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What the NY Times wants us to know / think about the new Star Wars movie

17 Dec

J.J. Abrams has made sure to check all the right identity politics boxes:

now Luke, Leia and Han have been succeeded by a charismatic, talented trio — played by Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley — who look more like the multitudes humankind contains, a genuine diversity infrequently represented in our movies. Yet while these three are variations on the original holy trinity,

[…]

The one seemingly unambiguous note is that the new-school Luke Skywalker is a young woman, a desert scavenger named Rey (Ms. Ridley), who shares Luke’s skill set and love of natural fabrics.

That Finn saves Rey and she saves him in turn isn’t a new dynamic; Princess Leia, created in the wake of second-wave feminism, was always a thoroughly liberated woman, whether shooting a laser gun or working a metal bikini.

[…]

his most far-reaching accomplishment here is casting Mr. Isaac, Mr. Boyega and Ms. Ridley — a Latino, a black man and a white woman — in this juggernaut series.

Blah blah blah fishcakes.

Frankly, though, that’s all I need to know.

Not interested.

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15 Comments

Posted by on December 17, 2015 in America, Brave New World Order, The Kulturkampf

 

15 responses to “What the NY Times wants us to know / think about the new Star Wars movie

  1. Bettega

    December 17, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Interesting that he uses the term “multitudes”, that’s communist terminology.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multitude

    “Recently the term has returned to prominence as a new model of resistance against global systems of power as described by political theorists Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri in their international best-seller Empire (2000) and expanded upon in their Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire (2004). Other theorists recently began to use the term include political thinkers associated with Autonomist Marxism and its sequelae, including Sylvère Lotringer, Paolo Virno, and thinkers connected with the eponymous review Multitudes.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multitude:_War_and_Democracy_in_the_Age_of_Empire

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multitudes

    It seens both the movie and the reviewer are totally commies. Where is McCarthy when we need him?

     
  2. feeriker

    December 17, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Not interested.

    Me neither. The Star Wars franchise played itself out with the completion of the last of the three prequels, which were unnecessary and sub-standard, sez me. This new dreck is just fodder for the masses of acerecral consumerist morons who lack any sense of taste or critical thinking ability (in other words, the sort that keeps contemporary Hollywood in business). This of course guarantees that this artistic stinker will be a financial blockbuster.

    Now I know why I never watch anything other than classic movies anymore.

     
  3. AmicusC

    December 17, 2015 at 11:56 am

    read a synopsis that had pros cons list and tagged all the reused themes from the original trilogy. apparently this is essentially new hope with a couple splashes of v and vi plus pc approved.

    ill probably end up watching at some point but I wont be handing cash over to do so.

     
  4. Will S.

    December 17, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    @ Bettega: Indeed. I don’t know anyone in film sci-fi who isn’t a fricking leftist, alas.

    @ feeriker: Agreed. I will have some interesting arguments over the holidays with some fanboy / fangirl friends of mine, who will have seen this, and will try to convince me I ought to; I’ll tell them I’ll wait to see it at their place on the copy they’ll inevitably buy…

    @ Amicus: I read the same thing. Recycled, rehashed B.S. for nostalgic fanboys / fangirls who wanna relive their childhoods, plus P.C. agitprop added in for prog bonus points. I’ll not pay to see it, but I too will likely see it eventually at the house of a couple who are a fanboy and a fangirl. I won’t spend money either.

     
  5. Peter Blood

    December 17, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Even the original trilogy was heavily compromised by Episode VI. I will admit that Ewoks are much less egregious than Jar Jar Binks.

     
  6. Will S.

    December 18, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Indeed. I remember, even though I was quite young, how disappointing I found Episode VI, even compared to Episode IV, which was far inferior to Episode V.

    Yes, it’s hard to get more annoying than Jar Jar Binks, though C3P0 came close.

     
  7. feeriker

    December 19, 2015 at 12:45 am

    I know that this won’t surprise anyone here, but while traveling today I overheard five separate peple in three different airports mention that they plan on going to see Star Wars instead of going to Christmas Eve church services. Maybe the churchio-humanists in Berlin have a method to their madness after all.

    Incidentally, does anyone think that if J.J. Abrams were to paraphrase George Harrison of 50 years ago by saying “Star Wars is more popular than Jesus” that anyone would get as upset as people did then – or that they would be foolish enough to argue that it’s not true?

     
  8. Will S.

    December 19, 2015 at 11:50 am

    “I know that this won’t surprise anyone here, but while traveling today I overheard five separate peple in three different airports mention that they plan on going to see Star Wars instead of going to Christmas Eve church services. Maybe the churchio-humanists in Berlin have a method to their madness after all.”

    Indeed not surprising to us, but bet they would have stayed home from church services anyway, though.

    “Incidentally, does anyone think that if J.J. Abrams were to paraphrase George Harrison of 50 years ago by saying “Star Wars is more popular than Jesus” that anyone would get as upset as people did then”

    Not likely, since it’s true, alas…

    “or that they would be foolish enough to argue that it’s not true?”

    Again, not likely, since it is true…

     
  9. infowarrior1

    December 20, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Watched the movie due to the fact that I went out with friends that want to see the movie.

    And saw the hallmarks:

    Ridiculously physically overpowered(And later overpowered jedi) woman with obnoxious attitude(In the First 3rd of the movie at least) check

    Token minority check

    Female Stormtroopers and Commanders check(In spite of the fact that a fascist state is all-male in leadership and military)

    Rehash of the plot of the earlier star wars movies.

    The good parts:

    Featuring X-wing pilots, Han Solo and Chewbacca.

     
  10. infowarrior1

    December 20, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Don’t think there are Female X-wing pilots in the original movie though. But its there in the movie.

     
  11. bluebird of bitterness

    December 21, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I always look forward to Christmas Eve midnight mass; it’s my favorite service of the year. So if anyone asks me if I want to go watch Star Wars on Christmas Eve (not likely, but I guess it could happen) I have the perfect excuse to get out of it.

     
  12. Will S.

    December 21, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Indeed!

     

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