I watched the first Star Wars movies (IV) at 11 in 1977. Of course in awe!
When the “greatly anticipated” second trilogy began in 1999, I remember a splendid interview of George Lucas – criticized for writing and characters (oh Jar Jar Binks…) – who really blew a fuse, telling that he was not a god, that he did what he can, and that it was just a movie! It was really a “If you’re not satisfied with it, good to you!”. I loved that! I could imagine the pressure on his back…
Hardcore fans, people who really want to make a Jedi religion, plus the Internet, are like a boiling crowd. If a new Star Wars is too close of the beginning, it’s bad. If it’s too adventurous, it’s bad. Why so serious?
Yesterday I watched the new Star Wars (The Last Jedi), and I found a little pattern, a vector-motto. If you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read the rest!
- Rey wants to be taught how to tame the Force, and Luke mocks her about what she “thinks she knows” about it.
- When she thinks she “feels” something, rolling eyes Luke is tickling her hand with a long grass.
- Luke wants to set the sacred books of Jedi on fire, and Yoda… accelerates it, burning the whole place to ashes, laughing at Luke being sooo serious about a few boring books nobody really read (“Page turners, they are not”, haha).
- Yoda to Luke : “Skywalker, still looking to the horizon. Never here, now, hmm?”.
- Poe mocks the seriousness (and uses it) of General Hux (Hugs. With an ‘H’. Skinny guy. Kinda pasty”).
- Leia has to stun Poe, damned serious about his mutiny.
- Snoke: [to Kylo Ren] You are no Vader. You are just a child in a mask.
- Kylo Ren destroying Rey’s intense hope about her parents (“They were filthy junk traders. Sold you off for drinking money”.). Hop.
“The greatest teacher, failure is”…
I’m sure I could find much more. It’s a constant pattern here :
“Don’t be that serious, silly!”
I would add : these are just movies, let’s have fun.
Thanks for reading!