Disney loses fans’ trust with ‘Star Wars’

Disney loses fans' trust with ‘Star Wars’

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Drew Miller, Video Editor

Disney recently acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 and has made mistakes at every turn with “Star Wars”. Disney’s last movie “Solo: A Star Wars Story” did terrible at the box office. Now is a better time than ever to prove Disney wants to tell entertaining “Star Wars” stories and not just use it as an easy way to secure cash from fans. 

Star Wars started in 1977, and has made 10 movies. The “Star Wars” franchise is beloved by fans because of its sci-fi elements and the force. Within the storytelling of “Star Wars”, they hopped around in the timeline. It started with the main events in the original trilogy, then into the past of Obi-Wan and Anakin in the prequels, and now continuing the story 35 years after the events of the original trilogy. 

“As a kid, that’s about the time where you start looking at this action-adventure and start thinking how cool this kind of series is, so I love it. I’ve loved it since I was a kid, seeing every single thing even like the spin-off cartoons,” biology teacher Ben Straka said.

The “Star Wars” series has a sense of magic with its storytelling. It is basic, good against evil, but yet is perfect in combination with the force. In “Star Wars: A New Hope”, the first movie made in the series, there is an overwhelming evil the hero Luke has to face with very little experience. It gives an underdog to root for, and that is where the new movies mess up. After the events of “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” leaves the resistance winning the civil war and in control of the galaxy, it is unrealistic to make them the underdogs again.

“You want to be surprised, and you want the story to be told in order to get you from the beginning of the movie to the end of the movie,” Straka said.

“You want to be surprised, and you want the story to be told in order to get you from the beginning of the movie to the end of the movie””

— Ben Straka

In “Star Wars”, there has to be a balance between good and evil. In the newest movie, they take this too seriously. Supreme Leader Snoke is the main antagonist for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”  and ends up dying halfway through the movie. Then there is Luke, he has not done anything in the series for a while. Luke thought the new trilogy is built up to be super powerful, but doesn’t get any payoff. Luke dies from using a force hologram at the climax of the movie.

“I thought it was so stupid. It made no sense in the end. He dies for doing a force hologram. So, it was kind of weird and didn’t really make sense why he would just die,” junior Ethan Hall said.

All the movies Disney made so far are either okay prequels, copies of other “Star Wars” movie plots or in the case of “The Last Jedi” surprising but not the kind moviegoers wanted. With their other movies not doing well, Disney has one last chance to win fans over and prove they are not just doing it for the money.

Junior Carter Smith added, with the original trilogy they took time to develop the characters. But with the new trilogy, the characters are underdeveloped and are more targeted towards children to sell more toys.

The new trilogy has made many wrong turns, failing to capture the magic of the originals. The score so far for the new trilogy is a measly 6/10. With “Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker” planned for release on Dec. 20, will Disney redeem themselves or lose fans’ trust?

“Anytime that a cultural phenomenon comes along like ‘Star Wars’, I think that you have to sit back and take it with a grain of salt. You’re not in control of what goes on in the movies, you are purely a person that is along for the ride and whether you enjoy that ride or you do not enjoy that ride is really what fandom is about. You can talk about it, but you can’t change it,” Straka explained.