So, I’m a fan.
I’ve been on the Star Wars train since I first saw that humongous ship chasing the little one on a movie screen in Dayton, Ohio back in 1977…and I was ten. Star Wars opened up a whole new world for me. A world of adventure, comradery, space travel, and mysticism. Have I seen all the movies? Yes. Read all the books? No. bought the comic books? A few. Made a costume for conventions? Yep, see above.
Now, that being said, every little thing Star Wars does isn’t magic. The prequel trilogy was a big disappointment, and I need only mention the Star Wars Holiday Special once. Which brings us to Holywood’s latest installment, The Last Jedi.
Hardcore fans have rejected it, even going so far to circulate an online petition demanding The Last Jedi be removed from “official Star Wars canon.” Mark Hamill, has even come out against the film for its portrayal of his own character, Luke Skywalker! But as for me, I had a good time at the movies.
Blasphemy you say! Perhaps, but I never was one for orthodoxy anyway.
Oh, I still do have some quibbles with the movie. I thought the pacing was too fast and that they tried to cram too much action into the movie and not enough character and world development. As for Luke portrayed as a grumpy old bastard, well people change and it’s been over thirty years since we last saw this character, and it worked for the story.
And speaking of the story…it wasn’t Luke’s. Nore was it Leia’s. This is a new story of Poe, Rey, Fin, and Rose. And frankly, I like these characters and want to see more of them. Face it, this isn’t the old Star Wars, it’s the next generation Star Wars. And just like, next-gen Star Trek new ground is being plowed.
Frankly, I don’t see how ANY movie company can continue with ANY major sci-fi franchize without pissing off old fans. It is impossible to recreate the past, however, some people will simply never accept that. My solution is for Holywood to start producing…brace for the shock, new material! Great science fiction ideas are all over the internet. Many a new screenwriter, novelist, or comic book artist is right now begging to get their ideas before an audience. And with fresh material, you don’t have legions of old fans complaining about how you failed to do it right. You instead have a new opportunity to entice new fans who will love your thing.
And, Hollywood, if you’re reading this blog, I have an author to recommend. 🙂
By Clayton J. Callahan