The Force Awakens is a Disney movie, not a Star Wars movie (no spoilers)

The Force Awakens opened on December 18. I’ve discussed Star Wars modelling previously in this post: http://creativedioramas.com/2015/10/lag-time-or-why-it-takes-so-long-for-some-models-to-be-released/. So now seems like a good time to revisit the silver screen’s most famous sci-fi franchise. Predictably, mainstream media critics are tripping over themselves to praise the movie. It’s hard to find a negative review in a printed publication.

There’s a small but honest minority who point out that the movie is a tepid rehash of Episode 4: A New Hope. To make the film politically correct, Disney enlisted J.J. Abrams (the same director who turned Kahn into a white guy in the last Star Trek movie) to rewrite the Luke Skywalker character as a girl. And the stormtroopers, who were supposed to be clones of Jango Fett, have mysteriously changed nationalities and genders as well.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because Hollyweird has been applying the same revisioning formula to movies for several decades. It’s all part of the media’s cultural brainwashing agenda, which Disney supports and enables. This organization bears no resemblance to the Disney of old which delighted children with harmless fairy tales. Disney now provides impressionable young minds with role models like Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus, who shed their squeaky clean child star personas and go off the rails with alarming regularity. You can set your watch by it.

Since J.J. Abrams knows he’ll never approach the artistic level of a Gene Roddenberry or George Lucas, he doesn’t attempt to create original characters on his own. Rather, he confines himself to copying and/or rewriting existing characters, destroying any continuity established in previous films. This is euphemistically called “rebooting the franchise” but in reality it’s a joke on movie fans and a testament to the creative bankruptcy of film studios.

Some fans blame George Lucas, accusing him of selling out and abandoning Star Wars. Sell it he did, for the reported sum of $US 4.05 billion. But no-one can call Lucas greedy, given that he’s planning to devote a large chunk of the proceeds to charity.

What many don’t realize is that Star Wars would have met the same fate even if Lucas had stayed at the helm. He’s told reporters that he plans to divert his attention away from making movies for 12 year old boys, and redirect it towards making movies for 12 year old girls. Not surprising for a dad who now has two daughters.

Rather than being angry or bitter about what’s happened to Star Wars, let’s remind ourselves that all things are temporary—movie franchises included. George Lucas created a modern myth—a sci-fi epic that sparked our imaginations and stood the test of time. We should thank him for his great contribution to science fiction film.

I won’t be going to see The Force Awakens. It’s a Disney movie, not a Star Wars movie. But I’ll continue to enjoy all six episodes of the Star Wars saga. I watch them every Christmas—a time when we reflect on the things we loved as children—and this year will be no exception.

-Ivar