Whose ‘Star Wars’ is it anyhow?


There’s a divide between those who love “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and those who hate it. It’s hard to believe that all hardcore “Star Wars” fans find J. J. Abrams’s version to be askew. It’s never good to say, “All” when it comes to the public at large. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but you know what they say about opinions and a certain bodily orifice.

When one reads the vast array of Internet articles and comments about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” from disappointed fans, you question if everybody saw the same movie. From an objective perspective, some complaints are valid. It is the same story-line updated.

It’s all there from the first “Star Wars”, a noble nomad, a robot with artificial intelligence, an interstellar war, a snarky resistor, a villain with an affinity for interstellar Gothic apparel and an ancient, creepy supreme overlord.

Kylo Ren’s light sabre was cheesy with the overdone hilt. Maybe the point was to make Ren seem even more of a supervillian. It didn’t. It was overkill.

There are people who are fans of “Star Wars”, but not fans of J. J. Abrams’s cinematic style. Some fans did not want to see their favorite “Star Wars” characters returned to concluding roles that they had not fantasized for them.

Then, there are petty comments conveying territorial mindsets. The comments span the gamut of, “’Star Wars’ belongs to our generation. Why can’t they leave it alone? Why can’t they come up with new movie plots? Leave our ‘Star Wars’ alone. The trilogy was completed. The Death Star was already destroyed. Why must ‘Star Wars’ characters be diversified?”

For those who were fortunate enough to watch the original “Star Wars” in the movie theaters many, many galaxies ago, it was big and it was special. No one knew how big and special “Star Wars” would become, but George Lucas reshaped a generation of science fiction lovers and added more fans to the genre. He set a new film precedence that everyone deserves to experience.

It is natural for fans of the original “Star Wars” to share that special experience with their children. If “Star Wars” only belongs to one generation, then the love for it dies with that generation. The “Star Wars” saga is too good to end. By updating “Star Wars”, the storyline is kept alive and healthy. The next generation gets to experience the awe and wonder of an epic movie about a galactic universe of good versus evil.

It is an oxymoron to question why the new “Star Wars” is diversified. The original “Star Wars” had a diversified cast with Billie Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher. James Earl Jones was the original voice of Darth Vader.

For fans whose mindsets are left behind, it may be hard to comprehend the world changed. Therefore certain aspects of “Star Wars” had to change as well. Nothing remains the same, not even science fiction sagas. Minorities and women no longer fit into one cinematic box.

So whose “Star Wars” is it anyhow? “Star Wars” belongs to whoever pays the theater admission fee.

C. C. J. Vann
C. C. J. Vann is a geek cultural freelance journalist based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her blog is at ccjvann.com.