If you were young person when the original Star Wars hit theaters in 1977, you remember the first film’s unprecedented impact on the movie industry. It was the first sci-fi film to break into the mainstream, and its classic hero’s journey tropes ran in sharp contrast to the depressing, gritty feel most films of the decade espoused.
The follow up Empire Strikes Back in 1980 was even more successful, and helped the budding franchise continue to capture the imaginations of children and young adults all around the world. Even the critically-disowned prequel trilogy of the early 2000s was successful in that regard, and there are still things to enjoy from those films as well.
In the modern day…let’s just say Star Wars lost its edge. Watching the films now — with their transparent attempts to mimic Marvel humor and almost no effort made for character development at all — its hard to imagine who these movies are even made for. Why is Hollywood so convinced that children are desperate for LGBTQ representation in an action-adventure flick — particularly when sexuality isn’t part of the franchise at all? Who cares this much aside from the 30-something-year-old blue hairs living in Los Angeles?
Under Disney’s direction, this timeless movie saga has been relegated to feminist propaganda. This would almost be tolerable if the films themselves featured original plots, but they don’t even accomplish that. Sadly, it looks like the latest installment is just going to continue this pointless trend.
Here’s Mark Dice with more.