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10 Reasons Why Star Wars Appeals to So Many People
Star Wars first popped up into existence in the 70s when George Lucas’s Star Wars creation became a movie in Star Wars: A New Hope. Immediately, space enthusiasts and technological visionaries took to the Star Wars universe that was created at a time when movie making technology and special effects were limited, to say the least. Millions of committed Star Wars fans would follow the movie series as a sequel emerged, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and the final in the trilogy for the time period, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
It was due to George Lucas’s special effects company, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), that the Star Wars galactic space scenes could be made possible, and to say this all began in the 70s makes George Lucas not only a movie-making visionary, but also one of the names behind the technological innovation that all started with ILM.
- Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Star Wars franchise would be put on hiatus until 1999 when Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace would kick off the Star Wars prequel trilogy. This prompted a video-game of the official “The Phantom Menace” movie to be created, and released onto Windows and the PlayStation 2.
Other Star Wars video-games had been made before this point, but there were none of this calibre. The official Star Wars movie video-games were popular, and were released alongside the next upcoming Star Wars movies, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith.
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones released in 2002, and they were commercially successful, but it felt as though the franchise was’t what is used to be. Then, in 2005, released Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, and again, the movie was commercially successful, but similar to the second instalment it felt as though the franchise simply wasn’t what it used to be.
- Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
- Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
- Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
And, at a similar time to the DVD release of Attack of the Clones, the PlayStation 2 video-game for Pandemic’s Star Wars: Battlefront released in 2004, and the video-game had everything that Star Wars fans wanted from a video-game adaptation based around the Star Wars galactic universe. Players could play as the clones, storm troopers, or the rebel alliance; and it was an all out war game with some epic battlefields.
If Star Wars: Battlefront (2004 version) was not enough, there was yet another Pandemic studio Star Wars: Battlefront II that released in 2005 to match the theatrical release of Revenge of the Sith. Battlefront II was very similar to Battlefront, but this time around there is space battles, and the on-ground warfare has been improved upon, and the heroes are now playable.
No.10 - The First Space Movie to Show the Wider Universe
Star Wars was an immediate success, and one of the blatant reasons for this was its depth in universe discovery. The space ships were advanced a hundred years into the future, and everything was imagined from a timespan where the human race has taken life to a galactic level.
It is difficult for the human mind to imagine what it would be like to wonder around space. It is the ultimate foreign land, as on other planets in the wider universe there could be aliens; and on all of the planets in the Star Wars universe there is breathable air, and the whole alien species as a whole seem rather friendly in nature.
Space ships in Star Wars could hyper jump, and this enables the wider discovery of the universe from one persons mind space, and George Lucas seemed to have a firm grasp on what he wanted from the wider universe. There would be friendly aliens, intelligent aliens, grumpy aliens, and a whole bunch of alien species that could amaze screen audiences with their outlandish personality traits.
The wider universe is one filled with expansion, but George Lucas reeled the points of control, and as the audience all we care about is the Jedi’s, storm troopers, rebel alliance, clones, and pinnacle characters which makes up for the majority of the stories progression.
No.9 - Jedi’s Are the Dominant Species in the SW Galactic Universe (and very much liked mankind in the real world)
Jedi’s remind many people that they are not all that different from mankind in their earlier beginnings as a solo species. It has been quite some time since man walked and wore fur as an ape, and it was in those earlier transitional stages from a practical cave man to a civilisation species that the Star Wars Jedi complex comes into focus.
In building a civilisation humans have long believed themselves to be superior to other species on the planet, and often times superior to those around them. The Jedi mindset teaches us, like in early human civilisation, that there must be order as a means to make a safe world for people to live and thrive in whilst battling those who would seek to terrorise the rule of one order in every nation (as it is today).
Mankind needs someone to guide them into the positive world that fills a human soul with passion, inspiration, and utter purity, that gives a person the ability to be pure to oneself and not judged harmfully by those who seek to influence against our wisest teachers in early life. The force controlled by the Jedi is something that prevents harm in the face of adversity, and many a people will have learned a thing or two about accepting the wiser people into our lives to better our purified souls.
No.8 - The Wars Are Epic - people love wars
People love wars. It is plain and simple, and like everything that mankind is, and has done, war remains a focal point throughout mankind's treacherous history. There has for the most part of human civilisation been a great conqueror of lands from near and far who would seek to otherwise influence the flocks of gullible sheep. And, without the basic understanding of the universe, mankind swayed and drifted from a place of peace and sanity as confusion and the unknown led to the mass belief that religion would be the only deciding factor for as to what would happen if a person was to die.
Wars have long been fought over power, control, religious belief takeovers, and with anger fuelling the many it is up to the illustrious few to stand tall and beckon for an alliance to form. See, thinking Star Wars. The problem with wars as that they represent something bigger than all of us, and that is the shared belief that something more can be ours. Like, a person owning Walmart, and then calling out for new world order as Walmart is a giant company that demands more of the market share globally. So, on this note, the owners of Walmart demand that there be a Walmart superstore in every region of the United Kingdom. We want not the Asda brand that sickens my people, and due to this irrational takeover plans will be imminent. This example, although ridiculous, is the idea that forms singularly with one mans opinion for world domination.
Think of the city of Troy, and what was this city meant to Rome. It was nothing more than a small, but great city that had riches and a grande army. For this, they would tear its infrastructure down to the ground, and for nothing more than complete power. This would mean that the survivors from the civilians of Troy would be enslaved, and forced to work for the larger order, and Rome could have its glorious day in the palace of the indestructible Troy. Greed is power, and whether this is going back centuries to a stage when people cease to care. or even a matter of years, it will not be long before people cease to care about present day war.
This is why war was such a vital part to the making of Star Wars that appeals to so many people. The clones are terrible shots, but clearly the technologically advanced, and since they are only robots the victory must be secured by the storm troopers,as these are people wearing ridiculous army uniforms. Not much of a strategic plan to have all of the human soldiers dress in white, as on the battlefield they are going to stick out like cans getting ready to be shot into a bucket.
No.7 - The leading characters are relatable
Everyone has seen (sorry, heard of) the Star Wars franchise movies, and this in its overview may be for entirely different reasons, but the lead characters should be a large factor in the decision making process. Originally, Star Wars fans in the 70s loved Han Solo and Princess Leia, as they made for a good on-screen couple. This remained the same until the end of the original trilogy (1977-1983).
In 1999 there was Liam Neeson, a character many believed to be underused (too bad, the producers didn’t know how successful the actor would be later down the line in action movies). Then of course there is Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader.
No.6 - The Wookie's are funny
That’s right, the Wookie characters are fury stacks of humour. Everyone likes the camaraderie between Han Solo and the Wookie.
Really, this is not an addition that can be touched too much on. But, the Wookie has proven to be a humorous ally throughout the Star Wars series, and most recently appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens alongside the ageing Han Solo himself.
No.5 - R2-D2 and the tin man are relatable
Yeah, I call the golden robot the tin man. Perhaps it is that stage that the jig is up, and it is point blank clear that I am not a fully fledged Star Wars super-fan? Well, truth be told I have only ever been a passing fan of the Star Wars franchise, but there is much deeper meaning to this (now) Disney owned label that seems to be tagged all over the place in 2017.
R2-D2 and the tin man have a close bond with one another and are the greatest of pals. This is obvious for anyone who saw the original Star Wars trilogy that started way back in the 70s. Only, this would have only emerged as a fact after becoming addicted as a child to the LEGO Star Wars video games.
R2-D2 is reliable and can get hands on with technological issues and malfunctions, and given that the space inhabited future for mankind is made of technology the little white dome robot comes in use when the elevator is down, there are ill mannered drones lurking around, and the fighter ship is under attack from spider robotics. Once again, this may be thinking from a Star Wars video game and not the movies.
No.4 - The Balance Between Good and Evil - relates to strong conversational topics about mankind’s own history
Mankind has gone through its fair share of good combating against evil forces in the past. The Roman empire, the British empire, and even the home settlers in the United States of America were all thought on the basis of overcoming evil forces in the wake of a newly formed civilisation.
It is common for the good to call the red indians savages, the far east terrorist, and the foreign speaking language regions of the world amuck with financial debt and corruption. The way mankind perceives good and evil depends on the side of the fence that you are fighting from. The German Nazi’s considered the Jewish people to be evil in that they were on the backlash end of the loss in World War I, as Germany was corrupted into believing that the Jewish people were the ones stealing the countries riches. Hitler believed that the Jewish people in Germany were not joining the fight down in the World War I trenches, and he had ill beliefs about the religious people of this church, and sought to spill their blood to cleanse the earth of evil.
Balancing good and evil is a myth, and is no more real that heaven and hell, the two sacred passages to the light or into the plummeting fires of utter darkness. This is similar to the way that the human brain senses safety and danger, as if a person awakens in a strange place whilst there is light the person will feel safe, but if a person awakens in a strange place whilst there is only darkness then the person will feel utter shock and fear.
In biblical times, the dark represented the possibility of an onslaught to your village, the cut down of all your people, and the overall paranoia of violence. There was no technology for comfort, police on call, or anyone to prevent that sneaky possibility if this being the night when you would be bludgeoned to death in your slumbers. This is perhaps why it made sense for people to follow the similar paths of fear in believing in a higher order, as paranoia led fear would send many a folks running into the arms of a dear old priest. Religion basically tampers with the fragile human mind, and because it is human instinct to run and fight, the opposition of good and evil will always exist in the world.
Do bare in mind that Star Wars is not even nearly this depressing, but it does satisfy that gut instinct to want to protect your land from raiding Vikings in the dead of the night. Then again, Star Wars has some of the strongest forms of allegiance and control to bring order to the galaxy, and this is through the raw numbers and power of the storm troopers. Mankind has built civilisation in such a way that the average settler in a region need not fear the grasps of opposing evil forces just so as long as they support the nation in any and all military campaigns.
No.3 - The extended Star Wars universe - now that Disney own the rights to the Star Wars brand, this will be even better
Star Wars is a universe, and like all franchises with a universe, this basically turns the one lined order of things into a spider diagram of things that are happening whilst using the Star Wars story (in its more current form), as everything must tie-in together, otherwise audiences will feel unsettled about the structure of things.
Walt Disney have moved quickly with their newly owned franchise, and since it is Star Wars there are endless avenues to go down. Star Wars released its first Disney-run movie in 2015, titled Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and this movie alone earned the Walt Disney studio a return of more than 2 billion dollars at the worldwide Box Office.
The extended Star Wars universe however, has also received its first title release, titled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which also faired well at the global box office bringing in a tickets return of more than a billion dollars.
Given the overwhelming success of the Star Wars extended universe release, Rogue One, there is no telling what plans Disney have up their sleeves for furthering the Star Wars extended universe into the galaxy far far away.
No.2 - Unrealistic plots - entirely fictional, and people love fiction when it works
The plots for Star Wars are all way out there, and many would have a fairly strong argument for their plots being a little over the top. Because, as if the intergalactic forces could embark on such endearing missions without a solution being found quicker. Or, why is it that there is no new order forming in the whereabouts of proper regulatory super-suits for soldiers, as it would only make sense to kit out your soldiers with fancy, high-tech armour plated gear.
Plus, the overall consensus for a Star Wars movie is that the individual needs to have all of the knowledge to see the movie, when in truth, this was the first ever movie franchise to expand on unrealistic movie plots, but when the fiction works - the fiction works. No arguments here, and this is perhaps one of the biggest reasons for Star Wars being so alienated until the Disney buyout, because no one wants their name tied to a franchise that has become ludicrously unravelled with plot twists. The conversation about Star Wars unbelievable plots is one of the worst arguments, since the plots were never meant to be realistically evaluated, and this was a part of the dumb fun entertainment factor that appeals to so many people around the world.
No.1 - Star Wars never ends
If there is something that worldwide audiences despise, it is the ending of a popular and most likely long running movie series. The Harry Potter movie series ended years ago now, and at the time there were long time fans watching the conclusion ceremony with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and J.K. Rowling actually crying as they got teary with the leading stars for the franchise.
Harry Potter still remains an active franchise in 2017, but this is largely due to the success reached for the sales of the Harry Potter books, especially in digital format. Plus, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them released into theatres as a spin-off tying in with the Harry Potter wizarding world. No Harry Potter? Nope. That ship has come and sailed long ago now.
Lord of the Rings is another big movie franchise that reached out to so many people back in the early 2000s, and the hype around the series lasted for 3 years (2001-2003) when the movie series abruptly ended. This may have also received a lot of audiences crying at the end of the third instalment when Frodo and Sam-Wise are being airlifted by the giant eagles to save them from the fiery inferno.
Then emerged The Hobbit series, a prequel trilogy for The Lord of the Rings franchise, and due to over-stretching the storyline they made an error in ever starting the prequel trilogy. But, Peter Jackson wasn’t about to turn down the stacks of money that lye in his wait for his arrival to direct the damned movies.
The second Hobbit movie was perhaps a bit cheerier, as it saw the return of an iconic Lord of the Rings character, Legolas. Yeah, yeah, Gandalf was still there in the first through to the last of the Hobbit movies, but there is no getting past the fact that Gandalf is quite clearly older in the prequel trilogy (TH) that he is in the original trilogy (LOTR).
One of the first movie franchises to make a grande and unexpected return in the 2010s was Jurassic World, a spin-off from the critically acclaimed works of Jurassic Park. Some would argue that the movie was too cheery and bright for the setting that it was in, but with Chris Pratt as the lead for the movie what could possibly go wrong. Jurassic World to an extent was a far cry from its predecessor trilogy, Jurassic Park, and although Jurassic World was visually stunning with plenty of CGI around every damned corner, nothing quite beats the special effects done for Jurassic Park by George Lucas’s special effects company, ILM.
Star Wars, however, is a movie franchise that simply never stops, and because the source material was all wrapped up in the original movies, the story can go in pretty much any direction. The ferocious following that Star Wars has garnered over the years truly shows in 2017, as Marvel audiences have all taken a break to go over to Star Wars to show some love and support. It cost Walt Disney $4 billion to buy the rights to Star Wars, and they have been making fast work to get their money back from the good people of the ‘everyone' audiences.
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