“They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that. I like — every movie, I worked very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships — you know, to make it new.
I love [the movies], I created them, I’m very intimately involved in them, and I sold them to the white slavers that take these things and …”
Thankfully, this new film was packed with everything I dug about the original films. Sure it was a soft reboot, and I heard reviewers making similar statements, and I think I was really bothered by that notion (part of the reason I waited). I figured if a person couldn't come up with an original Star Wars tale, and could just rehash the same old story of the Rebellion and an Empire and droids and X-wings and a giant weapon...then I simply couldn't be bothered. At work when people seemed surprised I didn't see the film in the theaters, I would say "I already saw Star Wars....in 1977." I think I'm a jerk.
Anyways, we loved it. We laughed. We loved the characters, loved the nostalgia. Loved hating the new "Empire," which made stormtroopers truly scary and hateable. Sure Abrams was pressing our buttons, but I think he was doing something else. Helping us purge the Lucas Betrayal. Getting Star Wars back to where it should be. Back to where I needed it to be. Viewing this film was shockingly therapeutic and cathartic.
|Thanks, George, for making the prequels different - with different planets and different spaceships, and for making it new.|