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What IS Star Wars to you

Discussion in 'General Movie Discussion' started by RoyleRancor, Nov 25, 2020.

  1. RoyleRancor

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    Pretty straight forward, but perhaps not a simply answered question.
    What is Star Wars to you?
    What are your expectations of a Star Wars movie/story?
    What is Star Wars about to you? Not the plot or events but the idea of Star Wars...

    Is it just an action adventure story? Is it something bigger?

    I've seen things that lead me back to this question being talked about again, so I really wanted to see what people think of this.
     
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  2. Angelman

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    For me: Grand morality tale, charm & humor, fun & interesting characters you can relate and look up to, and all the (melo)drama.
     
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    As a child and an adult, I've always been intrigued by sci-fi. Star Trek gave me an optimistic look into the future(Star Trek came first). When I watched the ANH trailer for the first time on my living room floor I instinctively got it. A Sci-fi fantasy adventure sort of like the serials and animated shows I watched frequently. Over that same weekend, I begged my mom to go see it. It was the first film I saw with mum. So Star Wars to me has a special place in my heart.

    Now the fans that have grown up with Star Wars are making extravagant Star Wars fan films. If I was a director, I don't know if everyone would appreciate my take on Star Wars. We all love Star Wars for different reasons. In general, it's really hard to make a film, it takes a lot of creative people and long hours, and it's even more difficult to make a great film. Making a great film is like catching lightning in a bottle, it doesn't happen often. GL was fortunate enough to catch that electricity. Maybe one day someone will direct a Star Wars film that the fans and general audience enjoy as a whole.
     
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    Star Wars to me is a tale of friendship, loss, conflict (both moral and physical) and faith; or more specifically, challenging one's beliefs in their faith or way of life.
     
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    As a child it was a fun story with the OT. Then the PT came out, and it was a cool franchise with awesome stories and powers and games.

    Between 2015-2018, it was the great "American" myth, alongside epic fantasy stories such as The Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time. This...didn't last long, and led to some disillusionment with the franchise as a whole.

    Right now, a fun fantasy series that, while no longer the cultural powerhouse it once was, is still amazing and enjoyable. It's a mix of genres and ideas. It's a playground for authors and directors and creators to play in. It's a tale of love, lost, hope, and redemption (although not always told well or accurately). Star Wars...is.
     
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    In the Art of Star Wars Rebels, Dave Filoni states Star Wars is about family and that's one of the reasons the Mandolorain is so good.
     
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    the long history of a certain galaxy. i love history
     
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    A wonderful realm and escape from reality. Epic fantasy full of action, adventure, excitement, charm, discovery and possibilities! A lore and mythology so amazing and endless that you just want to know as much as possible and keep up as it changes and evolves bad or good but it's a journey constantly paid off greatly.

    There's a lot of universes I enjoy but this is the galaxy I wish was real and could be part of it!
     
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    What a great thread, some real thought and passion here....let me gather myself for this one....this is really tough for me to put into words
     
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    In the abstract, it's a particular flavour of modern mythology wrapped in an amazingly layered postmodern fictional universe filled with a kaleidoscope of real-world and cinematic references over which rides incredibly beautifully told stories and characters with deep psychological and moral complexities encapsulated by a surface shell of super-fun swashbuckling adventure, spectacular visuals and sounds. It is endless possibilities.
    On a personal level, its core is my favourite series of films, which I hold as the greatest work of art of the 20th and 21st centuries so far. It's my happy place, it's been a constant companion to me my for most of my life, growing as I have grown, a place to escape to when I've needed it, a place to explore ideas and feelings when I've been drawn to do so. It's been something to share with my loved ones, and watch others enjoy. It's a lens to look at the world through where ideas and philosophies I believe in like forgiveness, hope, family, love, faith, trust, truth and redemption are baked into the rules of the fiction. It's a beautiful spiritual meditation that says we are all pantheistically connected as living beings, but that even in created beings like droids there is possible humanity reflected back at us if we choose to see it. It is endless possibilities.

    I mean, to me anyway. I know to others they are dumb space movies. And that's fine too. MTFBWY.
     
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    Ok, fair enough....and no, NOT just simply or completely answered.....

    To me, Star Wars is SO many things, but IMO Star Wars is the OT, and the OT will always be Star Wars, but I digress...

    I was fortunate to have seen the OT in theaters when it was taking the world by storm, and unknowingly at the time, I was essentially witnessing the unrealized struggles that I would face in my own life.

    You see, I related to Luke in the OT, and yes it was a fabulous "like nothing ever before space movie", but I too was that "farm kid" that faced the possibility of being stuck there my entire life, but I wanted something more....but REALLY wasn't sure of what that "something" was, but I knew I had to find a way out.

    When I DID get out, I actually (not long after) found myself in a war, that, by the end of it, cemented me on the path to where I was going, and the trials and errors of that journey weren't going to stop me, and they didn't...

    BUT....then came the PT that mirrored my 20's - early 30's...and I too was angry...and related to Anakin and his struggles, but the only difference, was that my Padme brought me the calm and made me let go of my anger and hate to realize that nothing else in the world mattered, and I exhaled...and let it all go.

    Then after I spent my life in my career, and "Padme" and I conquered the world and raised 5 boys successfully....the ST came out, and I suddenly found myself again in strange reflection and understanding of the OT cast struggling with Rey and Kylo...the uncertainty...the sense of failing them...the sense of possible helplessness, but never giving up hope for your kids.

    The hope...

    The odds...

    The seemingly insurmountable roadblocks in life...

    The joy...

    The pain..

    The lost love...

    The friendships...

    The successes...

    It's all there...

    To me at the end of the day, Star Wars is all about HOPE...against all odds, and against all adversaries, and you must hold on to it and never give up.....

    ...and it's the greatest sci-fi/fantasy story EVER told...even the bad parts. ;):)
     
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    Star Wars is everything to me. I can't imagine my life without it, and am grateful beyond words to all those involved with building the universe.
     
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    To me, Star Wars is mythology.
    Like the Arthurian legends or Ramayana or the great tales told by every nation in past history, Star Wars should be forever preserved as one of those. NOT just a simple good-vs-evil tale of the Original Trilogy, but a warning about one’s downfall (the prequels). Star Wars is all about complicated family histories as well, struggles of power, not unlike Game of Thrones or the Silmarillian.

    On a technical side, Star Wars is about innovating, pushing the envelope of technology. (For the 70s it was the sophisticated stop motion, in the 90s it was the inclusion of CGI. Now, it’s the volume and de-aging tech.)

    That’s what Star Wars is about.

    To quote a very wise man: “It’s not about spaceships.”
     
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    Honestly though, the best way I could describe what Star Wars is to me would be through pictures/scenes, but that'd clog up the thread.
     
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    @Trevor and @Porco Azzurro Amazing posts, some of the best seen on the Cantina. Thanks for sharing, brings up a lot of emotions for me. I am still formulating my response to this thread....not sure I can put this into words.....
     
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    Thank you @Lock_S_Foils, what a lovely compliment. I am sure you can come up with something eventually, and I look forward to reading it. I agree @Trevor’s response was great too, but they’re all interesting to read.

    @MandoChip, that’s actually a cool idea... Maybe that could be another thread sometime, ‘Images that Sum Up Star Wars for You’ or similar.
     
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    I guess to me Star Wars is that feeling of just wonder that you get as a kid. I only vaguely remember watching the original star wars films for the first time, it was at home not at the cinema as I was too young, but what I most remember is after watching jumping around my living pretending to be Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight on an adventure. That feeling of childlike wonder and excitement is what I most relate to watching and reading star wars when it is at its best. I got it when again when I first read the Thrawn Trilogy and again when I watched the prequels, I know a lot of people were disappointed/angry about them, but for me I can't put into words how much I loved seeing fully-fledged Jedi's going on adventures across a massive galaxy it was what I had dreamed of seeing as a kid, and brought me back that childlike wonder feeling I had when I was a mini-me.

    The Disney era has been a bit hit and misses for me, maybe because I'm older, but there have definitely been times in the Disney era were I have felt like the childlike excitement, the opening scenes of the force awakens, seeing the star destroyer in the Akkadese Maelstrom blocking the falcons escape in solo, the first time we see Exegol, Luke entrance in The Mandalorian, first seeing the child in the Mandalorian, pretty much the whole of Rogue One, Maul in Solo.....

    I don't like it when star wars tries to be a bit meta I want to feel like I am watching a story of these characters. Really that what Star Wars is to me that feeling of being able to suspend disbelief and show me something fantastic that transports me to a long time ago in a galaxy far away.
     
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    The influence Star Wars had on me as a child is a huge part of who I am today. I'm an empire child. When I was a kid back in '82, I saw TESB trailer in theaters with some friends. It blew me away and at that moment I was forever changed.
    Star wars for me is that feeling of other worldly wonderment and magic. Being transported to another galaxy and experiencing human and alien life on other planets. The magic of the force and the struggle of the Rebels and how everything didn't always go there way against the poweful Empire.
    That feeling when yoda lifts Luke's ship out of the swamp water. That feeling when the Millennium Falcon is flying through the clouds approaching Cloud City and the music that accompanied both of those moments. The feeling I had when seeing the power of Darth Vader when he was fighting Luke and he pauses, raises his lightsaber blade close to his face and uses the force to hurl random objects at Luke and the music that accompanied that scene. The feeling of hopelessness, loss and betrayal when Han was frozen in carbonite. The look of pain and anguish in his motionless expression as he lay there encased in black "ice" yet somehow still alive. I can't express enough the magestical score during all of these moments. The score of TESB is a character in and of itself. The score when Han was flying the Falcon through the asteroid field out maneuvering TIE fighters to their doom. It was these moments and others like them that define what starwars is to me. (wampa)(tie)
     
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    How profound. If only more fans were like you and appreciated the depth of lessons that you can get from a good story.

    Here's an article from this weeks NYT.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/movies/star-wars-fan-films.html


    It discusses how some fans, whose definition of SW is essentially the OT and nothing else.
    Essentially (and to be crude here for a moment). SW is about Luke Skywalker kicking everyone's back side without breaking a sweat. As I mentioned on another forum, SW is a fan insert.
     
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    In TESB, it was Vader who was kicking Luke's back side not the other way around and Luke was sweating his ass off.
     
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