Archive for May, 2015

Well, actually about three weeks ago. I saw the trailer for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, and I have to say I was rather impressed by it… Okay, hands up. I’ll admit it, I was incredibly giddy about it and almost lost it like a blathering seven year old! Happy now?

I felt something ferociously nostalgic and sweetly wistful about the whole thing. Not least for seeing the return of the coolest smuggler in the entire Universe (and don’t wookies age well?!)

I really hope that it lives up to all of the inescapable hype surrounding it. I don’t think I could cope with another Phantom Menace sized disappointment. Those three “prequel films” were not so much a trilogy, more, three heavy sustained kicks to the lower abdomen of my inner child. So these new movies have a lot to prove, and if they are as good as we are being led to believe, I, as an avid Star Wars fan, have a suggestion for J.J. Abrams and Disney.

Remake the prequels! Remake them: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith. And not just remake them, re-imagine them. Start with a clean slate and a better, more coherent story. Polish those turds, roll them in glitter, whatever, just give us a complete and glorious narrative that can erase the dark stain on our collective fantastical imaginations and give us closure.

Perhaps, if we erased the original prequels, if we struck them down, so to speak, they would come back, more powerful than we could possibly imagine.