Thursday, April 13, 2017
No Shit, Jar-Jar
Joseph Campbell's truth will set us free:
He finally sold producers on Star Wars, pitching it as “a high adventure film like that I loved as a kid, but with meaningful psychological themes.” But surely his description of the movie as “dogs driving spaceships” must have played a part.
Lucas was just as surprised as the studios that it worked. “I don’t know what I felt, it was a really cockamamie film,” Lucas said. Plowing through revision after revision — “Even when I was shooting in Tunisia I was still rewriting” — Lucas struggled to imbue Star Wars with “mythological and psychological motifs” while holding on to its pulp sci-fi roots.
But it was Lucas’ description of his target audience for Star Wars that most enlightens Star Wars ’ themes, even if his declaration defies our modern understanding of Star Wars’ place in the cinematic canon. “I’m not supposed to say this and I wasn’t supposed to say this then,” Lucas said. “It’s a film for 12-year-olds.”
I was 7 when it came out. I still am 7 when I watch it. Not sure why anybody could possibly be surprised by such things...
April 13, 2017 | Permalink
I was 22 when it came out.
Good Lord I feel old...
Posted by: Rmj | Apr 14, 2017 1:06:08 AM
I was visiting friends in Portland when it was still in the theaters of its first run. They said on Saturday afternoon, "We can go bowling or go to the movies, which one do you want to do". By the end of the first 20 minutes I wished I was bowling more than I ever had or have since. Couldn't stand it.
Posted by: Anthony McCarthy | Apr 14, 2017 7:22:30 AM
I find your lack of faith disturbing. But since it's Good Friday, imma pretend you didn't say that.
Posted by: NTodd | Apr 14, 2017 9:57:08 PM
Harrison Ford was cute, I'll stipulate that.
Posted by: Anthony McCarthy | Apr 15, 2017 9:25:16 AM