Star Wars is not simply a movie. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a way of living and a way of conducting ourselves in society. Not only watching these movies but understanding them as well can change a life, an entire society.
The movies reflect the current state of society. George Lucas essentially held up a mirror and allowed society the rare chance to look into it. What we saw embodied what makes us great, but also our greatest failings. Characters such as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda embody capitalism and democracy, whereas characters like the treacherous Count Dooku and General Grievous represent communism and North Korea.
George masterfully introduced beloved characters such as the whimsical Jabba the Hutt and Jar-Jar Binks to help preserve the innocence of a nation. When Jar-Jar says “Meesah Jar-Jar Binks” he is using pathos, trying to appeal to the child in all of us.
Ol’ George also manages to introduce shades of gray into the movie. Characters like Mace Windu, represent the struggle between what is right and communism. George Lucas himself embarked on a dangerous crusade in the Himalayas to eradicate a group of covert communist operatives. He returned, motivated to continue the Star Wars series in the form of three prequel movies, each greater than the last.
These movies are us. WE are these movies. The Galactic Republic is clearly a satire of today’s ineffective congress. It is said that George even predicted the housing crisis when he blew up Alderaan in “A New Hope.” George later admitted that the term “A New Hope” was taken from the Hopi Indian tribe, which George is a member of. These films helped preserve an entire race of people.
Perhaps the most scathing critique embedded into the greatest series ever birthed is in the tragic “Attack of the Clones.” Here Lucas looks at the Clone Wars but he also targets a much stronger enemy than those dastardly separatists. He targets the genetic engineering of our own food. He discusses the war against food, not simply the war against the Dark Side. A character like Jango Fett is perhaps the strongest support George provides. Jango is a cowardly bounty hunter, illustrating the cowardly food that is being produced. Ultimately if we follow Jango’s path then we will be beheaded by a black Jedi just like he was.
What many people don’t realize is that Star Wars is reality. The Force is in all of us. We simply need to dig deeper and find the meaning. George illustrates the tenacity and resilience of humans in his films. Chewbacca is a prime example. His heart is as big as his bowcaster and like humans he is courageous and comical. George reaffirms that even if the meaning is at the bottom of that Sarlaac Pit on Tantooine where Boba Fett fell in and had to crawl out of, we will find it. George is a visionary. A god among men, and possibly Wookies, though their religion is hard to interpret. He gave us the groundwork to learn about society and about ourselves and for that we are forever grateful.
May the Force be with us all!