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A Star Wars reboot: Maybe my vision isn't as crazy as it sounds

por Christi Toro (2020-05-05)


id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> It's only a matter of time before Disney reboots everything. 

3530131211_AKs6lvEi_6410bd980d656f57f6e4Walt Disney Pictures With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in theaters, the grand operatic sci-fi tale, spanning more than four decades and nine films, and charting the rise and fall (and rise and fall again) of a galactic republic, is complete. There may never again be anything as enduring or impactful on pop culture.

Which is why a reboot is inevitable.

Sacrilege, you say? In an era in which everything is getting either a hard or a soft reboot, from Total Recall to Spider-Man (twice), it's a wonder Star Wars has remained untouched. Let's face it. Knowing Disney -- currently on a run to reboot all its animated classics into live movies -- it's only a matter of time. So let's fast-forward through the hand-wringing and outcry over messing with cinematic history and admit to ourselves that a reboot may actually be an opportunity to make some fixes.

Now playing: Watch this: We rode Disney's new Star Wars ride 8:02 The Star Wars universe spans an amazing collection of shows, novels, video games and more, but the films aren't perfect. Even The Rise of Skywalker comes off as predictable despite the fact that, according to CNET reviewer Richard Trenholm, it's entertaining and contains plenty of fun nods to the earlier movies. Having seen it, I'd agree that it's a blast, if a bit safe and unsurprising. And while the nine movies fit together, there isn't the consciously planned feel of something like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Most of the Star Wars films, especially the latest three, ?? ?? feel cobbled together one at a time, offering direction and tone that's whiplashed between one film and the next. 

So why not start all over again, with boundary-pushing filmmakers and a Kevin Feige-like superproducer setting a grand plan for all nine films? Or why not tap Feige himself, since it's all in the same Walt Disney family?

No, seriously, take a breath. It's not as radical as you think.

Mixed bag of films
Before I go down the rabbit hole of criticism, let me be upfront. I. Love. Star Wars. And have since watching Empire Strikes Back at 3 (which was a little traumatizing, when you don't understand the concept of cliff-hangers). I've watched pretty much every related cartoon and read most of the older novels, and like everyone else, I adore Baby Yoda. Even my 3-year-old loves watching X-wings flying into battle. (Side note: I realize, just like me, he may be too young to watch X-wings blow tie fighters out of space. Oh well.)

Star Wars: A New Hope is a damn near perfect film, and The Empire Strikes Back improves on it by upping the drama, tension and stakes, capped off by Vader's reveal and the cliffhanger with Han. I loved Return of the Jedi as a kid, and while it lacks the punch of the previous two films, it sticks the landing on an impressive trilogy.