Ben Domenech has a fantastic commentary on the recent sale of the “Star Wars” franchise to Disney. In short, Domenech argues that George Lucas saved “Star Wars” by firing George Lucas. Perhaps it comes as news to some of you that Star Wars needed saving. But that’s only because you have very bad taste in movies. (Just kidding…sort of)
Seriously, though. Those of us who grew up with the first three movies were by and large really disappointed with the second three movies (i.e., the prequels). From Jar Jar Binks to the goopey love affair between Anakin and what’s-her-name, the story and the characterization were abysmal in the prequels. They simply could not hold a candle to the original movies.
Domenech’s article explains why Lucas did so well with the original movies and so badly with the prequels. In short, it’s a good thing that Lucas got himself out of the Star Wars franchise because he seems to have been the one chiefly responsible for its demise. Read Domenech’s piece here.
By the way, the Twitter hashtag #DisneyStarWars is alive with suggestions for a title for Episode 7, which is to be released in 2015. Here are my favorites so far: “When You Wish Upon a Death Star,” “Hoth School Musical” and “Song of the Sith.”
[A quick shout-out to my old friend Mitch. This one’s for you!]