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Does Anyone Else Think Star Wars is Overrated?

To all the Star Wars fans out there, I apologize in advance. I grew up watching the movies, and it was always an easy trilogy to enjoy. The original George Lucas movies, Episodes IV and V, were impressive to me as a child, and my imagination would run wild with thoughts of Jedis, spaceships, and aliens. As I began to understand films better, I noticed the use of color and camera angles to communicate deeper elements of good and evil, and I can appreciate what those movies did for the entertainment industry. It just wouldn’t be the same level of entertainment if the rebels hired a dependable defense attorney like this one and settled their differences with the empire in court.

My problem is the new movies. The story in Star Wars is recycled and dull, with every film using the same plot as the previous one. I get that good versus evil is the ultimate battle, but come on! How many times are they going to tell the same story of rebels battling the empire against impossible odds? And more importantly, how many times are people going to buy it? The cultural significance of Star Wars with the newer generations proves that marketing is still a powerful tool to convince consumers to buy, and now that Disney owns the rights, Star Wars is on track to become the most overrated franchise in history.

I don’t use the word “overrated” lightly, either. The notion of judging someone else’s judgment is a little too meta for me, but still. I can’t help but wonder if people lack so much imagination nowadays that once they see it projected on a big movie screen, it becomes excellent, no matter what. It reminds me of magpies, a bird that is attracted to shiny objects merely because it reflects light. If you tell a lie long enough, eventually you will start to believe it. Case in point? Star Wars.

Think about the story of Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Two young boys from a peasant lifestyle that get ripped from their homes and discover their new life with ultimate powers that changes the universe forever. There is nothing original about that, and yet, every Star Wars fan I talk to raves about how awesome the movies are. I don’t get it. The protagonists are whiny and weak, and they make the rebels look like hypocrites. Everyone knows that the best characters in the movies are the bad guys, and you aren’t even supposed to be rooting for them.

The original concept from 1977 had some creative and noteworthy plot twists, and the visual design was impressive considering there were no computers back then. I guess if you give viewers enough of a startle, they will love you forever. The brother and sister relationship between Luke and Leia was a bit of a surprise, but now HBO uses it in nearly every episode of Game of Thrones.

If you like Star Wars, good for you. My beef is not with the original films, which I still think are “meh.” My confusion arises from the amount of popularity Star Wars gets with lame dialogue, an unrealistic expectation of greatness, and recycled storylines.