What would a Taika Waititi Star Wars movie look like?
I have seen two movies from Taika Waititi and one episode of The Mandalorian. Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit were phenomenally made films with smart scripts and plenty of humor. Disney loves (and trusts) Waititi so much that he has been hired to direct and write a Star Wars movie of his own and the thought is fascinating but just exactly what is that going to look like?
With Jojo Rabbit, Waititi showed that he can juggle the delicate balance between comedy and historical drama, producing a film that felt like a powerful testament against racism while making us laugh along the way. Even though Star Wars has its funny moments (a lot coming from C-3PO over the years) the franchise has never been a comedy but we know Waititi is going to change that narrative if the final episode of The Mandalorian is anything to go by.
Remember the two Biker Scouts at the beginning of that episode? You know, the ones talking amongst themselves while punching Baby Yoda whenever the child got on their nerves. It was an odd moment that could’ve easily felt overkill but it was brilliant and I loved every second of that abrupt departure from the serious nature of the episode’s storyline.
This franchise, ultimately, is a tragic space opera. When we think our heroes have won the war and saved the galaxy another trilogy is made to upend that storyline, revealing that the state of the galaxy has only gotten worse. Romantic relationships always end badly, more people die, and our heroes have to hope that everything will go back to normal, emphasis on “hope.” Waititi is going to give us something we haven’t seen before. It’s going to be a brand new story with brand new characters set in the galaxy we love so much and yeah, it’s going to be hilarious.
It’ll probably have the same goofy humor as Thor: Ragnarok but to make it a classic Star Wars movie it should take from the darker themes of Jojo Rabbit to remind viewers that this is a Star Wars film (’cause Star Wars movies are, as I said before, very serious.)
Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to see what he can concoct and which type of character he will choose to highlight as the protagonist of this story. It just might become my favorite Star Wars movie of all time if he can capture the same lightning in a bottle that he did with Thor: Ragnarok and the beginning of the eighth episode of The Mandalorian.
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