I was born too late to see the original Star Wars movies in the cinema. Instead, my first exposure to the classic trilogy came on a small screen, watching my off-TV VHS recordings so often that I can still tell you where the commercial breaks are supposed to come from.
Even watching Admiral Ackbar, AT-ATs, and asteroids on a 14-inch, 4: 3 TV, Star Wars felt like the best ever. But I still missed the opportunity to watch the New Hope, the Empire Strike Back, and the Jedi Return on the Bigger Screen – an opportunity that came with the 1997 Specials.
Without swallowing the boring debate about whether Han Solo should / shouldn’t shoot first (he should clearly), it was immediately clear that the theater was where Star Wars belonged. In addition to enjoying watching the space battles and the thriving THX soundtrack, I suddenly noticed that Hoth had an extra AT-ST that was left out of the pan and scan version – these things matter.
For a movie fan, there are few experiences that would fit the expectation of sitting full in the movie theater watching the icon “Long, Far Away, Far Away … dissolve into the famous John Williams fanfare and a whole new opening. I am one of the IMAX cinemas in London The first screening of The Force Awakens is still one of the highlights of my journalistic career. their childhood.
In other words, Star Wars movies are kind of a big deal to me – so it’s weird to say I could live without ever seeing one on the big screen again. In fact, I would go as far as I would say that Lucasfilm should give new Star Wars a mission season.
Making Star Wars movies is a challenging movement. Even if you take on the complexity of juggling a huge actor, multiple series, and thousands of effects, you’re also fighting the weight of expectations. Because more than any other franchise program, Star Wars movies are impossible – even live trio movies we watch through the rose-toned glasses of nostalgia.
The truths we stick to
Satisfying the legacy of the original trilogy is more complicated than just making a quality film. Whether justified or not, every Star Wars movie is forever doomed to New Hope, Counterattack to the Empire, and the Return of the Jedi. Thanks to the original films, a huge proportion of fans ‘know’ exactly what they think Star Wars should be. The problem is that it means different things to different people – a situation that earns filmmakers an impossible cursed cleanup if you do, cursed if you don’t.
For example, if you go down the entertaining, highly lucrative route that JJ Abrams used with The Force Awakens, some fans say you’ve simply taken a safe alternative and made a loose-deck version of the original film. If you go the other way – as Rian Johnson did with the bold and brilliant but disagreed The Last Jed – other fans will say you forgot about Star Wars. Like Darth Vader’s duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi in New Hope, this is a battle that is impossible to win.
Star Wars creator George Lucas had already learned this lesson the hard way. No film in history has been expected more than The Phantom Menace in 1999, but the difference between the (unrealistic?) Expectations of the adult fan base and the filmmaker’s vision ultimately proved insurmountable. If a large audience wanted constant adventure and excitement, Lucas wanted to tell a story about politics, romance, and betrayal. Prequels ’lead dialogue and Folded performances didn’t help their cause, but in the eyes of many fans, they would always be worse simply because was not original movies.
However, Lucas was ahead of his time because he always saw Star Wars as a place for innovation and new adventures. Indeed, former Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed in his memoirs (via ScreenRant) that one of Lucas’ main criticisms of The Force Awakens was its lack of originality: “” There is nothing new ” [Lucas] said. In each film in the original trilogy, it was important for him to introduce new worlds, new stories, new characters, and new technology. Here he said: “There were not enough visual or technical jumps.”
In other words, Lucas knew that the survival of Star Wars would be limited if he continued to reconstruct the same stories in the same form. So while Disney will no doubt overwhelm the market with five new Star Wars movies in four years (Iger admitted Hollywood Reporter that it was “a little too much, too fast”), the studio’s bigger mistake was refusing – as Kylo Ren said – “to let the past die”.
Continuing the Skywalker saga, maintaining the myth of “Complaint,” and sticking to the formula of the trilogy (although three is a magic number, it is also arbitrary and restrictive), they made one of the most interesting universes in popular culture feel small. (It’s ironic that Disney’s biggest hit in the franchise, Marvel Cinematic Universe, has been successful because it wholeheartedly embraced the idea that Captain America could be completely different from the Guardians of the Galaxy story.)
Fortunately, movies are no longer the only hope for Disney and Lucasfilm. Star Wars is the first live TV show ever, Mandalorian (arguably the best Star Wars release since the return of the Jedi) was immediately freed from the shackles of the original trilogy, the rhythms of the eight-episode TV season that were so different from the rhythms of the film that Din Djarin and Baby Yoda skilfully overtook them. impossible comparison.
It’s noteworthy that the show did so without sacrificing large-screen spectacles. When Lucas tried to make a live TV show a decade earlier (rejected Star Wars Underworld), he was defeated because he felt it was impossible to produce the quality he wanted in TV budgets. Increased streaming and improvements in visual effects techniques have completely changed the landscape.
And as the animated series Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels have been on display for years, TV is the perfect tool for this distant galaxy. After all, in the 44 years since Lucas first transported us to Tatooine, his franchise service has grown into a huge universe full of people, droids and aliens who never cross paths with Jedi kings like the Skywalkers, but still have interesting stories .
I’m excited Ahsoka, Old Republic Rangers, Book by Boba Fett, Andor, Acolyte and others new The Star Wars TV programs were announced on Disney Investor Day in December because they have the opportunity to visit corners of the galaxy that the epic movie saga will never reach. I want new characters and new stories as well as the feeling that I’m looking at something I’ve never seen before.
The movies have made Star Wars, but – though I’d be happy if Patty Jenkins at work Rogue Squadron turns out to be wrong – now is the time to move on to a different path. The future of franchising is bright – it just isn’t necessarily on the big screen.