Thursday, May 05, 2011

Blah.

Do you ever wonder if George Lucas just enjoys getting fanboy hackles up? Because I have to believe that's the reason the Lucasfilm team chose this as the artwork that will adorn the impending blu-ray release of the complete Star Wars cycle. Forget his constant tinkering and re-tinkering with the original three movies without hitting "Save As," and forget his perplexing aversion to letting us see the films in their theatrical forms. You just have to admire the sheer cojones it takes to have the entire breadth of the Star Wars universe -- Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Lando freakin' Calrissian -- to choose from, and instead settle on ten-year-old Jake Lloyd as the visual embodiment of everything your saga represents. It's like Lucas is daring you not to buy it.

6 comments:

TheNewMadhhab said...

Well, the cover does show Luke's shadow, back, "the Force" hologram in addition to that runt Lloyd!

Zaki said...

The only thing even better than this one would have been li'l Anakin and Jar-Jar, holding hands and waving to us, with a caption underneath that says "You know you'll buy it anyway."

Amy said...

I like it. We first meet Luke on Tatooine in Star Wars then we meet Anakin there in Phantom Menace, only for Revenge of the Sith to end with Luke being taken there.

Too often the artwork is crowded, trying to fit in every single character, so I really like the simpicity here, the one focused aspect of the story, the journey--beginning to end.

Zaki said...

Y'know, I think you may just have nailed precisely what bugs me about this artwork. It neatly sums up how, somewhere between the first and second trilogies, Lucas got so caught up in his own pretensions that he completely discarded the swashbuckling sense of fun that STAR WARS used to be about. It's like he started out with FLASH GORDON, then halfway through decided he'd really rather be making DUNE.

Abdul-Halim V. said...

I've been thinking about blogging about the question of "Which is the biggest (most comprehensively worked out, most detailed) fictional universe?" I've decided that Star Trek is probably the winner...

But along the way I realized that part of the reason why the Star Wars universe is so much smaller is that it's not really a sweeping story about many worlds and planets and races. It's really just the saga of the Skywalker family. Even if you include many of the Expanded Universe materials, its still about what happens to Luke and Leia's family after the movies (for the most part... there are a few exceptions, like the Old Republic stories and zombie/star wars hybrid stories)

Zaki said...

I think Lucas' desire to make the focus of the saga explicitly that of the Skywalker family, far from making it more epic, actually limited the scope of the story and made it smaller. Vader? Luke's father. Leia? Luke's sister. From that first movie, you get a sense of a big, wide-open universe of which we're seeing one small part, but by the time we're through with the prequels, you get the sense that the galaxy has about ten people and two planets in it.