Star Wars. Two very simple words, its hard to believe that before George Lucas came along no one had actually put the two of them together before, wonder why? Perhaps its because they're so bold, stark even, they evoke the word big, no bigger, grander, more epic even, in fact its almost impossible to really appreciate the scale of these words when they're together like this, I imagine this was why, before Lucas penned his first draft back in 74, no one had the balls to do so. They're more intimidating than the presence of a five foot ten super model within touching distance. I'm sure Lucas would admit that he had no idea how big those two words would become. Actually he has, he thought it was supposed to be just one movie, so much for good planning.
So why am I writing about this? Good question, more of a memo to myself really, you see Star Wars has been a big part of my life; it imprinted itself on me as a kid in the guise of one pound twenty five Star Wars figures that everyone my age was collecting, the movie itself, with its bombastic insidious imagery, wrapped around my cerebal cortext with the voracity of a ten foot python. I was programmed by Lucas as a kid, one of millions who would willingly throw their cash at him everytime he added another couple of seconds to his magnum opus. Fuck it I'll come clean I'd dream up the prequel movies while I was asleep lost count of the amount of times I dreamt of a new Star Wars movie, ironic actually that they were never as good as they should of been, claravoyance or what?
Well now we have the last one Episode 3, arguably the only one most fans of the original trilogy ever wanted to see, this one has it all, death, blood and more symbolic hand severing than all the others put together, does make you wonder, is Lucas an Irish Catholic? ahem.
So is this really childhood's final end at the grand age of thirty one? Not a chance, I'm not sad, because Star Wars is a cash cow, its become its own industry now, hell its even an official religion in the UK, it'll go on as long as Christianity from what I can see. Next year Star Wars hits TV, ten years from now there will be new movies, fifty years from now someone will remake them. Star Wars has become a mythology, it'll join the ranks of other pop culture icons and stories, and will constantly see reinterpretation and reimagining, no doubt about it. Lucas has given the world an enduring tale, and too many people now have made the movies a part of their lives.
Someone once said its only a movie, a rather naive statement, its a bit like saying the Bible is just a book, or the Communist Manifesto was just a dry academic paper. Once a piece of literature or art is released to an audience, it becomes its own thing, its as reactive as a lightsaber is when touching flesh, it will change, grow as people seek meaning in its form even if it wasn't there in the first place. Like any life it requires nuturing and raising. Star Wars has just ended puberty, its grown up at last its become the sum of its parts, now its time to become more than that. Do I sound full of wank, you betcha, do I give shit? Not really, I'm happy its become the cultural phenonoma that it is, lots of potential for so much play, and art. Sure its not perfect but its tremendous fun, and quite frankly we need more of that in the world right now.