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Forget the Rise of Skywalker: Let Me Tell You Why I Hate Star Wars

James Jay Carafano


Disney could have reinvented Star Wars to break new ground and excite America’s youth. Instead, they’ll be happy with merchandising, selling theme park subscriptions, and signing up subscribers to their new streaming service.  It’s enough to make a droid cry.

On December 20, the last installment of Disney’s Star Wars trilogy will cash in at the box office. A new trailer for Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker is expected any minute now, and rabid fans are salivating in anticipation.

As for me, I already hate the film. From day one, these movies have been the step child of crass commercialism. This is not how we want to inspire the next generation to reach for the stars.

Since its first release of the re-digitized originals, I’ve been an unrepentant critic of Disney for turning the rebellion into a cash cow. Then again, I was never all that impressed with any of the Star Wars sagas, other than the first film, of course.

Most everyone loved the original (1976). It was a brilliant film, nostalgically reimagining the black-and-white cliff hangers like the original (1936). A well-crafted action thriller, it heralded the arrival of a rising director with a brilliant vision for the future of cinema.

Even more importantly, we loved Star Wars because it was the film America needed. In the mid ‘70s, America was in a funk. We were jaded and diminished by the Vietnam War; depressed by stagflation; burned by Watergate, and plagued by movie after movie with , , or

In contrast, Star Wars gave us noble characters, fighting for noble causes and winning. It was adrenalin for the American psyche.

To be honest, none of the subsequent movies measured up. The problem with the rest of the Lucas films was that they were just filling in details. Episodes I through III were particularly unsatisfying, telling a story when we already knew how it ended. It was like coming in late, watching the last half of a movie, and then sitting around for the next showing just to see if you missed anything. You didn’t.

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