Star Wars former Solo co-director hints at something more from the franchise.
It’s not a controversial statement to say that Finn was underutilized in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. While the first film had some real hints of potential greatness, his arc didn’t follow through by the end of the trilogy. For someone who started out as a stormtrooper, there was surprisingly little nuance to his perspective. Many felt that, by the end, Finn was shortchanged. He became little more than a goofy side character with very little to say on his own, which is disappointing. Even star John Boyega expressed disappointment on Twitter with where his character went.
Fast-forward to today, and John Boyega recently make a heartfelt speech in London in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. In my head, I thought that something like this is exactly what many fans wanted from his character. But I didn’t externalize the thought because of how much it would diminish the very serious situation out there. But I didn’t have to, because film critic Robert Daniels did just that in his first Polygon editorial.
In the post, he outlines how, in the midst of the Star Wars franchise, the black perspective has been severely overlooked. Finn was an opportunity to bring such a perspective, and it was also overlooked. The piece makes many great points and I honestly think you should read it for yourselves using the source link down below, but one of the follow-ups is what I’m talking about. Daniels posted a tweet sharing the post, and in response to it, Phil Lord responded “some people tried…”
some people tried…
— Phil Lord is wearing a mask on his determined face (@philiplord) June 3, 2020
For those who don’t know, Lord was one of the co-directors of Solo: A Star Wars Story before he and Chris Miller were fired. I’m honestly not quite sure what to make of the statement, as I can read it one of two ways. One is that Lord has knowledge of the filmmakers attempting to make Finn a better character, but were overruled by the brass. The second is that he believes his Solo film would have empowered black freedom fighters better than the franchise has in the past. Of course, we now know Lord and Miller were fired, so we’ll never get to see what exactly he means.
Lord, sadly, did not embellish, so we are left wondering. What could we have seen the filmmakers? Would it have really been better than what we got? In the case of “what-ifs,” it always feels like the alternative was better, doesn’t it? What do you think of Star Wars’ treatment of Finn? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments down below!
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SOURCE: Phil Lord, Polygon