Must Disney ruin all my favorite movies? I have many fond memories of watching the original Star Wars movies. Han, Luke, Chewie, Leia, and R2 were some of my favorite characters. The original trilogy is hands down one of the greatest trilogies in the history of motion pictures. The Prequels apart from the last movie was beyond horrible. Whoever created Jar Jar Binks should remain unemployed for the rest of their lives. The Force Awakens was a snooze fest. The character Finn is a waste of airtime.
It is important to note that in the original trilogy, there was no end to the great characters that littered the screen. Boba Fett is a splendid example, so is Hutt. Obi-Wan Kenobi for the limited amount of time that he was in the original trilogy was a tremendous presence. These new movies do not attempt to tell new stories, they seek to rewrite and react the old ones. Rogue One is the only exception. It is a stand-alone story, and it sought to explain how the Rebels got the plans for the Death Star from the original trilogy.
Examples are not difficult to find. To replace the Empire, we now have the First Order which is nothing more than a cheap knock-off. Instead of Darth-Sidious, we now have Snoke. Who is nothing more than a rip-off of Darth-Sidious. Then we have Kylo Ren. A wannabe Vader. Luke is a communal hippie who has taken a vow of non-violence. What? He spends most of VIII crying about how the Jedi Order needs to die. Now Kylo Ren is the Supreme Leader! Who cares?
The old movies drove us to care about the characters. These new movies are carbon copies that do nothing to increase the value of the universe. The characters of these new movies are not worth remembering. What is with this lightsaber? Mace Windu had to have a purple one. I guess Ren had to have a claymore. Jesus what a mess. As much money as Disney has, why can’t they hire writers that are worth a crap? I don’t even care to know how this movie comes to an end. At least in the prequel, Obi-Wan and Anakin had it out in a freaking magma pit. Freaking lava was everywhere. When a series of movies are underperforming, then the least you can do is provide a rock-em, sock-em, knock down drag out.
It is like the writers of this set of movies are just out to make money. Star Wars is not the only set of movies that is doing this. The new Star Trek movies are the same way. Between JJ Abrams, and Joss Whedon, they have almost ruined all my favorite movies and characters. Another thing that bugs me about movies today is the need to remake classic movies with an all-female cast. I know. This is not a popular opinion. However, the point remains, go create a new set of movies and then make it an all-female cast. Stop remaking every classic movie and trying to modernize them. What’s next, an all-female remake of Stripes?
I have no problem with female leads, but when you decide that all movies must have female leads then we have a problem. A prime example is the Last Jedi. The first 5 minutes or so was nothing but one female lead after another and scattered throughout the movie was multiple females that did nothing to advance the movie. It is like they were in that scene to drive home the point that they were advancing women’s rights. Again, no problem with female leads, but why must you try to make a political point in a movie? Leave your politics at home. No one cares about your political affiliation. Nor do we care that you want to get on your soapbox and preach. We watch movies to be entertained, not to be continually beaten with the fact that the world is unfair. Get over it already. If that seems to harsh, let me go one step further: The #metoo movement happened in Hollywood. That should explain how much they care about women’s rights.