by Brad Nelson 12/18/15
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens today. And I feel a disturbance in that Force. To expect anything but schlock from J.J. Abrams is expecting too much. The only question in my mind is how vociferously people will apologize for the mediocre.
Still, Lawrence Kasdan is credited as one of the writers. He wrote and produced for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. But given Abrams’ last horrendous effort, Star Trek Into Darkness, there is no reason to believe that this new Star Wars won’t be little other than more nose-picker yute fare…suitable, at most, for 13-year-olds with little or no taste. (I can remember having at least some taste at that age.)
Anyway, I have not come to praise Vader but to bury him. This movie, somewhat like the travails of Bruce Jenner, might be of greatest service in reminding us of what once was. We can dust off those old real Star Wars movies and enjoy them again and realize that their kind will not likely pass our way again.
Anyway, if the movie is good I’m more than prepared to eat crow. If you’ve seen it, by all means share your general impressions without giving away any of the plot points.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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