The Force Be Damned
It has taken many years, but I have finally joined the one-percenters. I have absolutely, positively no interest in seeing another Star Wars movie.
I guess that means I have gone to the dark side!
Let me take you back a long time ago to a galaxy far, far away in 1977 when the first film arrived.
Jimmy Carter had been elected president in a mood of optimism after the rugged days of Watergate and the resignation of Richard Nixon. A few years later, the United States limped through a terrible economy and a battered reputation as a result of the hostage crisis in Iran.
Even though I was not a big Elvis fan, the King died that year. A blackout crippled New York City. We needed some hope that good would will out eventually.
So the first edition–now the fourth chapter after three later/earlier films–arrived on movie screens with high tech and high hopes. The film included two hunks and a beauty, and the comforting strength of Alec Guinness. The next two films brought an entertaining and interesting conflict between the Empire and its adversaries. The plot was simple: good vs. evil.
After three relatively mediocre prequels, the latest edition of Star Wars looms as potentially the biggest box office hit in history.
Maybe there is a connection between hope and despair that once again makes this theme an enticing one. But he main theme has to do with escapism from a world of uncertainty.
Star Wars ain’t no Godfather I and II. Yes, III was terrible. Star Wars is more like the excruciating Rocky series, which just added a new edition, or the bevy of action flicks that seem more like brutal video games made for the big screen. Although I must admit, I did like the Hunger Games.
I wish all the Star Wars devotees well. May they realize how much more they are putting in the pockets of The New Empire, my former employer, Disney. Now that’s a company with some serious one-percenters who take advantage of suckers like Star Wars fans almost every day.
All you have to do is take a mini-glimpse of what Disney calls news on its ABC stations. Actually, don’t do that. It would only add more money to the Disney pocketbooks to produce more schlock.