How the standalones managed to be better than The Age of Rebellion and Age of the Republic

Caption of Hans Solo holding his gun.
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Standalone movies are often somewhat of a risky trade. You either create a film that’s innovative and a platform to branch out from or something that’s viewed upon as an attempt to earn more money. With Star Wars, it’s often the latter. However glancing at our data, it does seem like viewers enjoyed Star Wars’ standalone movies. These are Rogue One and Solo.

What did we find out?

To start off with, viewers loved the set universe or the lore and graded it at a high 4,04 / 5 for Solo and 4,48 / 5 for Rogue One. By analyzing correlating topics, it seems that its success might have had been partly due to the movies’ different characters and scenes. They managed to write a captivating and interesting backstory as well which ramped up the overall average grade further. Oddly, viewers found the movies somewhat uninteresting though. Don’t get me wrong, they were still highly graded at 3,55 / 5 for Solo and 4,00 / 5 for Rogue One. But given the fact that both Lore and Backstory managed to receive an average grade above 4 / 5, it’s somewhat strange, the movies should be more interesting. They might have had issues with some characters after all and some of the scenes. Glancing at the average grade for Rogue one’s characters, it seems like it might have had been the cause for the lack of interest, it was graded at 3,70 / 5. Solo had some issues with the actors as well du to a low average grade of 3,22 / 5.

Comparison graph showing in percent how many gave which grade to the topic “lore” for each of these movies.


So what did we found out? Well, the stand-alone movies, were in some sense a hit. They weren’t as great as the original trilogy, of course, though viewers seemed to enjoy both these movies. Maybe they liked the change of scenery however disliked the chosen characters.

The research team at Gavagai performed this analysis using our AI-powered text analysis tool, Gavagai Explorer. All texts for Rogue One, and Solo that were analyzed in this article were collected from public online data published on Amazon.

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