The Star Wars The franchise is an absolute behemoth of popular culture. Transformed into a multimedia leviathan that has expanded the reach of the franchise, the epic space opera is one of the most instantly recognizable titles out there. For a long time, it hasn’t been just about movies, but also about TV series, games, toys, books, attractions and much more.
There was something about the endless possibilities offered by George Lucas’s original trio of films and their gigantic universe that allowed him to come back with a prequel trilogy after so many years and after Disney bought the franchise and took it into the twilight. Kind of like a more user-friendly alternative to Frank Herbert’s. Dune Taking as many cues from the likes of Akira Kurosawa as he did from Jungian archetypes, history, and political science, Lucas created a dense, multifaceted world that was ready to dive headfirst, hyping fans up and dragging them away from the mundanity of life. everyday.
I don’t think any of us who weren’t alive at the time can comprehend the audiovisual sensation of what it must have been like to have witnessed the opening credits of the first film, 1977. A new hope, in the cinema for the first time. The majesty of those scrawled yellow words and John Williams’ superb melody blasting through the speakers would no doubt have been a lot to take in, as the audience quickly tried to read the synopsis Lucas gave them, unsure what to expect.
I also trust that no one at the time would have imagined that what they were about to see would change the world and, perhaps more poignantly, that it would still be alive and well some 45 years later.
After the credits, the camera lowers to the scene where it all begins. Here we see the hapless rebel fighters massacred by Storm Troopers, as our favorite future robotic team C-3P0 and R2-D2 escape just before the extremely sinister Darth Vader emerges from the smoke, as the oppressive theme fades. and those heavy breaths cut through the mix.
This kicked off what became one of the most successful film franchises in history, as millions were hooked from the get-go around the world. There is an unfathomable power that carries the special effects, the worlds, the characters, the script and the direction of Lucas that made these first three films so game-changing. This is what has allowed its relevance to endure and ignite the vivid imaginations of countless generations of adults and children.
The first three films were the ones that inspired that insatiable desire for more Star Wars related content, either in the broader canon or in the merchandise that followed, Star Wars continually expanded as if it were a galaxy unto itself, attracting more and more people and increasing the pressure for Lucas to return with another series of films. Regardless of what you may think about it, it also helped the franchise push its limits even further, making Disney realize that this was a creation that knows no limits. It is a universe that writes itself.
It is safe to say that the original Star Wars trilogy changed cinema and popular culture forever. Whether it’s the groundbreaking visual and sound effects, Williams’ music, or the conversation in general, this was the first time anyone had created a truly living world for the big screen, and one that seemed as idiosyncratic as our own. It was foolproof and without Achilles heel what he did Star Wars a truly immersive experience that left viewers entranced even after the end credits had rolled.
Star Wars set a precedent for all cinema to move forward. It was the first real multimedia movie franchise that showed producers and consumers the power of a series that had more than one string to its bow and went far beyond that of james-bond, it had, and still has, a very limited set of parameters. A full story was the perfect way to draw people in, and a variety of products and canons were the means to keep us spellbound, a cinematic opiate of the masses, if you will. Indicative of this is the fact that many people have campaigned, albeit unsuccessfully, for Jediism to become a recognized religion.
Let’s be clear. without the original Star Wars trilogy, in terms of larger-than-life film franchises, there wouldn’t have been Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Avatar, pirates of the Caribbean and, of course, the ubiquitous Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It is a testament to the work of George Lucas that he was able to craft a script so three-dimensional that he did not need to establish himself by publishing books or comics before the movie was released, most of which were mentioned.
It’s no surprise that Disney has finally decided to buy the rights to Star Wars after clearly taking a lot of cues from him for his marketing for the proliferation of the MCU. Although it was a controversial acquisition for many reasons, it is safe to say that, for the most part, Disney has entrusted the keys to the Star Wars kingdom to those who know it inside out, like Jon Favreau, who is a lifelong fan of the series.
Although we could criticize them for minor elements, it seems that Disney is the right person to take Star Wars genuinely stratospheric. We just hope that it doesn’t lose sight of its core philosophical tenets when it eventually turns into countless different cinematic threads.
However, one thing is for sure. Even if they Star Wars history deviates, we will always have the original trilogy, which, in addition to being the most transformative set of films in cinema history, also makes a strong claim for being the purest and most sincere. You can’t argue that there is anyone saner than the mischievous Master Yoda.
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