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Monday, February 13, 2012

Here I Thought I was Simply Being Entertained

(Well, sometimes.  At other times I was bring tortured.)

Who knew, when we went to the movies to see one of the "Star Wars" flicks long ago, that our way of contextualizing the theme of the film was with the timing being before or during the sinister "Age of Bush" that most influenced it?

Gosh.  And I thought I was just there for the spectacle.  And Princess Laia.

Guess not.
Why the 'Star Wars' Prequels Are Better Than the Original Trilogy
By Timothy Sexton, Yahoo!

It verges on cinematic treason to suggest that the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy is in any way superior to the original trilogy. However, history has proved that treasonous behavior is just as often necessary to stimulate progressive revolution as it is to endow malevolent forces with unrestricted authority necessary to obstruct basic human rights.

That the "Star Wars" trilogy embraced by American moviegoers is the one that presents a far less complex universe is not incidental to the rabid rebuke of the prequel. "A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi" reflect the Cold War milieu in which they were created, offering up a comforting us-vs.-them story told in bold strokes lacking nuance, complexity, or intellectual ambiguity. That isn't to say that times have changed much; with the exception of "The Phantom Menace," the second and third installments of the prequel were released to an America that had embraced absolute views even more so than the original trilogy.

The difference is that the original trilogy appealed directly to the simplistic moral perspective of an America above reproach and always on the side of right in global geopolitics, whereas the much more subversive prequel trilogy stands in defiant counterpoint to the much more dangerously simplistic moral absolutism of the Age of Bush. [link
Now I only have a Masters degree, so I may not be qualified to pass judgement on that steaming pile of psychobabble, but ...

... bullshit.

We Americans paid the big bucks to go and see George Lucas's work because we wanted to be entertained. Sometimes we were and sometimes we weren't.

"The second and third installments of the prequel were released to an America that had embraced absolute views even more so than the original trilogy."

"Absolute views" that came about with Bush and disappeared with the landslide election of Barack Obama?

Please.  That's the silliest thing I've ever read.