Why don’t I love the new Star Wars films?

sw1   Chewbacca and Han Solo in a still from the Star Wars: The Force

Which is the better film; Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Star Wars: Rogue One? Which is the better film Star Wars: A New Hope or Star Wars: A Phantom Menace? A really hard one now… which is the better film Star Wars: Return of the Jedi or Star Wars: Attack of the Clones?

I saw Rogue One recently and I quite enjoyed it, probably enjoyed it slightly more than The Force Awakens. But there’s this constant comparison going on in my mind when I see a Star Wars film; Is this one better than that one, is that one better than this one? It really skews the way I experience each film. When I saw The Force Awakens, the main things in my mind were; I hope this is better than A Phantom Menace, I hope this is as good as A New Hope or The Empire Strikes Back.

Neither The Force Awakens or Rogue One have lived up to my expectations, to be honest. But maybe my expectations were impossibly high. After all, when I first saw A New Hope I was a kid in the middle of a six-week Summer holiday that felt like it would go on forever; I could run a mile in my Incredible Hulk trainers without once worrying about paying my credit card bill. Back then I didn’t care whether this film was better than that film or that film wasn’t as good as this film. I just watched them and loved them. If only I could watch films that way now. Maybe I’d love them again.

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7 thoughts on “Why don’t I love the new Star Wars films?

  1. I know what you mean. Same with books much of the time. I wish I could just enjoy them sometimes without analyzing them. For what it’s worth, I thought The Force Awakens was an inferior, derivative film. Haven’t seen Rogue One, not do I feel any desire to.

  2. New Hope, Empire Strikes and Return were all pretty good fun because they weren’t bound into a timeline. The next trilogy always felt like a foot being forced into a shoe that didn’t quite fit. Lucas added to the irritation by adding cute moments that echoed the earlier movies.
    The Force Awakens left me cold, no desire to see the story through to its conclusion. Frankly, I hope the Borg show up and assimilate the whole damn cast. I’m not sure anyone would notice if they did.

    1. Good to know I’m not the only one who feels a lack of connection to Force Awakens. Seems blindingly obvious to me that the film has no proper structure, a nonsensical plot and poor characters. It is a diabolically bad movie. However, my own family ( including under 10s) say they love it and say they find the 1977-83 films slow and dated. I don’t know what to think anymore and, in protest, may have to become a cave-dwelling hermit.

  3. I was the same with Rogue One. It seemed different yet familiar. It wasn’t a carbon copy like TFA. Yet even with the negatives they’re still good films, but I fear the constant trickle of Star Wars will in the end hurt the franchise more.

    1. To me there doesn’t seem much cohesive story structure to TFA. With A New Hope for example there was a beginning, middle and end. Similarly with Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. And the trilogy as a whole has a beginning, middle and end. Proper story structure. All the other films feel a bit like stuff’s being thrown at the wall and whatever sticks goes in the film. Thanks so much for reading my blog btw.

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