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Caroline Siede @CarolineSiede
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Star Wars is by far the most depressing big budget movie franchise. On a long enough time scale, evil always wins and everyone lives terrible lives before dying tragic deaths.
The Last Jedi gets refered to as the “dark” Star Wars, but it’s the world building in The Force Awakens that I find almost unbearably bleak.
The Rebellion failed so badly that The Empire 2.0 was able to return even stronger than before. Plus Han and Leia’s relationship was permanently destroyed after they raised an evil, murderous son who then goes on to kill Han. And people describe THAT as the “fun” Star Wars.
IDK if it explains the box office, but I certainly felt a pall over Solo knowing the plucky hero grows up to divorce the love of his life, be abandoned by his best human friend, raise a mass murdering Nazi son, and then be KILLED by said son.
Plus Solo tosses in some tragic backstory for Han’s early years too so the dude was only not living in a Greek tragedy for, what, 10-15 years of his entire life? Yeesh.
(A fun game to play is to pick literally any character from the Star Wars movie universe and realize, wow, their life was actually horribly tragic.)
The original Star Wars trilogy definitely has an optimistic message. But the additional films all seem to argue that in the cyclical battle of good vs. evil, evil always wins. Happy endings are only temporary.
To their credit, the prequels at least realized they were telling a fundamentally tragic story. I’m not sure any of these new films (even The Last Jedi) fully do.
None of this is to say it’s bad for big budget films to be dark or wrong for people to emotionally connect to tragic stories! There just seems to be a divide between the optimistic core that’s so often linked to Star Wars and the stuff that actually happens on screen.
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