DAY 18: Star Wars

Star Wars is such an old and venerable movie saga that it’s often taken for granted. It is so deeply and inextricably infused into our culture that it has become a part of ourselves, and, I often ask, why? The Original Trilogy, I own, was an excellent set of films, and it introduced the Star Wars universe in such a powerful way that people took hold of it and never let go. But what about the most recent three films? The Phantom Menace was dreadful – the confluence of terrible acting and atrocious dialogue is not conducive to an exciting or inspiring movie -, The Attack of the Clones was good, but the selection of Hayden Christensen to portray Anakin Skywalker marred what could have been an excellent film. And, before I forget to mention it, Revenge of the Sith was good, but, once again, there was the issue of acting, and some of the expressions and lines that characters make and utter in the fight scenes – particularly between Mace Windu and Darth Sidious – are so ridiculous that I shivered with displeasure.

So, why do these movies permeate our culture in such a manner? Why do we like these movies when we compare them to other, more significant works like The Lord of the Rings?

Somewhere in our subconscious, I believe that we see the beauty behind these movies, though it is hidden and rarely manifested in the movies themselves. It’s a powerful story about what evil can do to convert love into hatred, and to exploit obsessions and desires for control and dominance. But more than that, it’s a story about redemption. Darth Vader, destined to bring balance to the force, falls under the sway of the dark side initially, but the love of his son brings him back into the light at the end of it all. It’s a tale of good versus evil, epic in scope, brimming with content, and pleasant to watch. It’s the journey of a young boy who loses everything he loves, loves everything he loses, and is deceived by a maniac whose one goal is to control the galaxy.

It’s brilliant, really. It could’ve been better if someone else was writing the scripts, and someone else was directing, but the best of stories cannot be ruined by poor portrayals.

Star Wars may be imperfect – all movies are -, but it will stand the test of time as one of the classics because of the themes, the content, and the tale of redemption that many, many human beings can associate with. I personally like Star Wars. I may cringe when I see Hayden Christensen try to act like he loves Padme, uttering many pointlessly ludicrous endearments with such monotony that I want to laugh – or cry -, but when I look at the big picture, I see something sad, powerful and true.

Star Wars wallpaper, including characters from each of the six movies in the saga

In Christ,

Ryan

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2 Comments

  1. May 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    The prequels are usually put in a worse light than they deserve. At times, not the best, but I actually quite enjoyed them. Possibly more so than the original trilogy. There is one thing I don’t like though: the clone wars animated series. Honestly, they ruined Star Wars. I understand that it is for little kids, but still. Simply pathetic. For the most part, I don’t really like the clone wars time period. The emperor is in control of both sides, so what is the point? Not to say that the scheme wasn’t genius; it was. But there’s no emotion….

  2. ryan4143 said,

    June 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I enjoyed them too, but the first and second installments are a little cheesy and overdone in some cases, particularly when Anakin and Padme are talking with one another about their feeling for the other, and why they can’t be together. They don’t establish the relationship between them well enough because the acting is so dreadful, and mars the opportunity of attachment.

    I actually like the animated series… 😀 I’ll admit that it IS shallow in many quarters, but there are enough redeeming moments that I continue to watch undeterred.


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