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And so it begins, a Disney Star Wars movie. Disney had its share of false starts when it started venturing away from such titles as “Superdad” and “The Apple Dumpling Gang” to its first PG-rated movie, a sci-fi action flick no less, the box office flop that was 1979’s “The Black Hole.” At the time, it was deemed too expensive for Disney to use some Star Wars magic and rent equipment from George Lucas and his Industrial Light and Magic. Of course, all that was a long time ago. After the Disney buyout of Lucas to the tune of $4.05 billion, would Disney gain some real Star Wars cred? The goal seems to be met.

This Star Wars movie had to be better than the last three installments and it had to harken back to that something special from the original, without kowtowing to it. Were the Egyptian pyramids this intimidating to build? Yes, I think so. When I read Lev Grossman wax on about Star Wars in Time magazine, it felt like he was describing something too big to fail. When I saw the Star Wars special edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live, I saw in J.J. Abrams one relieved dude. The major players from the cast were there with Mr. Abrams. And they too looked relieved, after having carried a mighty weight upon their shoulders. They had all survived an enterprise involving enough money to bankroll a number of countries’ annual budgets.

Lor San Tekka (Max von Sydow) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Lor San Tekka (Max von Sydow) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This movie was designed to not disappoint anyone. And, if you believe the speculation from diehard fans, the opening line says it all, “This will begin to make things right.” The opening line is recited by Lor San Tekka (Max von Sydow) at the prospect of finding a gone missing Luke Skywalker. But, as core fans will tell you, it sure sounds like a coded message related to fans’ distaste for the Star Wars prequels. This is something that Abrams certainly took to heart.

Finn (John Boyega)  and Rey (Daisy Ridley) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Finn (John Boyega)
and Rey (Daisy Ridley) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There is no doubt that the shadow of the Star Wars legend looms larger than life here. An answer to R2-D2. Check. An answer to Han Solo. Check. An answer to Yoda. Check. And so on down the line to the Mos Eisley Cantina and Luke Skywalker’s X-34 Landspeeder. The sense of urgency to get it right is ferociously palpable. It is directed into every single scene by J.J. Abrams. Abrams wrote the final script with original trilogy writer Lawrence Kasdan. The two best new additions to the franchise: John Boyega as Finn, a runaway deserter; and Daisy Ridley as Rey, a reluctant new hero in touch with The Force.

In simpler times: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford

In simpler times: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford

Star Wars was never true science fiction. It was fantasy and, more to the point, a comment on fantasy. At its core, Star Wars was a quirky tribute by George Lucas, a nostalgic look back to Buck Rogers and action-packed pulp fiction. It was a nostalgia for childhood entertainment that was then reconfigured into something even more enchanting. By the time that the original trilogy was completed, George Lucas was done. So, it’s hard to really blame him for the direction he took with the prequels which was as far removed from the original source as possible. It was simply too early to get all nostalgic over something that was nostalgic to begin with. And, anyway, Harrison Ford would never have reprised his role at that point. More time would need to pass which brings us to what amounts to this fun revisit.

But how often can you successfully tap into nostalgia with a franchise like Star Wars? As the James Bond franchise has learned, it all needs to be measured out in proper doses. For now, it looks like a new trilogy has been mapped out that holds on to what made Star Wars worthwhile to begin with. In the end, at its best, Star Wars was an eccentric notion by an eccentric guy named George Lucas. It’s now a franchise designed to not disappoint anyone.


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Star Wars Episode VII Trailer 2015


Are you ready for a trailer to the next Star Wars movie? So are so many other people. Hmm, you would think that this year’s San Diego Comic-Con would be an excellent venue to unveil an official trailer. For now, that most coveted trailer remains but a fan’s hope.

And speaking of fans, I happen to like these two Star Wars fan tributes. Take your pick: serious or funny. The first one right below is serious and taps into the thrill of it all.

This other one is not so serious, it’s not even trying to be anything but funny. No, it’s not even trying to be a fan trailer but it’s good, it’s damn good.

I don’t know about you but I’d definitely stand in line to watch this Star Wars comedy.

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This image released by ABC shows Disney President and CEO Robert Iger, left, and filmmaker George Lucas of LucasFilm Ltd, at a contract signing in Burbank, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it was buying Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion. (AP Photo/Disney, Rick Rowell) We, at Comics Grinder, hope this clears up any confusion.

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It was announced today that Disney has bought Lucasfilm. Is this a marriage made in heaven? Will it last? Even though George Lucas has been paid a king’s ransom, you’d think that his dearest wish is that Yoda and the gang will be in good company with Mickey and his crew. Did George Lucas sell out? Read the full story, from Forbes, here. Is Disney the rightful heir to the Star Wars franchise? We shall see. The first test will be how they handle, “Star Wars: Episode 7,” due out in 2015. You can read more about that, from MTV, here.

This will take time for some fans to process while many are probably ready to cry foul. It is worth showcasing this recent comment, by Jamion, attached to the coverage by Forbes:

Lucas… Lucas Lucas. Disney is only going to steal the Star Wars name and molest it for money. If you wanted Star Wars to survive beyond you, you should have created a Star Wars Committee to act as an independent governing body for all things Star Wars related. An organization whose sole purpose for being is the maintenance of Star Wars lore and canon. This organization could have been used to fund the arts, to create a place for independent writers and filmmakers to come and learn the art of film making. As well a the creation of an official Star Wars museum that tells the whole Expanded Universe lore of the saga. This could have been used a dedicated fiscal organization to promotion of Star Wars products without being forced to have them degraded with other stories like Mickey, Song of the South, etc. This is bad move, not only are throwing away the integrity of your creation your are alienating your fan base, the people who spend their money on your creation. This is a bad, almost anyone can tell you this a bad move. You don’t throw the people who give you money to the wolves, you don’t screw over your customer base. It’s bad business, it’s bad ethics, it’s bad common sense.

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