Monday 29 May 2017

Mic Wright: Star Wars is for kids, not nostalgia addicts

Disney has bought George Lucas' film company and will make three new Star Wars movies
Disney has bought George Lucas' film company and will make three new Star Wars movies

I THINK the worst part about Disney promising at least three more Star Wars movies following its $4bn acquisition of Lucasfilm is that we’ll all be forced to see them.

Remember how George Lucas sent storm troopers door-to-door to ensure everyone witnessed the wonder of Jar Jar Binks in the prequels? That was, of course, after he made us all buy the remastered versions of the original trilogy on DVD, thereby permanently destroying the joy and wonder of childhood forever.

No. Wait. My mistake. All the howling and gnashing of teeth that has followed yesterday’s announcement is just another manifestation of the weird entitlement felt by Star Wars fans. The same moaning has accompanied Lucas’s every move since Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released in 1999. The anger of the nerds was further stoked by the director’s meddling with the original trilogy, making CGI tweaks and changing whole scenes – plenty of younger Star Wars watchers will never know that Han shot first.

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