Aug 14, 2010

Hating On Star Wars. The Good Ones!

Prequels aside, Star Wars was a pretty awesome original trilogy right? Right. Epic. Glad we can agree.

According to Movieline, which gave me the tl;dr highlights of an interview Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz did with LA Times, the ending to the original trilogy could have been MORE epic! Kurtz badmouths George Lucus for selling out to the toy industry and using the third installment of the series to pimp out Ewoks to kids.

“Instead of bittersweet and poignant he wanted a euphoric ending with everybody happy. The original idea was that they would recover [the kidnapped] Han Solo in the early part of the story and that he would then die in the middle part of the film in a raid on an Imperial base. George then decided he didn’t want any of the principals killed. By that time there were really big toy sales and that was a reason.”
The discussed ending of the film that Kurtz favored presented the rebel forces in tatters, Leia grappling with her new duties as queen and Luke walking off alone “like Clint Eastwood in the spaghetti westerns,” as Kurtz put it.

 Wow. So Movieline and Kurtz think that Han Solo, one of the most epic characters ever dying half-way through a movie is epic? Kurtz probably liked Johnny Cage dying at the beginning of Mortal Kombat 2 as well. And Princess Leia, who just busted her butt to restore order and civility to the entire galaxy... we now need to lie awake at night wondering "oh boy, now the easy part's over. What's she going to do now? How will she decide on this whole gay marriage thing?" And Luke Skywalker, who in everybody's eyes in this galaxy is a total inspirational hero, walks off lonely and brooding? How is any of that awesome? Clint Eastwood in "The Man With No Name" series was a dirty thief with a thin moral line. Luke Skywalker lead an entire rebel army to destroy the Death Star. Twice. And kill both leaders with minimal help. I think this comes down to a case of people taking Star Wars too seriously. After all, it's just a kids movie that adults can also enjoy. Yoda's a Muppet for Kermit's sake, let's not turn this into "Who Shot First - Han or Gredo?" And Ewoks rock the party that rock the body.

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