Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Star Wars and Democracy

Chrenkoff has a classic post on the new Star Wars film.


At Tuesday, 17 May, 2005, Anonymous Ray Zacek said...

George Lucas is not what I would call a deep thinker. He writes wooden dialog and his direction is lame, quite static. He functions best as a producer, coming up with the grand scheme and outstanding special effects, which have become the currency of Hollywood movies, leaving plot and character development atrophied. I think that when most Hollywood celebrities make political statements they should wear a sign that says "I really don't know what I'm talking about."

At Wednesday, 18 May, 2005, Blogger GrenfellHunt said...

Agreed. Lucas's hard left politics was highlighted by a famous movie review in Commentary in 1980 (don't have the link right now). Commentary argued that The Empire Strikes Back was a covert celebration of American defeat in Vietnam. Although much of the review was wrong-headed, its basic conclusion was dead-on.

So Lucas has gone from celebrating American defeat in Vietnam, to cheering for an American defeat in Iraq (apparently). The rest of us will enjoy what was (at least in the first series) one of Hollywood's greatest achievements...and ignore the politics that Lucas reads into his creation.


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