The new “Star Wars” is BORING.
My date wanted to see it. I knew what to expect, and as we drove away, she agreed.
The story, even some of the exact characters, are lifted directly from the same movie of 1977.
Abrams gets “credit” for the writing and directing, but his specialty seems to be in copying others, including himself. That’s my highest praise.
The whole idea of a magic bullet that destroys planets? Not only lifted from the original star wars, but also from a “star trek” movie he directed. Remember the wiggly jiggly big red ball of death? Aaaargh.
Finally, the latest edition of star wars sports a good amount of poor acting, lousy internal consistency, and a whole lot of “just don’t make sense.”
But spoiling on the latest movie isn’t what this post is about. No, I like taking a bit of current culture and using it to illuminate the big world around us. And this movie, no matter how much money it makes, helps prove that “the force” is leaving our culture, our humanity.
You see, even as we watch crazy giant aliens blow up planets, our own civilization could be building its own on Luna and Mars.
Instead of watching crazy red tractors float across sand dunes, we could be capturing lightning to power our cars and computers.
Instead of watching evil magic-wielding weirdos sporting beautiful makeup and hair, we could be working towards universal healthcare and education.
Instead, our government, our culture, and our civilization are moving away from all these things.
Instead, most of us are more concerned with our pensions, our youth, and showing off our “stuff.”
Every great civilization has risen, and fallen. The Egyptians, Indus, Mesopotamians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, and others. Every single one of them became inbred, and finally bored with themselves.
Then young upstarts from outside those civilizations came in and conquered. Those young upstarts weren’t bored. They were motivated. The Romans called them “barbarians.” Today we call them entrepreneurs, radicals, even terrorists.
Star Wars is boring. Our current culture is boring. The lesson from History is that boring is the same as death.
Who do you know who isn’t boring? They are the ones to watch. Because the force is with them.
May the force also be with you.