I finally saw the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, which is much like the old Star Wars movie of 1977. My hunch is that it was aimed in part to rope in the giant Chinese audience, which was too busy slopping the pigs down on the collective farm to get into Star Wars mania back in 1977-1983, and was unimpressed by the 1999-2005 prequels. So when the new movie opens in China in a week, a lot of Chinese people are going to experience an intentionally vintagey film in the hopes of showing them what all the excitement was about. As with Harry Potter and many other recent blockbusters, the central theme remains Heredity Uber Alles. My impression was that George Lucas didn’t originally intend for Star Wars to be so inbred in plotting, but audience responses drew him toward making everybody...
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Dec 27th 2015