'Five ways to save Star Wars'. That was the headline of an article on rogerebert.com. I could not resist clicking and seeing what these film critics had to say about the films. Then I could not resist letting off steam.
"Star Wars is losing its steam". Immediately with this first sentence, the author of this piece to catch my attention. I am not going to devote too much attention here, but I find your lack of faith disturbing.
'Five Ways to Save Star Wars' appeared on a film website dedicated to Roger Ebert. Roger Ebert was an American film recital and winner of a Pulitzer prize. The website dedicated to him is partly filled with content from writers worldwide. Similarly, the article 'Five ways to save Star Wars' by Omer Mozaffar.
Positive to Empire and Sith
The first way according to Mozaffar is to make a trilogy that is positive to the Empire and the Sith. At first glance, I thought this was a cool idea. Films that focus on the 'inner workings' of the Empire and the Sith, as you also look at the 'bad guys' at the Godfather.
Looking at these parties positively seems somewhat forced, but a look at the Star Wars universe from the point of view of the bad guys seems genuinely interesting to me. Of course we have enough scenes and other material about how things are going on in Palpatine's realm, but I would really like it more.
However, it turned out that this was not quite the idea of Mozaffar. Mozaffar pitches a change of the canon. He wants the inspiration of the Empire to be adjusted on the basis of new sources of inspiration and both the origins of the Empire and the Sith within the canon are adjusted so that viewers get more sympathy for the parties.
So that seems to me completely the wrong way. You adapt a continuity that has been established since the seventies and something similar to the creation of Star Wars: Legends. Yes, you give more space to future writers and filmmakers to do their own thing, but you also destroy years of existing work and ideas and stories that fans have already become attached to.
If that is really what you want to do to draw fans back to Star Wars and 'breathe new life', then in my opinion you will no longer have any love for the story.
Grab the system
The next point of Mozaffar is to address the established order. According to Mozaffar, the old films are filled with political commentary and the new films miss this. The writer wants Star Wars to go back to these politically critical roots because 'his country', America, 'needs it'.
I have always found it cool when films get inspiration from reality. But when a science fiction epic is guided by the fact that it wants to deliver the comment to the world, instead of telling a nice story, then you are lost.
For me, Star Wars escapism to another universe where I am fascinated by new worlds and figures. I look for the fantastic story and live up to it. I do not always have to face the harsh reality of the world, I can see that enough in daily life.
The third option, according to Mozaffar, is a reboot of the Star Wars canon. He also wants a replacement film for this The Phantom Menace.
Tell him, Luke.
Take Star Wars to television
In itself, good point. Bit of a shame that Mozaffar immediately catches Star Trek, but otherwise I have little to say here. We have had several TV shows about Star Wars and they were / are very nice.
Different perspectives and ways of telling Star Wars stories are all for me. There is plenty to see and do in the universe.
Mozaffar continues with the assumption that Star Wars needs a complexity as seen by the heroes (and baddies) in the Marvel universe. Characters who struggle with inner contradictions and moral dilemmas. I totally agree that this complexity makes a film interesting, but if I have understood correctly, that is entirely what Star Wars is about.
Characters who struggle with the good and the evil in themselves. Who are led by one of these two and have to undergo the consequences of their choices. Figures have gone through hell and gone or dreaming about the future of the universe. Star Wars is full of complexity.
It is not often that I am really surprised about an article by a professional reviewer. But that is probably the only one of Mozaffar's five rescues that I am impressed by.
The creativity and variety of fantasies
Everyone has seen fantasies pass by about what "actually" would be going on in the Star Wars films. Secret identities of Sith lords to "secret" origins of locations from the films; Phantoms are available in all shapes and sizes. (Lake…)
The Future of the Star Wars
One of our most involved forummembers and regular visitors to the site, Marko, wanted to share his opinion in the form of a short column about the future of Star Wars with our followers. Do you also want to share something? Let us know!
In the coming years, a lot will happen in the Star Wars universe. Partially confirmed. The closing, third (IX) part of the sequel trilogy, and according to JJ Abrams of the entire saga. A series of films by Benioff and Weis, which made the much praised Game of Thrones. A trilogy by Rian Johnson. A television series by Jon Favreau for the future Disney streaming service, which will play a few years after Return of The Jedi. A new animation series, which even has a name, Resistance. Unofficially the strongest rumors are about an Obi Wan Kenobi film that would be directed by Stephen Daldry and a Boba Fett movie by James Mangold.
But before that happens, there must first be bitten by the sour apple that is the present. Solo makes a financial stumbling. Anyway, that is a fact. Is that going to affect the aforementioned future?
Yes. All possible other causes have been set aside, ostensibly the world is not very much waiting for origin stories from well-known Star Wars characters. Of course, the divided opinion about The Last Jedi has not escaped the people at Lucasfilm. If you assume how 'easy' Kathleen Kennedy puts active directors on non-active, it seems no problem to cancel scheduled films. All this adds up to wonder if we will ever see the Rian Johnsons trilogy and whether the rumors about a Boba Fett and an Obi Wan movie will always remain rumors.
During all this, Lucasfilm remains silent, outward. It seems as if the walls are being raised higher and higher. There is a feeling of tension. If you do not say anything, you can not say anything wrong, or anything like that. Would they really wait for the next Star Wars Celebration, 2019 in Chicago, to give the longing fans something of certainty. Lucasfilm should quickly open the gates. Provide information about the upcoming projects, perhaps even engage in dialogue with fans. To date, however, it remains silent, dead silent and that whole glorious future of Star Wars is just as uncertain as who the parents of Rey are.
Is risk taking good for Star Wars?
Has Star Wars become more interesting because it dares to take risks? Has Star Wars become better or worse, now that it is taking new direction and making choices based on what is good for the story and not what the fans want?