George Lucas reviews Star Wars: The Force Awakens
What will George Lucas think of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS once he sees it? That seems to be the question many are fascinated by in a very strange way. After all, this is the franchise that Lucas is now divorced from. Would you be so inclined to ask your buddy what he thinks of his ex-girlfriend's new guy after their break-up didn't go all that well? It kind of feels like rubbing the guy's face in his past for our benefit when all he wants to do is move on... or in this case, make experimental films.
But that's not going to stop people from asking, in the hopes of getting some advance word on THE FORCE AWAKENS before it starts screening and reviews start surfacing. A few days ago, Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that Lucas had seen the new film and he "really liked it." Naturally that wasn't good enough, which is why Vulture went right to the bearded horse's mouth in order to gauge what the creator of STAR WARS thought about a new STAR WARS. So, to answer your question, what did he think?
I think the fans are going to love it. Its very much the kind of movie theyve been looking for.
Ummm... Wait, what??
What the hell is that supposed to mean?
This is where things get extremely complicated and comments like this do much more harm than good. He's being vague, which leads to overanalyzation, which, as a part of my job here, I will help you break down.
Cue up Lucas' comments a few weeks ago to Charlie Rose, where he explained why he wasn't involved with STAR WARS anymore.
The issue was ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, 'We want to make something for the fans.' People don't actually realize it's actually a soap opera and it's all about family problems - it's not about spaceships.
Does that mean the soap opera elements of this Saga have been greatly reduced? Are we simply going to get a barrage of action beats and winks to fandom predicated on nostalgia without any of the drama to make them mean something?
Is it good to always give the fans what they want, considering we're not usually happy with anything we get? Isn't it better to craft your own stories and carve your own path, and, if it's good, fans will become fans and gravitate toward it anyway?
Should it really matter what the guy who thought the prequels were excellent stories thinks about this anyway?
There's a lot to sort out here, so maybe stick it to the side until next week and let the movie be whatever it's going to be for you once you see it. After all, isn't that the only opinion that truly matters once the Force has been awakened?
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrives... Oh, come on... You know when by now.
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