12/06/15 by Rennie Detore
As the new "Star Wars" movie is set to open on December 18, plenty of critics and those who have been privy to see the movie are weighing in on the highly anticipated Episode VII, "The Force Awakens."
Ironically enough, somebody apparently woke up Star Wars creator George Lucas to get his thoughts, too.
Lucas said he enjoyed the new movie.
Wait, what? That's it. He liked it.
The brief statement from Lucas pretty much sums up the hum, drum and rather boring and quiet demeanor the Star Wars creator has and just how inconsequential he's become as a film maker and has been for almost 40 years.
Lucas liked the movie, but does anyone even care what he thinks or his opinion in general?
Lucas is the man, the myth and the legend behind the first six episodes of Star Wars, the first three of course being Episodes IV, V & VI, and then the prequels beginning in 1999.
Lucas' tenure as the creative driver behind the Star Wars franchise is a mixed bag. Obviously his first try was exceptional but clearly he lost his way with Episodes I, II and III. The latter was quite the embarrassing endeavor for Lucas and you have to wonder if his creativity was questioned and Disney wanted nothing to do with him when they asked J.J. Abrams to direct the new movie.
Lucas lost a ton of credibility when "The Phantom Menace" in 1999, the highly anticipated Star Wars prequel and the movie that fans waited 16 years to see since "Return of The Jedi" in 1983. Lucas laid an egg. The story was awful, the new characters annoying and nothing about the movie was even moderately intriguing. The villain was poorly used and young Darth Vader was hardly the vexing character as a child that we would have wanted to see.
The next two movies weren't much better, mostly due to a rather campy story telling and Hayden Christiansen as Anakin Skywalker, a poor casting decision to say the least.
Of course, Lucas spouting off his thoughts on his baby, the Star Wars franchise, will gain some headlines due to his name value. But that's it; that's all that is left when Lucas speaks is the fact that he created the Star Wars brand and legacy. Just because he created it, doesn't mean he's done a lot to advance it creatively or do anything to add to the legacy of it. The brand is untouchable, but there's a reason Lucas isn't involved in this round and he proved why when he decided to unearth the franchise 16 years ago.
Lucas is free to chime in about the post Star Wars that doesn't have his stamp on it, but expecting people to take notice at this point would be wishful thinking.
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