A video recently went viral (if you consider just under one million views to be a successful viral video) that explained how Star Wars movies could be made great again under J.J. Abrams direction. There were four rules:
- Star Wars takes place in the frontier, not the senate or in cities
- Star Wars is dirty, not clean and shiny
- Star Wars is mysterious and not everything needs to be explained and spelled out
- Star Wars is not cute and kiddie-like
It was a great video and really shows why I like Star Wars movies (the original trilogy) so much – but I do have a problem with the last idea. Star Wars – the original – was always made for kids – not toddlers but for adolescents who like cute little robots that beep and swashbuckling heroes saving a princess. But, yeah, it’s not about senate meetings or the best new technology or Jar Jar Binks – and please never explain why the Force does what it does.
J.J. Abrams saw the video as well and he agrees with a lot of it.
“I loved how Star Wars had that sense of a world far beyond the borders of what you can see and have been told,” he said. “It’s one of the things it did so brilliantly. If you watch the first movie, you don’t actually know exactly what the Empire is trying to do. They’re going to rule by fear – but you don’t know what their end game is. The beauty of that movie was that it was an unfamiliar world, and yet you wanted to see it expand and to see where it went.”
However, Abrams also said that a lot of the younger generation relates more to the prequels and he knows that he needs to find a balance between the two if he is to unite all Star Wars fans. As a fan of his Star Trek reboot, I think he knows how to do his Star Wars movies. What are your thoughts about the video and Abrams’ thoughts? Chime in below.