Star Wars — Emotional Space Opera

Did you see the latest Star Wars? Did you like it?

I did. A whole bunch.

It was a real fun, emotional ride. That’s a good thing. Basically that’s what I look for when watching movies — emotions.

To me, that’s the key to storytelling of any kind — commercials, feature films, novels, or TV shows.

In what ever medium you choose, it’s important that it must trigger a emotion in a person, ideally multiples like fear, sadness, happiness or anger.

We must feel something. That’s how an average person gets hooked. Their connected to the story through their feelings.

That’s why people fight over there favorite superheroes. Some way, some how, you’ve formed a visceral connection to Batman — crazy, right?  The Dark Knight has got you hooked.

So, after re watching the Star Wars prequels (The Phantom Menace, The Clone Wars, The Revenge of the Sith) I understand why people don’t like it compared to the sequels.

The prequels were missing the drama of the sequels. It was missing the emotional component of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. The tension, especially when Luke finds out that Darth is his father, gets ratcheted up by a million.

Before the reveal, it was just another space movie, but after, it turned into the space movie, to me. That scene is probably one of the most famous scenes in film history, period.

In terms of the prequels, I only got a emotional response from Anakin Skywalker, that’s it, everybody else was alright. Okay, there was Yoda and Obi-Wan — you got me.

But compared to sequels characters, there was Chewy, Han Solo (love him the best), Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, you couldn’t do no better than those guys. Those guys left me with something, you know? They were memorable. Probably why I almost cried when Han Solo got impaled with a lightsaber.

The only reason I liked Anakin was his drive for love, which was super taboo for Jedi’s. For me, this added a cool element of suspense. I also loved that Anakin was relentless in trying to get Padmé — his true love.

When he saw her again, in The Clone Wars, he said that he’s been thinking about her for 10 years. 10 years, man! That’s crazy.

When I heard this, my ears perked up because we all experienced liking another any person that much, so I found it kinda admirable that he was so into her.

Do you think so?

It reminded me of those overly persistent dudes that are always calling and double texting girls. Yeah, apparently those guys exist.

I mean, being overly persistent is probably annoying in real life. But this isn’t real life, this is a movie. And in a movie, seeing a hero go after what he/she wants, makes me wanna watch it.

This budding romance was the only redeemable quality in the prequels. Way more emotional than 10 minute light sabers with crazy dudes in red masks —

 — Okay, that’s enough talking about feelings and such —

I’m probably gonna go listen to some Adele and cry somewhere.

RIP Han Solo. 




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