By W.T. Bane
If you are anything like me, you are a little excited about the new Star Wars movie. I grew up on the franchise. I have had the three pack of the original trilogy on VHS longer than I can remember. I saw Revenge of the Sith in theaters 8 times simply because I thought it was the last time I would get to see a Star Wars movie in theaters and took advantage of that opportunity as many times as I could before it disappeared. I traveled across the country to Anaheim earlier this year to be with 60,000 other people in celebration of Star Wars. I’ve tried but can’t seem to find anything else to write about on the site other than my excitement for Star Wars. I’ve seen the trailers more times than I can count. I have preordered tickets for the first showing available in an IMax that’s three hours away from my home that I’m making a special trip just to see the film in the best way possible. My prized possession is my autographed Empire Strikes Back poster. I have a countdown on my phone to the minute of the showtime and I’m already planning on which costume to wear for the occasion. To say that Star Wars is on my mind currently, is a bit of an understatement, and I know I’m not alone in this.
People are scrounging throughout the internet trying to find out every piece of information they can before the show. They want to know everything. Amazon had a puzzle for sale that in the description said it was a puzzle of Finn Calrissian and everyone acted like it was either breaking news or the biggest fallacy in news reporting since Bigfoot. There are people with claimed leaked scripts or knowledge of what the movie tells. Everyone is up in arms about what may or may not happen. Is Finn a Jedi? Is he not? Is he the star? Is Rey? All we care about is Star Wars.
Not too long ago, Trevor wrote a piece about how he thought there was a chance that the movie may suck. Let’s just say it wasn’t well received by the internet community. I can’t remember a time when people were this feverish for an upcoming film, I myself included. It was still nothing compared to the recent Fox News backlash when a certain female went on air practically insulting everyone who loves the franchise (she did go a little too far). Even look back years ago when Disney erased the Eu canon and stated they would be striking out on fresh ground. Fans were up in arms that the canon they had followed was gone. Something they felt a part of was vanished and something new was to take its place. Immediately there was concern about the quality of the new franchise if it didn’t follow the old canon. The point is, we are all completely wrapped up in this fever we can’t bare to think of what the world will be like if the movie doesn’t live up to expectations.
That’s the thing though. No matter what happens, it’s still just a movie. Two hours will pass by and it could be the greatest movie in the world or the absolute worst, but it would still be just a movie. When was the last time a movie really changed the world? I mean really change it. When did a movie end war or famine? Movies will make waves through the zeitgeist of the era but fade in time without real change on the world. The only thing they really change is the way we perceive other entertainment.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Star Wars with a fiery passion. I debate the merits of the prequels with the other members of Nerd Union frequently and watch the originals several times a year. Star Wars did open me up to a whole new world of other entertainment that influenced who I was. I grew up to love comic books and video games and Star Trek (yes you can love both) and it has helped shape my views of the world. But has Star Wars helped me make a difference in the actual world around me? If anything it has only distracted me from the actual world further.
Did you know there is an election going on? I’ve heard about it but have I cared? No! Want to know why? There’s a Star Wars coming out! If I have a choice between reading a post on the evils of Isis and a fan theory on Luke being or not being Kylo Ren, what do I end up reading? Star Wars.
That brings me back to the point earlier of what if the new movie sucks? We live in an era where people can completely disregard such items entirely and live in an entertainment world of their canonical choosing. Don’t like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? Just don’t buy it and watch 1-3. I hate Harry Potter. I read all the books and hated the last three. So do you know what I did? I never watched the last few movies, sold the books and movies I had, moved on, and didn’t think about them again till now. This new Muppet show that I hate, it isn’t happening to me. I’m just waiting for the next relaunch.
People can choose to get up in arms about it if they wish, but whether it’s good or bad it’s still just entertainment. It’s not the real world where events actually matter to a point of life and death. If the new movie sucks, life will go on. There will be plenty more Star Wars films and I hope each and everyone of them will be good.
What started this whole idea was a conversation between Kenny and I about his review of Spectre. He didn’t like it and I did. I thought it was another medium Bond film and was enjoyable for two hours. He hated it because he expected so much more out of it post Skyfall. That was the difference. I didn’t even think about the movie till I got to the screening and I enjoyed it for what it was. I didn’t even know there was another Pixar movie coming out this year because all I’ve thought about recently is Star Wars. We are all in an unhealthy obsession with a piece of fiction over whether how good or bad it will be. Maybe if we all just realize it is just a movie, then we can go in and just enjoy it for what it is or isn’t. If it does suck then everything will be ok. There will be other things to distract us from the things that actually matter in the world.
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