Many who saw it thought it was a great movie, but there were some who felt it was too nostalgic. With so many nods to the original trilogy, they felt it became hard to truly enjoy the new movie, and they wished it’d broken into new ground rather than working so hard to convince viewers that this time, they wouldn’t be disappointed; everything they’d loved about the original trilogy was coming back.
But if the new movie was written with the fans in mind, it’s the first time in Star Wars movie history that it’s ever happened.
In an interview done in 2004, just before Episode III came out, George Lucas basically told us all that Star Wars was written for him, and that each edit done to the original trilogy was to bring it closer to what he’d always hoped the movie would be.
“To me, the special edition ones are the films I wanted to make. Anybody that makes films knows the film is never finished. It’s abandoned or it’s ripped out of your hands, and it’s thrown into the marketplace, never finished…And even most artists, most painters, even composers would want to come back and redo their work now. They’ve got a new perspective on it, they’ve got more resources, they have better technology, and they can fix or finish the things that were never done.”
That’s why he’s tinkered with his movies so often, and why he put so much money into the tinkering. To make the movie he wanted. It’s the fan’s money that he’s been spending to make the movie “for himself,” yet he sees no reason to spend his money to bring what the fans loved originally to a lasting medium.
And he doesn’t attempt to hide this fact. He went on to say:
“It’s like this is the movie I wanted it to be, and I’m sorry you saw half a completed film and fell in love with it. I want it to be the way I want it to be. I’m the one who has to take responsibility for it…I’m making the movies, so I should have it my way.”
Which brings us to an interesting question: who is an author responsible for, when they write a story? Are they only responsible to themselves, to making themselves completely happy? If so, we shouldn’t be surprised at George Lucas’ decisions, nor should we be upset that we can’t find the “unaltered edition” on DVD.
But if books are supposed to be written “for the fans,” we shouldn’t complain if we get excessive nostalgia, as is apparently in Episode VII (if the complaints are to be believed).Copyright 2016 Andrea LundgrenPhoto courtesy of Gratisography