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George Lucas has seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens and "really liked it"

12.04.2015

Can we consider this the first pre-release review of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS? Probably not, but's it's fun to think about George Lucas sitting in a theater watching a Star Wars film that he had almost nothing to do with, experiencing it for the first time like so many of us have over the past few decades. During an interview with THR, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said that George Lucas has finally seen the film and that he "really liked it."

Kathleen Kennedy also said that Lucas will be attending both the Los Angeles and London premieres, but that its been touch for Lucas to watch "this go on without his direct involvement. At the same time, he really wanted to step away, [but] if there's one thing I've learned about George it's that he's never, ever held back. Having him 100 percent on board is up to him and he can't do that unless he's running everything." Earlier in the week George Lucas spoke with The Washington Post about keeping his distance from the production.

You’re either the dictator or you’re not. And to do that would never work, so I said ‘I’m going to get divorced.’ . . . I knew that I couldn’t be involved. All I’d do is make them miserable. I’d make myself miserable. It would probably ruin a vision — J.J. [Abrams] has a vision, and it’s his vision.

It'll be interesting to hear Lucas talk about the film in more detail once it's been released, because at this point, even the creator of the whole damn franchise can't say anything concrete without Disney's snipers descending upon him. Now that you know that George Lucas liked the film, do you consider that a good sign or a bad one?

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS hits theaters on December 18, 2015.

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1:57PM on 12/07/2015
George liked 'The Phantom Menace' so much he made it into a movie...
George liked 'The Phantom Menace' so much he made it into a movie...
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1:14AM on 12/07/2015
i'd take that as a good sign. It is, right? the man himself said it. should be good...although james cameron raved about that terminator thing and...
i'd take that as a good sign. It is, right? the man himself said it. should be good...although james cameron raved about that terminator thing and...
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10:29AM on 12/06/2015
James Cameron said the same thing about Terminator Genysis and we all know how that turned out.
James Cameron said the same thing about Terminator Genysis and we all know how that turned out.
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8:40PM on 12/05/2015
Apparently he also kissed a girl...
Apparently he also kissed a girl...
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3:11PM on 12/05/2015

He didn't say he liked it.

Kennedy said he told her he really liked it. Not a huge difference, I know...but Lucas himself didn't get quoted saying it. But then Cameron and Genisys, Nimoy and Trek, Willis and Die Hard, etc...
Kennedy said he told her he really liked it. Not a huge difference, I know...but Lucas himself didn't get quoted saying it. But then Cameron and Genisys, Nimoy and Trek, Willis and Die Hard, etc...
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12:59PM on 12/05/2015
I can't help but wonder what the reviews for this film will be like. Probably a RT score of mid-80's, I'd imagine. A good film, but compared to the legacy of Star Wars films, how will reviewers compare it? Having just finished re-watching all the films, I'm not sure how this new one will measure up to the original trilogy. I think it will be better than Episode I and II, but I really love Episode 3 as much as the OT films, and I'm wondering if Force Awakens will equal that greatness.
I can't help but wonder what the reviews for this film will be like. Probably a RT score of mid-80's, I'd imagine. A good film, but compared to the legacy of Star Wars films, how will reviewers compare it? Having just finished re-watching all the films, I'm not sure how this new one will measure up to the original trilogy. I think it will be better than Episode I and II, but I really love Episode 3 as much as the OT films, and I'm wondering if Force Awakens will equal that greatness.
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2:01PM on 12/05/2015
I don't know if JJ Abrams has a great film in him. He was the safest pick they could have made and "safe" rarely equals great.

I expect him to do for Star Wars what he did for Star Trek: he will remind people of the greatness of past films but he will not quite reach that greatness himself.
I don't know if JJ Abrams has a great film in him. He was the safest pick they could have made and "safe" rarely equals great.

I expect him to do for Star Wars what he did for Star Trek: he will remind people of the greatness of past films but he will not quite reach that greatness himself.
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10:49AM on 12/05/2015
C'mon. Even if he truly hated it, we'd never hear about it. It's all publicity and marketing. What are they gonna say? "Mr. Lucas loathed the film and he can't stand JJ's penchant for lens flare."?
C'mon. Even if he truly hated it, we'd never hear about it. It's all publicity and marketing. What are they gonna say? "Mr. Lucas loathed the film and he can't stand JJ's penchant for lens flare."?
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10:27AM on 12/05/2015
I hope people will stop hating on him now that he's retired. Yes, the prequels weren't as good as the original trilogy. So what? He's not the first nor the last director to be better at the beginning of his career. The good Star Wars did for what is considered "geek" cinema is unparalleled and the efforts Lucas had to put to make the first film happen deserves our undying respect.
I hope people will stop hating on him now that he's retired. Yes, the prequels weren't as good as the original trilogy. So what? He's not the first nor the last director to be better at the beginning of his career. The good Star Wars did for what is considered "geek" cinema is unparalleled and the efforts Lucas had to put to make the first film happen deserves our undying respect.
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11:02AM on 12/05/2015
That's your own opinion. I and many people I know consider EPISODE III the best STAR WARS film next to EPISODE V
That's your own opinion. I and many people I know consider EPISODE III the best STAR WARS film next to EPISODE V
1:57PM on 12/05/2015
Honestly, I never thought the prequels were as bad as they were made out to be. I consider The Empire Strikes Back the greatest genre movie ever made but the rest of them have their flaws and their qualities.

Still, my point is that even if someone only like its earlier work, than he should at least respect Lucas for that.
Honestly, I never thought the prequels were as bad as they were made out to be. I consider The Empire Strikes Back the greatest genre movie ever made but the rest of them have their flaws and their qualities.

Still, my point is that even if someone only like its earlier work, than he should at least respect Lucas for that.
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10:12AM on 12/05/2015
Fuuuuuuck
Fuuuuuuck
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9:27AM on 12/05/2015
I think the general reaction to the film is going to be about 60/40. I'm in the 60%, I'm going to like it even if it doesn't completely blow me away. The other 40% is of course made up of those who still don't understand the difference between criticism and critique, those who's hype cannot be satiated, those who don't want to like it and those who don't like anything.
I think the general reaction to the film is going to be about 60/40. I'm in the 60%, I'm going to like it even if it doesn't completely blow me away. The other 40% is of course made up of those who still don't understand the difference between criticism and critique, those who's hype cannot be satiated, those who don't want to like it and those who don't like anything.
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7:45AM on 12/05/2015
What? You're either the dictator or your not? No George. I'm pretty sure JJ wasn't a dictator. Considering the property, I'm sure he prolly had a lot of bullshit to put up with. Or you could be head screenwriter LK who was prolly on set and contributed. Or someone on JJ's creative team/producers to help JJ out and say hey this is bad. Or an actor bringing insight into a new or old character. Set designers. So on. What George seems to clearly be saying is that he can't take
What? You're either the dictator or your not? No George. I'm pretty sure JJ wasn't a dictator. Considering the property, I'm sure he prolly had a lot of bullshit to put up with. Or you could be head screenwriter LK who was prolly on set and contributed. Or someone on JJ's creative team/producers to help JJ out and say hey this is bad. Or an actor bringing insight into a new or old character. Set designers. So on. What George seems to clearly be saying is that he can't take advice/criticism or be in a democracy. But, we all new this for awhile. Even great auteurs like QT and PTA know to let their actors contribute and such
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7:48AM on 12/05/2015
And of course he wasn't going to say he doesn't like it. Not until later, if at all. It's not even high praise.
And of course he wasn't going to say he doesn't like it. Not until later, if at all. It's not even high praise.
9:31AM on 12/05/2015
Lucas finally defined the personality of dictators: obbsesive micro managers with fragile egos who must never be told no.
Lucas finally defined the personality of dictators: obbsesive micro managers with fragile egos who must never be told no.
9:00PM on 12/04/2015
I know Lucas is The Great Enemy now, but honestly, I'll always respect him as a filmmaker. If he thinks the movie's good, well, it doesn't mean much, but it's a good sign.
I know Lucas is The Great Enemy now, but honestly, I'll always respect him as a filmmaker. If he thinks the movie's good, well, it doesn't mean much, but it's a good sign.
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7:47AM on 12/05/2015
listen, you either love the prequels or hate them. For all their flaws, they are still Star Wars to me, they are magical, they are fun and awesome (flaws and all). The man has done so much for cinema and while he becamse surrounded by Yes men as time went on, his contribution to cinema is undeniable.
listen, you either love the prequels or hate them. For all their flaws, they are still Star Wars to me, they are magical, they are fun and awesome (flaws and all). The man has done so much for cinema and while he becamse surrounded by Yes men as time went on, his contribution to cinema is undeniable.
8:00AM on 12/05/2015
The original Star Wars trilogy's contribution to cinema is undeniable, yes. I'm just not sure how much he actually had to do with them bc the prequels are a contradiction to literally every message, theme, and style from the OG. From Yodas teachings which involved no lightsabers, to lightsabers everywhere, and yoda literally teaching dozens of kids blindfolded standing incredibly close how to use them. And to Lucas being a rebellious against the Hollywood system filmmaker to being that
The original Star Wars trilogy's contribution to cinema is undeniable, yes. I'm just not sure how much he actually had to do with them bc the prequels are a contradiction to literally every message, theme, and style from the OG. From Yodas teachings which involved no lightsabers, to lightsabers everywhere, and yoda literally teaching dozens of kids blindfolded standing incredibly close how to use them. And to Lucas being a rebellious against the Hollywood system filmmaker to being that system. The prequels aren't so bad that they weren't watchable - they didn't rape my childhood, but if you actually think about any of the aspects of filming he pretty much did a terrible job on them all except CGI and action and a score we love.
10:02AM on 12/05/2015
I disagree about the CGI aspect of the prequels. I think it did more harm than good and the graphics really aren't all that amazing. I do agree that Yoda teaching Luke was far different than than the prequels, but bare in mind that Obi-wan had been teaching Luke the lightsaber. Also Yoda was in exile and I think teaching luke how to use the force itself was more important to him than battle hardening him up...and he's super old...and a puppet. A lot of that has to do with the times of the
I disagree about the CGI aspect of the prequels. I think it did more harm than good and the graphics really aren't all that amazing. I do agree that Yoda teaching Luke was far different than than the prequels, but bare in mind that Obi-wan had been teaching Luke the lightsaber. Also Yoda was in exile and I think teaching luke how to use the force itself was more important to him than battle hardening him up...and he's super old...and a puppet. A lot of that has to do with the times of the originals vs prequels. Prequels and technology gave more freedom to do the impossible but at the same time, Yoda was a different Jedi during the clone wars vs his exile on Dagobah. Though I do agree that little kids blindfolded with a lightsaber seems like an idiotic idea.
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