I read a blog yesterday in which George Lucas was quoted as saying that he disliked ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. Frankly I found it all a bit strange.
Lucas has said that Disney ignored his script ideas and instead opted to go in a more fan-friendly direction with the film. “They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway” said Lucas “but if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that anymore, and all I would do is muck everything up. And so I said, ‘Okay, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”
Hold on a second here, George. You sold Lucasfilm (and the Rights to future Star Wars movies) to Disney for $4.05bn; so I’m afraid you don’t really get to express dislike at the direction they took the film in. That said, given that Lucas wrote the story, it’s kind of expected that people what to hear his comments.
Here’s the thing: Episodes I, II and III were poor. At least they were to a diehard fan like me who saw the original films in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The CGI was too heavy, many of the characters unbelievable and the story far too political. The only part of Revenge of the Sith I liked was the last 30 minutes and only because it showed Anakin Skywalker’s progression to Darth Vader.
In all honesty you could just watch that part of Episode III and then watch A New Hope…and you would have lost absolutely nothing in terms of the back story. A New Hope was the best place to start and Lucas knew it – which is why he chose it as his first ptoduction film. Those prequel films were, to me, pretty hopeless.
For me, Lucas got far to interested in effects as the films progressed and lost his was. As such, he lost trust in The Force of real storylines and moved to the Darkside of over-the-top animations.
Some critics have labelled ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ as a reboot of ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’ and in some ways I can understand their position. There were also some continuity errors in places but they were forgivable. However, any real fan of Star Wars knows that the two films (and storylines) are still very far apart.
I wanted to see a fan film when I went to the cinema – not a Lucas-heavy CGI and politics ridden film – and that’s exactly what I got. I think Disney and JJ Abrams did a stellar job and I’m glad George Lucas won’t get a say anymore.