Opinion: “Why Star Wars Sucks”

December 16, 2013 – While many are rooting for (dare I say “praying for”?) a successful resurrection of the Star Wars franchise by J.J. Abrams, one writer has already declared the entire franchise dead or at least ready for burial. Read Devin Faraci’s opinion piece here at badassdigest.com.

Some key observations from the article:

“Out of six Star Wars films, two qualify as good. That leaves four poor-to-terrible movies, an overwhelming majority of the series.”
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“The film’s legacy hurts it; Star Wars is a smaller, zippy adventure through a wonderfully sketched (not etched in stone) universe. Later films … and a slavish, laser-focused fanbase has weighed the film down with portent and solemnity, made it a much more serious text and less of a simply great popcorn experience.”
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“Even I can’t deny the sheer greatness of The Empire Strikes Back. I think if Empire hadn’t been Empire, the Star Wars juggernaut would have never gotten rolling. It’s the greatness of Empire that distorts all of the rest of Star Wars’ history.”
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“There’s one truly magnificent movie and one very good movie that are being swallowed up by cancerous growth of the larger entity. They’re two flowers, choked out in a lot full of weeds. And there’s some guy named J.J. Abrams bringing in a backhoe and a whole bunch of new weeds.”

Read the full article here. For a bitingly funny, if somewhat acidic, review of Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005), read here.

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