many cameos from A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back that would bring any fan of the original trilogy back to their childhood. And its end provided a direct link to the beginning of Star Wars, the movie that started the craziness.
But it didn’t capture the mood of Star Wars. Maybe it was because fans were already vested in the characters of the Original Trilogy, the Prequels and the Sequels. In the Prequels, you had the origin stories of Anakin Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Palpatine. In the Sequels, you were reunited with Han Solo, General Leia and Luke Skywalker, old heroes of the Original Trilogy. These characters provided continuance.
Not so here. Even as the cameos brought sparks to the timeline, they were not enough to lift the movie. The characters Jyn Erso, Captain Cassian Andor, Chirrut Imwe struggled to find a voice – quite literally in Saw Gerrera’s case, the rebel militant played by Forest Whitaker even had a low-cost version of Darth Vader’s ventilator.
(Potential spoiler if you haven’t read anything before the movie premiere)
We knew the rebels were not getting home alive (even though these are not the Bothans – they’re the ones who delivered plans for the Death Star II). We knew who designed the Death Star. There was no plot twist going in. This was the perfect opportunity to turn Star Wars on its head. We could not help but feel a better script with more convicted acting could have drawn out the human (aliens too) emotion of the rebellion. Their struggles under the Empire and what made them rebel. A more convincing story could have the franchise more legs to crank out TV series, comics, novels or more standalone films.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story could have moved away from the comic, action genre into a whole different world but it didn’t. In the end, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is like a distant relative you meet at Chinese New Year. You see the family resemblance but you’re not interested enough to want to meet them more than once.
With only a little over 2 weeks before the latest Star Wars movie Rogue One sneaks into cinemas here, brands are going into hyperdrive with #simisaialsostarwars. Starting with Citibank. The consumer-friendly bank released tickets on Nov 28 (Monday) to watch the latest Star Wars adventure on iMAX, 3D BEFORE anyone else on the planet has a chance to see what goes into making an interplanetary death ray.
In the interest of the hunt, here’s a list of what other #simisaialsostarwars activities you can look forward to, starting with…
Quick links: Uber | Gold Class | Supermama | Typo | The Falcon’s Hangar | Elohim by Sabrina Goh | Vivocity | Citibank | SMRT
We’ve always known Star Wars was more than just a movie. JJ Abrams demonstrated it the most with his Force For Change initiative where donors gave in benefit of UNICEF Kids (Force for Change). Donors were then given a chance to win roles on the movie or tickets to the gala premiere of The Force Awakens. Even actors like Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill got in on it. So much awesome.
Closer to home, the local 501st Stormtrooper garrison would go to benefits and charity events as a show of (pun intended) Force to help less privileged kids. We even heard they’re trying to bring Joshua Tan, who’s paralysed and a huge Star Wars fan, for the screening of The Force Awakens. Mad props to them. More pictures of Joshua Strikes Back here.
Fans of Star Wars come in all shapes and sizes — and talent. These super pretty, adorable Star Wars pins were hand drawn by Ashley Yan, an 8-year-old artist attending school at the Rainbow Centre. The Rainbow Centre is a school for children with autism. It is also a non-profit charity that serves children and youths with a diverse range of special development and learning needs.
If you don’t have your The Force Awakens movie tickets yet, the Rainbow Centre are giving away tickets for donations you make towards the new wing. Pins and tickets, of course, are while stocks last. But the Rainbow Centre told us they can make more pins. Just call 6472 7077 before you make your way down. The Rainbow Centre is located at 501 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149306.
All donations come with a 300% tax deduction too. Give more, receive even more. Star Wars is indeed the movie franchise that keeps on giving.
(Dec 6) With The Force Awakens just 10 days away, and Christmas only 19 days away, we’re giving away this set of Star Wars wind-up toys! For deets, go to Facebook.com/Everydayforce. May the Force be with you.