Well, I finally got around to seeing the latest Star Wars recently. Twice in fact. Long story, won’t bore you with it.
The movie inspired me in a way, but left me wanting in others – or did it?
In case you have been in a science fiction exclusion zone for the last thirty years Star Wars is an epic space opera franchise (whatever one of those is), centered on a film series created by George Lucas.
It depicts the adventures of various characters “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.”
Basically there’s a ‘force’. It has a light side and a dark side. The lengthy movie series charts the struggle and balance between the two through it’s fictional characters.
Having literally grown up with this developing plot line since the ‘first’ installment I was genuinely interested to see the writers and studio make use of the scope for originality and expansion on such a long running story line.
For me however this opportunity seems to have been lost with ‘Episode 7’.
Let me explain.
The plot of the 1977 movie saw a simple farm boy, Luke Skywalker (who is dramatically orphaned), as he and his newly met allies (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO, R2-D2) attempt to rescue a Rebel leader, Princess Leia, from the clutches of the Empire. The conclusion is culminated as the Rebels, including Skywalker and flying ace Wedge Antilles make an attack on the Empire’s most powerful and ominous weapon, the Death Star.
The plot of the 2015 movie saw a simple
farm boy scrap salvaging girl, Rey (no surname, possibly orphaned, definitely abandoned), as he she and his her newly met allies (BB8, Finn, Han Solo and Chewbacca) attempt to seek out a rebel leader key rebel who is in self exile after a bit of a to-do. The conclusion is culminated as the Rebels, including a flying ace Wedge Antilles Poe Dameron make an attack on the Empire’s First Order’s most powerful and ominous weapon, the Death Star Star Killer Base (same thing, just bigger).
Ok, I may be sarcastically summarizing here (can you sense the disappointment). There were a few exciting and goodebumpy moments. I wondered why I was left with such a disappointed feeling though.
Well, the franchise has taken a long time to get around to this point and it is set some thirty years after the original trilogy ends. So surely something ‘new’ is going on? Surely there is more to this than just re-booting old story lines with new characters or am I missing something (I think I might be). Of course it needs to tie up some loose ends and bring back old faves as well as create interest and excitement for the next two releases by establishing new characters but did it really have to mirror the original so closely?
When you have a franchise with established characters and long running plot lines of course there will be cross over and some repetition, this is what brings audiences back for more, but to mirror the original so closely…? Well, it just seemed a little lazy to me.
Listen, I won’t whinge anymore and I must say that I was impressed with the scale of the effects that went into it (honestly, after you’ve popped your eyes back in their sockets, just stay and watch the credits and look at the size of the digital effects team that worked on this!).
In fairness, this is what actually appealed to me as a boy anyway and possibly the reason that I still go. Star Wars in the seventies and eighties went far beyond other Sci-Fi flicks in terms of creative scope and was one of my early creative inspirations.
It still gets me (and many others) today. I don’t think anything (for those that know of it) could inspire goose bumps more than the logo and the epic theme tune for Star Wars.
Anyway, when I got home I decided to have a bit of tea and have a quick play to see if I could come up with anything related.
Bearing in mind what I said/thought about the logo for this quick creative post I thought that I’d have a quick go at re-creating that.
I turned to Photoshop for this one – not a skill I share much on this blog but one I use a fair bit in my professional work.
There was much titivation, many layers and filter effects …
… but after a while I got something that I was happy with …
It’s not a complete replica and it’s not totally perfect but I like it – the film was both of these – maybe I liked it after all … ?
Maybe I’ll have to do a sequel to see if my opinion changes – lol!
Feel free to download and use as a desktop wallpaper if you want.
Oh, and apologies for the rant. I’d be interested to hear your point of view on whether you thought that it was worth the wait though …?
As ever, if you have any questions or comments about this post then feel free to pop them in the comments section below.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you again soon.