A New Galaxy
Landlines and pay phones, made way for cellular phones. Cellular phones fell back into the shadow of smart phones. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theaters, worldwide, on December 15, 2017. The movie’s approach is not a bad thing, but it is a different movie experience for filmgoers. I approached this in the same way I did Capcom’s Street Fighter III. There is a comfort in playing Street Fighter II, in all its versions. You can play Street Fighter II: Turbo Hyper Fighting, or Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, and the addition of speed, or the inclusion of more opponents makes the game different. However, it is not so different. The face, feel, the familiar move sets, and reactions to the game are the same. Street Fighter III, and every iteration afterword, had to be a different animal. The game moved away from its arcade roots. It is a game for today. Everything is much faster, crisper, simply digital, and near absent of analog. It is a necessary change for a have-it-now society. Star Wars has to be different too. It is not because of Star Wars Episodes I through III either.
George’s American Influence
A young adult, from Modesto, California has a passion for cars and motor racing. He wanted to be a racecar driver, badly. A deadly racing accident almost took his life. George Lucas decided to go into film school. He attended the University of Southern California. He met with fellow greats, like Francis Ford Coppola, as he grew in experience. He had a misstep with a wild movie, Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4E. In 1973, he created the truly successful American Graffiti. You can visit Biography’s website for more on George Lucas. Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope, after a serious struggle, hit the movie theaters in 1977. This became a massive success. We all know what happened to George Lucas afterward. Here we are at Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth film. It will, and must, come from a different inspiration.
J.J. Abrams started this generation on the solid film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This movie marries the past mythos to a new legacy. In the end, the great science fiction piece now continues with a different perspective on behalf of Rian Johnson. The man, a product of Maryland who finds a home in San Clemente, California, now determines Star War’s future fate. Rian Johnson is responsible for the films Brick (2005), The Brothers Bloom (2008), and the epic Looper in 2012. This film does not come from American Graffiti. See Brick. It will give you comfort in Star War’s future. Johnson’s Looper is strong, science fiction, as well. The movie opens with a man in a field. He checks his watch. He waits for something to appear on a cloth in front of him. He seems ready for it, with a gun in his hand. A body appears from out of nowhere on the cloth, under a hood. This person under the hood is shot. The movie goes on to be a ride. A man from the future has a confrontation with himself. Looper establishes how time travel rules from that past, can affect the present, future, and vice versa. The protagonist tries to change the future.This main character tries to eliminate a dangerous enemy in the past. The movie becomes a great adventure, with high stakes, with some epic time travel elements in-between. Looper is a must-see film. It is solid, but how does this apply to the Star Wars universe?
The Last Jedi
Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a few jobs. The tone had to match the previous installments. The light sabers had to burn bright, and dangerous. An epic, deadly antagonist had to orchestrate a plan. The epic, deadly antagonist’s right hand, with back-up evil forces, had to deal out physical injustice across a galaxy. A legendary hero must emerge to stop the antagonists. A good rebellion must rise to help stop the evil empire. This is all there. However, the story takes a different turn. The powerful hero in this story is from out of nowhere. Her great abilities are in place and grow in strength. Rey, the legendary hero, seems to focus on getting home until she witnesses great evil. She uses her abilities to fight back against darkness. However, she understands she must learn how to use those abilities. She needs, and seeks, a teacher. The epic, deadly antagonist’s evil right hand is not deliberate, after committing a heinous act. Kylo Ren, this evil right hand, is not like Darth Vader. He must work hard to be evil. He bleeds. He lashes out with emotional, destructive outbursts, on inanimate objects, when things do not work out. He kills people, but must build himself up to murder. The epic, deadly antagonist, Supreme Leader Snoke, seems to serve a role similar to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. However, Rey’s teacher, who might be Luke Skywalker, seems hesitant to play his opposition. Watch the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailers. Luke Skywalker resists his role as a teacher to Rey. He seems to want to end the purpose of the Jedi, because of a chaotic past.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi seems like it will be messy. I believe this same mess will enter into the ninth film, as well. I remember seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It is a Star Wars movie where good must take on evil. It just has different wrinkles. This is the first time I felt fantasy evil had a real, dark face. It is similar to a cult group. Rey, and Kylo Ren, specifically seem to be the focus, in this series. Our hero might hear evil principles, in some way, and find a peace in accepting evil. Kylo Ren might just find a reason to be good and decent, with just the right words. There is even the possibility that both characters find some middle ground, or fit into their common good and evil roles. In any case, it is messy. It seems like it will end messy. Luke Skywalker’s trilogy touched on the blur between what is good and evil. In the end, we understood Luke Skywalker’s positive purpose in that series. The Anakin Skywalker films dove deeper into this same idea. In the end, Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. Star Wars: The Last Jedi looks like the movie that will put all of the dirty laundry out. We will have to accept the end reality of the galaxy, far, far away.