The Star Wars sequel trilogy is a difficult a single to replicate on in retrospect – largely since of its missed alternatives, and how hard The Rise of Skywalker worked to ignore the occasions of its predecessor.
But a more substantial authority on Star Wars thinks the sequels failed: Marcia Lucas, one of the original editors of the 1977 movie, who was previously married to George Lucas and educated parts of A New Hope’s script. In a foreword to the book Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Lifestyle by the late, excellent JW Rinzler, Lucas reportedly slams the conclusion to destroy off Han Solo in Star Wars: The Power Awakens.
“They really don’t get it,” Lucas wrote, in accordance to IGN. “And J.J. Abrams is crafting these tales – when I observed the film where they get rid of Han Solo, I was furious… Totally, positively there was no rhyme or purpose to it. I thought, You will not get the Jedi story. You really don’t get the magic of Star Wars. You are acquiring rid of Han Solo? And then at the close of this last one, they have Luke disintegrate. They killed Han Solo. They killed Luke Skywalker. And they don’t have Princess Leia any more. And they are spitting out flicks every single yr.”
This foreword was seemingly composed in advance of The Rise of Skywalker released, centered on the reference to Luke Skywalker disintegrating. Lucas did not have specially form text for how Rey’s tale was executed, either, mentioning that the supply of her powers or who she is was not defined (a little something that would be ‘rectified’ by Episode 9’s dreadful ‘Rey is a Palpatine’ expose).
Lucas also weighed in with her gut response to Episode I’s release back in 1999. “I cried. I cried due to the fact I failed to believe it was extremely superior.” She mentions some casting conclusions, CG and the tale as her issues with that motion picture.
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Evaluation: is Marcia Lucas suitable?
Marcia Lucas’s contributions to Star Wars are noticeable to everyone who compares the authentic trilogy to either the prequels or the sequels – not a single scene is squandered, and the story zips together at a best pace. She also edited Martin Scorsese’s movies Alice Does not Live Listed here Any longer, Taxi Driver and New York, New York, as nicely as her ex-husband’s early motion pictures.
Is she right about the sequel videos? Her point of view is genuinely interesting to read about – and it really is plainly one particular that is just not informed by the relentless on the internet discourse about the films at all, but as a substitute a uncooked knowledge of what makes Star Wars function.
It is fascinating that Lucas draws concentration to Han Solo’s loss of life, which several would argue was 1 of the more thriving moments of the sequence. Criticism tends to be directed at the deficiency of consistency amongst the films from a storytelling viewpoint, as Abrams and Rian Johnson pulled the trilogy in distinct instructions to discouraging impact.
It is really really worth pointing out that Harrison Ford experienced beforehand lobbied for Han Solo’s loss of life in Return of the Jedi, believing the character served small purpose in that motion picture immediately after his rescue from Jabba the Hutt’s palace. Coming again to the role to eliminate him off with a superior ending was, presumably, section of the attractiveness for Ford in returning to the character.
As for Rey’s development, it’s difficult not to see Daisy Ridley’s character as a skipped chance generally. But the apparent variations in perspective about that character guiding-the-scenes undermined her impact – not that it experienced something to do with Ridley’s superb performances.