Fandom is hard to fathom. Pundits can try their best to attribute the success of one property over another but none can provide a conclusive answer. Schlocky science fiction permeated popular media before creator and director George Lucas proved to Hollywood the viability of a well budgeted space drama even if the science within remained schlocky.
Over the years legend was built around the 1977’s “Star Wars”. Talk of how audiences in 1976 were awestruck when the Imperial Star Destroyer appeared on screen in the trailer, serpentine queues forming for blocks as crowds clamoured to join Luke Skywalker and gang on their quest and of how life changing the experience was.
Being born in the 80’s I can relate to a lot of these things. Though I fear I’ll sound like an old man I have to say times were simpler. Movies were too. Special Effects even more so. Our attention wasn’t as divided and when our parents brought us to the cinema it was often for something remarkable. Unfortunately, people of my generation weren’t the pioneer group. Most of us either caught Star Wars on VHS tapes or during a television screening. Nonetheless such thrilling visuals would leave an indelible mark on any child.
What I don’t understand is how grown men, 5, 10 years or even more years my junior, claim to be moved by Star Wars?!?! Are they just riding the bandwagon of being Star Wars geeks? I’ve yet to find a soul that’ll attest to this but how come there aren’t people in that age group proclaiming their love for “Labyrinth” or “The NeverEnding Story” which were more of their time?
This isn’t an elitist sentiment. Although I acknowledge the position Star Wars has earned in the zeitgeist I never fancied it all that much. Just wish I could decipher the appeal of false fan-hood. Digress I have.
My lack of enthusiasm is perhaps why I was never significantly bothered by 1997’s “The Star Wars Special Edition”. Watching a beloved series on the big screen for the first time appealed to me as a film lover. Being a non-fan helped me sit through it without nitpicking the changed George Lucas made to his most memorable works.
Now as a film lover the changes do bother me. Though the argument exists that tampering with existing works allows the creator to add something they weren’t able to but I’m of McFly school of thought that you shouldn’t go back in time to alter history. Dated as some things may become, and all things do, there’s a intangible charm to it.
Check out the following videos by YouTuber Marcelo Zuniga and judge for yourself if the changed mandated in the original Star Wars trilogy were necessary.
Check out“All Changes Made to Star Wars: A New Hope (Comparison Video) PART I” on alcaTsar blog:
Check out “All Changes Made to Star Wars: A New Hope (Comparison Video) PART II” on alcaTsar blog:
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Cast & Crew Information:
|Producers||:||Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk|
|Screenplay||:||J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas|
|Cast||:||Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Max von Sydow, Greg Grunberg|
|Website||:||Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens official site|
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore Release Date:
|Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Malaysia Release Date||:||17 December 2015|
|Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Philippines Release Date||:||17 December 2015|
|Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Singapore Release Date:||:||17 December 2015|
|Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens UK Release Date:||:||18 December 2015|
|Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens U.S. Release Date:||:||18 December 2015|