|You Won't Have George Lucas to |
Kick Around Anymore
The debate over the impact that the prequel trilogy had on the Star Wars legacy may never end. How good (or bad) those three movies are is a topic for a future post, or series of posts, or a series of Congressional hearings. Some say that only George Lucas could have ruined the Star Wars franchise. Whether you believe that he succeeded or not is yet another topic for debate. But one thing is clear now that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm. Someone other than George Lucas will now have their crack at ruining Star Wars.
|Episode VII Screenwriter Michael|
Arndt Won an Oscar for Little Miss
|A Beatles Reunion Would Have Been Destined to Dissapoint...|
Just Like the Prequels
|Jar Jar Was the Scapegoat, But Not Totally |
to Blame for Disenchanting Star Wars Fans
Did he have better dialog to work with than Jar Jar?
Absolutely! Is Anthony Daniels a better actor than Ahmad Best? Absolutely! Was
Jar Jar an over the top attempt at connecting to kids and selling action
figures and Halloween costumes? Absolutely! Were both characters written to be
annoying? Absolutely! The difference is that Jar Jar also annoyed the people on
the other side of the movie screen. Simply put, C-3PO worked and Jar Jar
didn’t, regardless of the reasons. Did many people think that some of Mark
Hammil’s performance was corny and not his best work? Absolutely! But it wasn’t
enough to destroy the movie. There was too much good about Star Wars to allow
it the imperfections to tarnish our view of it. AND Star Wars was not trying to
fill the shoes of three larger than life older brothers who were prom king, won
every sports trophy, got straight As, and dated the head cheerleader throughout
|C-3PO was Annoying, But the Character |
Worked and We Loved Him
|Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker|
The children of the prequel trilogy generation, are now young adults. If you were ten when Phantom Menace was released, you will have been on the planet for about a quarter-century by the time Episode VII opens in theaters. Chances are that if you became a Star Wars fan and were baptized into Lucas’ Church of the Force during the release of the prequel trilogy, you are willing to give a new trilogy a chance. But if your parent was a Star Wars fan, you grew up hearing about how great Star Wars was and how much of a genius George Lucas was, and were dragged to three movies that you felt didn’t live up to the hype, you are probably not salivating for another trip to the galaxy far, far, away. If the Force is not strong among the entire prequel trilogy generation, the box office receipts will not be strong either. Considering how important the 18-34 crowd is in the entertainment economy today, it is hard to underestimate the power of the prequel generation in the success of Episode VII.
|George, Carrie, Mark, & Friends|
However, before Disney/Lucasfilm can woo the right demographics, they have to make a good film. So what will make Episode VII a success?
For our opinions, check back for Part II of this post coming soon.......
UPDATE: See Part II by clicking the link below:
Episode VII: Can It Bring Back Star Wars? Part II