Well, this series of blogs is likely to trigger some sort of reaction. What we will have, finally committed to some sort of medium, is my complete and honest critiques of the legendary Star Wars films. Instead of my obligatory defense of things people can’t be bothered to understand, or proving definitively which fan base is more intelligent, I’m going to write real and legitimate criticism and praise for all six of the films.
To be honest, it’s not going to be easy. Approaching these movies objectively is difficult for me, after many years of happy memories and even important catharsis which I owe to them. Now that my kids and nephews are getting into it, it’s even more an emotional thing.
But above and beyond those things, and partially because of these films, I’m a huge movie buff. I can love something in spite of and for its flaws, and still cast an honest light on it.
I’m compelled to write these, too, because over the years I’ve been accused of being unable to honestly assess these films. My love for the prequels has especially caused consternation for many. Since I’ve never made any secret of my love for them many people have felt compelled to challenge and even insult me. My intelligence has been not only questioned but dismissed because Real Fans ® aren’t supposed to like “those movies.”
So henceforth I’ll be setting out on permanent record (where’s that ‘Update’ button?) my honest reviews of the films. Some of it will be expected but I think that some of it will be genuinely surprising for anyone who hasn’t listened to what I’ve really been saying.
And that’s the most frustrating thing. You almost become afraid to mention your views on a movie because if you say something with which someone disagrees, you may as well be asking them to support your Kitten Kicking fundraising drive. Seriously, when did discussing a movie become as contentious as closing Gitmo? Why is disagreeing about Star Trek V: The Final Frontier enough for some people to become unhinged and launch into nonsensical tirades?
Ahem. I digress.
Are you ready for the honesty? Because starting tomorrow, you’re going to get more of it than you bargained for, and then some.