Last night, George Lucas screened Star Wars Episode III:Revenge of the Sith for the press out at his Skywalker Ranch. According to this article, this movie is “not for kids”….why are people surprised by this? The last 5 films have had “kid friendly” elements, but come on folks, this is a series of movies about the eternal struggle between good and evil.
Think about the first film (Episode IV:A New Hope), let’s see…a whole planet (Alderaan) destroyed…a space station the size of a moon destroyed…Stormtroopers dying by the dozens….exploding X-Wings, some quite graphically.
So why are people shocked this one is violent? We are talking about the rise of a totalitarian regieme in the form of the Empire….the destruction of the Jedi Order, with almost every Jedi being killed….and did you think Darth Vader wears the armor for fun? Did you think that was just a really bad case of asthma?
There was no way this film could be cute and cuddly…this is, and has always been, the darkest chapter in the overall story. There have been little clues in Episode I and II, but I won’t give away what they were so people who want to stay spoiler free can. I will reveal what they were after the film comes out.
To the point of this post though, I really want to make sure everyone sees one specific quote:
“We’re getting a lot of flak from parents, a lot of people saying how can you do this? My children love these movies. Why can you not let them go see it?” Lucas told The Associated Press in a recent interview. “But I have to tell a story. I’m not making these, oddly enough, to be giant, successful blockbusters. I’m making them because I’m telling a story, and I have to tell the story I intended.”
Thank you George Lucas! I respect you for sticking with YOUR vision, and not giving in when it would have been so darn easy.
This is not going to be a warm and fuzzy film folks. There is going to be blood, gore, heartbreak and death…an awful lot of death.