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12.08.2015

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. It’s very much the kind of movie they’ve 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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9:47AM on 12/09/2015
It's kind of cute that Lucas tried to reference the 'these are not the droid we're looking for' quote in his comment.
However, considering how the 'family drama' played out in the prequels, I very much believe that the original vision of Star Wars IS all about laser swords and spaceships, and he lost that vision in the prequels. We spent decades imagining that Vader was this badass Jedi of upstanding moral and virtue and his fall from grace was sad and tragic. Instead, we got a man-child whose
It's kind of cute that Lucas tried to reference the 'these are not the droid we're looking for' quote in his comment.
However, considering how the 'family drama' played out in the prequels, I very much believe that the original vision of Star Wars IS all about laser swords and spaceships, and he lost that vision in the prequels. We spent decades imagining that Vader was this badass Jedi of upstanding moral and virtue and his fall from grace was sad and tragic. Instead, we got a man-child whose turn to evil was so farcical and heavily telegraphed, and if it were a family drama, it just feels like the equivalent of finding out that your real dad was a deadbeat drunkass school dropout who now works at a cheap apartment cleaning pools and his only notable achievement in life was banging your cheerleader mom.
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10:08PM on 12/08/2015
We're not supposed to attack the author here, so let's just say...I have nothing to say.
We're not supposed to attack the author here, so let's just say...I have nothing to say.
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8:49PM on 12/08/2015

All I have to say is...

Jar Jar Binks. Are we really gonna care what the man responsible for Kingdom of The Crystal Skull thinks?
Jar Jar Binks. Are we really gonna care what the man responsible for Kingdom of The Crystal Skull thinks?
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7:44PM on 12/08/2015

Lucas hasn't made a good movie since the 80s...

Think about it, Howard The Duck, Indiana Jones 3 and 4, that stupid animated movie, most of the prequel trilogy... The guy has produced and/or directed more bombs and duds than successful films.
Think about it, Howard The Duck, Indiana Jones 3 and 4, that stupid animated movie, most of the prequel trilogy... The guy has produced and/or directed more bombs and duds than successful films.
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8:28PM on 12/08/2015
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is as good, if not better, than the other Indy films. I've never seen anyone say a bad thing about it until I read your comment.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is as good, if not better, than the other Indy films. I've never seen anyone say a bad thing about it until I read your comment.
8:29PM on 12/08/2015
Wait, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a bad movie? I think there is a large group of people who would disagree with you on that.
Wait, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a bad movie? I think there is a large group of people who would disagree with you on that.
6:04PM on 12/08/2015

Oh, George!

I respect you because of your charitable endeavors and your creation of this massive and expansive cinematic universe. However, your opinion no longer is relevant following one mediocre prequel (Revenge of the Sith) and two forgettable messes (the other two prequels) that completely lacked anything resembling the original trilogy which all your fans loved. TFA might be considered fan fiction only in the capacity that it gives fans what they always wanted, a continuation of practical effects,
I respect you because of your charitable endeavors and your creation of this massive and expansive cinematic universe. However, your opinion no longer is relevant following one mediocre prequel (Revenge of the Sith) and two forgettable messes (the other two prequels) that completely lacked anything resembling the original trilogy which all your fans loved. TFA might be considered fan fiction only in the capacity that it gives fans what they always wanted, a continuation of practical effects, an engaging but simplistic narrative, and characters people give a damn about. I look forward to seeing TFA on December 17 just like the millions of others who will be doing the same with an open-mind and an optimism for a return to the world they fell in love with as children.
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7:48AM on 12/09/2015
I'm glad you respect the man. He's garnered so much ill will for his tinkering and prequels, sometimes I wonder if people care for him at all.
I'm glad you respect the man. He's garnered so much ill will for his tinkering and prequels, sometimes I wonder if people care for him at all.
5:58PM on 12/08/2015

The Bitterness and Arrogance of Vision

A long time ago in a Film era far far away, a young Film director with an idea to revisit the ' space opera' films of his youth put together a film called Star Wars. Already having revisited the early 60s with American Graffiti ( a great film) he seeked to bring to ' the people ' his love of Space Opera. That he succeeded far beyond even his hopes must have been a huge shock, as his little ' Space Opera' took on a life of its own, and like the book he cited in the creation of this film (
A long time ago in a Film era far far away, a young Film director with an idea to revisit the ' space opera' films of his youth put together a film called Star Wars. Already having revisited the early 60s with American Graffiti ( a great film) he seeked to bring to ' the people ' his love of Space Opera. That he succeeded far beyond even his hopes must have been a huge shock, as his little ' Space Opera' took on a life of its own, and like the book he cited in the creation of this film ( Joseph Campbell's Hero with a 1000 Faces) the film came to mean many different things to many people. Two Sequels followed, each successful in their own right, but the Young Filmmaker chafed at seeing interlopers like Irvin Kershner and Richard Marquand bring THEIR version of HIS story to screen. The Young Filmmaker grew older, as we all do, made several more blockbuster films, and some misses ( The Radioland Murders, More American Graffiti), then he decided to return to his grand story, and with the advancement of Visual effects, he could FINALLY tell the story his way. He even went so far to revisit his previous trilogy and fix what he thought was broken. He then got back to work rounded up a new cast of actors, and continued with his vision. The Phantom Menace was presented, and the next two films....and suddenly, the not so young filmmaker was puzzled. Here was his creation, with dazzling state of the art effects, while making money for him, he heard howls of disappointment, and couldn't understand. ' This is MY vision, MY words, MY quasi-Mystical Story, yet now you say its ponderous, ill paced, actors woodenly reciting my words' and worst of all...it all LOOKS fake.....many years pass, and the now not so young filmmaker sells his 'Vision' to a faceless corporate entity who hires a 'Young Filmmaker with a distinct Vision' on how the NEW Star Wars film will look.... and this filmmaker knows that for this to work, you go back to basics. Shoot it REAL. Physical Sets. Effects that compliment the story, NOT be the story. Bring back the original cast, but also bring in other unique actors...and LET them play in the sandbox too. I'm sure that that feeling Mr. Lucas got when Watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was part wistfulness, part bitterness at seeing his creation continue, but perhaps also seeing that the ' Young Filmmaker' , Mr. Abrams, with possibly the biggest film of his career, delivered a film that will stack up with the original films....and hopefully he was big enough to tell him that.
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5:18PM on 12/08/2015

"It's a soap opera. It's about family"

Really, sir? It would've been wonderful if you actually focused on that aspect rather than intergalactic space trade, shady politics, goofy floppy eared cgi creatures with annoying speech impediments, and shoving as many visual effects into a shot simply because you can.
Really, sir? It would've been wonderful if you actually focused on that aspect rather than intergalactic space trade, shady politics, goofy floppy eared cgi creatures with annoying speech impediments, and shoving as many visual effects into a shot simply because you can.
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4:51PM on 12/08/2015
I am genuinely interested in what he has to say...he did create Star Wars after all. I may have read that wrong, with the wrong tone in my head, but it seems like he is alluding to the fact that it has what people were clamoring for and may be lacking what he got so much shit for his last go 'round. His absence is not a good thing, he mapped out so much shit from the get go (yes, even midichlrones before filing A New Hope) and even though he fell pretty hard he was still that artist that
I am genuinely interested in what he has to say...he did create Star Wars after all. I may have read that wrong, with the wrong tone in my head, but it seems like he is alluding to the fact that it has what people were clamoring for and may be lacking what he got so much shit for his last go 'round. His absence is not a good thing, he mapped out so much shit from the get go (yes, even midichlrones before filing A New Hope) and even though he fell pretty hard he was still that artist that created the galaxy. It was always a space opera, it brought the genre to the forefront decades ago. The prequels were bad...but that's what happens when you are not struggling anymore...your art suffers. Hell, if not for budgets the Death Star wouldn't even have had a trench.

Good or bad, TFA isn't Star Wars. It is fanfiction, a coverband. I hope it is good...but it is no longer part of the galaxy George created.
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5:56PM on 12/08/2015
well put. A Coverband.......
well put. A Coverband.......
2:01AM on 12/09/2015
Why so negative? Can't somebody else add to the universe that the man created? He flew the franchise as far as it could go, but now it's time for somebody else to take a crack at it. It's like your own child. You have to let it go someday and grow by itself. That's what Stan Lee did.
Why so negative? Can't somebody else add to the universe that the man created? He flew the franchise as far as it could go, but now it's time for somebody else to take a crack at it. It's like your own child. You have to let it go someday and grow by itself. That's what Stan Lee did.
7:55AM on 12/09/2015
I can agree witht he cover band label. Not even in a bad way. But it's the kind of thing we can take or leave based our own opinion of how well it plays with the other movies. When they scrapped his treatment, that's what it became. No judgment on my part though. Maybe the treatment was shit.
I can agree witht he cover band label. Not even in a bad way. But it's the kind of thing we can take or leave based our own opinion of how well it plays with the other movies. When they scrapped his treatment, that's what it became. No judgment on my part though. Maybe the treatment was shit.
4:29PM on 12/08/2015
I really don't factor Georges opinion into what I am anticipating with TFA.
I really don't factor Georges opinion into what I am anticipating with TFA.
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4:22PM on 12/08/2015

Who cares what he thinks

I really don't think we should be listening to anything lucas is saying about this film. The guy thinks he made good films with the prequels.... I'm sure there will be plenty of soap opera stuff, but if you remember the soap Opera stuff didn't happen until Empire Strikes Back.
I really don't think we should be listening to anything lucas is saying about this film. The guy thinks he made good films with the prequels.... I'm sure there will be plenty of soap opera stuff, but if you remember the soap Opera stuff didn't happen until Empire Strikes Back.
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4:05PM on 12/08/2015
Did he not say this like two weeks ago?
Did he not say this like two weeks ago?
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4:03PM on 12/08/2015
I wouldn't worry about the drama being reduced in favor of nostalgia because there are simply too many hints that certain characters from opposing sides may have a connection to one another/ a connection to the original characters and that is going to make for some great drama right there. Abrahms won't pull another Super 8 on us and deliver something based solely on reverence for another film. He was given the reins with this pic and I'm sure he forged his own path together with Lawrence
I wouldn't worry about the drama being reduced in favor of nostalgia because there are simply too many hints that certain characters from opposing sides may have a connection to one another/ a connection to the original characters and that is going to make for some great drama right there. Abrahms won't pull another Super 8 on us and deliver something based solely on reverence for another film. He was given the reins with this pic and I'm sure he forged his own path together with Lawrence Kasdan and furthered the star wars mythology beyond simply winking to the originals.
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5:37PM on 12/08/2015
I really kind of agree with you except for the fact that TFA is basically going to follow ANH beat for beat, except "Obi Wan" will die in the 3rd act and "Yoda" will appear in the 3rd act. I mean, it's going to essentially be a remake with parallels from a prisoner putting a macguffin in a cute droid to the reveal of a new Death Star. And that's not being done for the fans, who I think would rather watch Luke go full Matrix. That's for safety and fear of risk
I really kind of agree with you except for the fact that TFA is basically going to follow ANH beat for beat, except "Obi Wan" will die in the 3rd act and "Yoda" will appear in the 3rd act. I mean, it's going to essentially be a remake with parallels from a prisoner putting a macguffin in a cute droid to the reveal of a new Death Star. And that's not being done for the fans, who I think would rather watch Luke go full Matrix. That's for safety and fear of risk
3:52PM on 12/08/2015

The fans don't get it! They didn't understand Jar Jar.

George Lucas must despise this movie. Its nothing more then a 'fan film' in his view. Normally, I might be inclined to side with Lucas since he created the source material, but I did watch the prequels so I won't. He thought the fans were wrong about Jar Jar. George probably watched JJs desert planet scenes and could not believe the lack of elephant-looking creatures in the background of each shot. Plus, throw in zero referenced to midichlorians and death sticks and the man is just pissed.
George Lucas must despise this movie. Its nothing more then a 'fan film' in his view. Normally, I might be inclined to side with Lucas since he created the source material, but I did watch the prequels so I won't. He thought the fans were wrong about Jar Jar. George probably watched JJs desert planet scenes and could not believe the lack of elephant-looking creatures in the background of each shot. Plus, throw in zero referenced to midichlorians and death sticks and the man is just pissed.
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