Tuesday, December 21, 2010

STAR WARS...Shut Up and Get Over It.

or...How I Learned to Stop Caring and Move On 
The original Star Wars has probably started more young, impressionable minds down a nerdy path than any other film, book, tv series, or comic ever has.  What's not to like? There are cool costumes, outer space, some weird magic shit, cool locations, aliens, dudes that talk in cool voices, guns, explosions, swords that light up different colors...the list goes on. More importantly, you have great characters involved in a compelling plot, all stretched out over 3 movies.

When "A New Hope" came out in 1977, it was a runaway success and the films that followed broke all kinds of records, and was accompanied with a merchandising barrage that was unstoppable. All well and good. Great movie, toys, bed sheets, action figures, tooth brushes, bubble bath, etc.

Fast forward 20 years and grown men are still collecting toys and buying up new versions of the films they already own. Star Wars went from something EVERYONE likes, to something nerds obsess over.

The prequels/tv shows/videogames came out and started a huge ground swell of nerdy complaints (and assumably, asthma attacks).  Lucas "let everybody down", he's a monster and yadda yadda.  Those complaints may be valid, but step back a second:  You loved these movies as a kid and that nostalgia held over for 20+ years.  There is absolutely NO CHANCE that you are going to feel the same way about a movie as an adult as you did when you were a child...unless you're in a state of arrested development, which it seams a lot of Star Wars fans are (especially in the trailer above).

Everyone hates the prequels except one demographic, oddly not represented in that trailer.  Children.  I've never heard a kid complain that Jar Jar Binks was annoying, Han Solo shouldn't have shot first, Anakin Skywalker was a wuss, or about anything concerning computer animation. I think its safe to say that most kids think that the new movies are awesome.

So, it can be inferred that Star Wars nerds are more childish than actual children.

I've bought my fair share of Star Wars junk, I own all the movies and watch them with my kids,  I like the original series more than the prequels, I'm just not making movies about how "George Lucas raped my childhood".

Please feel free to comment and let me know how wrong I am.

(posted by Douger)

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