Since its release in 1977, the original Star Wars has given birth to a vast and somewhat controversial legacy. A New Hope spawned two beloved sequels, the not so beloved prequels, two well-received cartoon series, an entire Expanded Universe of non-canon books, games, and movies, and of course the upcoming sequels and stand-alone films. Still the original stands as a flawed masterpiece—a pop cultural phenomenon analyzed and reanalyzed ad infinitum.
One of the sources of constant frustration for purist fans was George Lucas’ constant tinkering with the original saga—which is debatably within his rights as a filmmaker. Yet with hype at an all-time high, much like before the Prequels, many of these irritations have vanished like Obi Wan’s underwear. So, on the cusp of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ release, it’s worth taking a look at movie that launched a multiverse—from an amusing standpoint.
Screen Junkies' latest Honest Trailer takes loving aim at A New Hope, exploring the foibles of the original film—which they refuse to call A New Hope. Poking fun at the film face that launched a thousand franchises and christened a thousand lines of merchandises isn’t hard, but the trailer raises some amusing points about Star Wars. For instance, why is it so easy to overlook the existence of droids as self-aware life forms forced into servitude? It also delves into the most disturbing possibility in the Star Wars Universe: that Hayden Christensen's acting decisions were deliberate.
The trailer brings up some valid points that many fans (guilty as charged) tend to overlook. Up until recently, there had been a distinctive lack of female and minority presence in the franchise. It also mentions several curiosities which make the rounds on discussion boards, like Obi Wan’s forgetfulness about R2-D2—a droid who saved his bacon several times - the amusingly sexualized final battle, and the importance of George Lucas joining forces with the best and brightest in the industry—even if they drop the occasional cheap werewolf mask into the cantina scene.
Snarky flavor of the faux-trailer aside, one thing comes through the mirth: Screen Junkies' genuinh love for the original Star Wars film. Visible seams in the plot and irritating revisions aside, we don’t need to wear the “nostalgic goggles.” Our ability to overlook the not-so-epic lightsaber rematch between Vader and Obi Wan or David Prowse’s voice before dubbing proves our devotion to this series. This commitment fuels our hope that J.J. Abrams, himself a fan, will do justice to The Force Awakens.
Still, the Star Wars Honest Trailer should serve as a reminder to all of us, especially the talent behind the new series: Star Wars fans may not be fair weather, but our faith in the saga is inextricably linked to the quality of the stories and the authenticity of the universe. If we can’t feel the Force around us, all the midi-chlorians in the galaxy won’t make it right. And yes, Han shot first.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: Screen Junkies
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