What bothered me the most was not that he didn't care for the
it was the inane, sweeping generalizations of why Star Wars does not
the hype and prestige it still retains to this day.
First, the fact that he claims that Star Wars "ripped off"
Legends and gets away with it, while other movies are accused of
Obviously he must be unaware that Lucas not only did this on purpose,
states that these movies are in homage to these ancient tales; he
new way of telling, and honoring, old myths. Would you consider "The
Magnificent Seven" a rip off? Though it was based on the movie "Seven
Samuri", which in turn was based on asian legends? And the movies that
"black listed" as rip offs, were they also based on legends? Or were
trying to capitalize on Star Wars appeal? It would have helped if you
have named some movies, used some actual facts to back up your
Second was the statement of how most people don't realize that
did not direct, nor write, Empire Strikes Back. What a ridicules
generalization. We're talking about fans who know how many parsecs it
Han Solo to make the Kessel Run. Did you think the fact of who
Empire would escape us? As if you were the first to pull open the
and show that there is no Oz.
I am a true, and avid fan of the original trilogy. That does not
that I am not aware of the faults and weaknesses of George Lucas. I
care for Episode 1 and 2. I also realize that the first 3 have there
as well. Josh is not the first to point out the dialouge and acting.
brings us to the core of his rant....Why? Why has it withstood the
time? Why are people still such passionate fans?
The revolutionary special effects is only part of the answer. The
that it's based on older legends gives it a solid foundation. Mix all
that with cheesy (but earnestly delivered) dialouge, the "adequate
and that unforgettable score. Now add a young girl sitting in a dark
theater and experiencing all of it for the first time. Ask any fan and
will relate to you the first time they saw Star Wars. A good part of
love for these movies is how they felt as a child being swept to a
far, far away.
So tell Josh to take his Ritalin and relax. It is not for him to understand. The time for understanding past him by long ago, and him the lesser for it. Star Wars is not to be examined by each of it's flawed pieces, but by the magic it gives when experienced as a whole.