Star Wars is a multi-billion dollar franchise that Disney can easily milk for years to come with its countless stories that have been told over the years through its Legends canon. And yet, there have only been four movies and people are already starting to speak about Star Wars fatigue. How can that be? I’ll tell you why. The films lack imagination.
When The Force Awakens came out it was practically a replica of A New Hope, except with larger and grander schemes. The First Order is simply a remastered version of the Empire with barely any new creations.
Except for the Battering Ram Cannon in The Last Jedi which was pretty cool.
The characters are sometimes so similar comparisons can’t help but be made.
There also seems to be a lack of creativity when it comes to the female leads in these movies. I mean, look at this slideshow. They are all brunettes! That’s simply ridiculous. With Padme and Leia it made sense because they are both related but to have everyone else practically look the same is kind of ridiculous.
And the stories of these new films practically mirror the old films to the point where we, as Star Wars fans, can kind of guess how a movie is going to turn out.
Because I love Star Wars I constantly give the franchise a pass for its lack of originality but honestly, if Star Wars is going to last another ten years and still remain as one of the greatest franchises in modern history it’s got to get more creative.
That’s why, as much as people may dislike The Last Jedi, at least Rian Johnson gave us concepts (and characters) we hadn’t seen before. A purple-haired admiral. Force connections. The idea that ghosts that can still interact with the regular world like Yoda summoning that bolt of lightning. Luke being able to project an image of himself across light years. These were things we had never seen before and it made The Last Jedi different than other Star Wars films we’ve seen in the past.
Disney may have made the novels from the non-canon Legends material illegitimate with the current Star Wars universe but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t take those stories’ original ideas and make something really cool out of it.
I mean, Rian Johnson’s idea of making Luke a mirage was an idea inspired by the Legends canon. And that was hands down the coolest surprise of The Last Jedi.
The reason why Solo flopped wasn’t because it came out a mere five months after The Last Jedi. It was because it didn’t feel original enough. Disney has seemed to create a wall of where their stories can go and that’s why for the past few years the content has only ranged from the years after Episode III to VIII.
Both Star Wars Story films were set in the years after Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film was undoubtedly going to be set in the same time range. How unimaginative is that?
What about the days during the Old Republic? Or maybe a trilogy that focuses on the galaxy maybe a thousand years after the Skywalker era? Now that sounds interesting.
And that’s why I’m excited to see the Rian Johnson trilogy. It’s supposedly going to be a story that focuses on a new corner of the galaxy that hasn’t been explored before and that sounds awesome. If Star Wars is going to remain incredible there has to be some creativity.
But, of course, J.J Abrams has his hands on Episode IX and so there’s no doubt there will be plenty of nostalgic factors to this Skywalker saga finale but once this trilogy is complete the franchise should definitely take some leaps and bounds in a more imaginative direction.
What do you think? Should Star Wars get more creative? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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