I know you’re probably stunned right now, perhaps even in a little state of shock hearing that. But it is true: I don’t really like Star Wars all that much.
There are only a handful of movie franchises that can pull a dedicated following like Star Wars has. In-fact, I can’t think of another movie series that even comes close to rivalling it. There are conventions, tonnes of merchandise, games and basically anything that can have branding on it probably comes in a Star Wars variant.
I have never met anyone who said they didn’t like Star Wars. Being born in the late eighties, Star Wars was a little before my time. Having said that, many of my friends and colleagues who are the same age and a little younger all mostly love it. Either that, or some of my friends are pretending to like it and keeping their anti Star Wars shame a secret.
The prospect of good guys fighting the bad guys, awesome looking fighter planes, cool lead characters, the great soundtrack and plenty of fighting — pretty much everything a young kid would find appealing. Sadly, I have found all of the movies (and I have seen them all) to be boring. It’s the same story over and over again.
I appreciate everything Star Wars has done for modern geekdom and the sci-fi movie genre. After all, if it wasn’t for James Cameron’s incredible jealousy over George Lucas’ success, Avatar wouldn’t have been made and that would be a terrible shame for humanity because it was a great film.
I guess I get some geek credibility points because I have seen them all, I even watched those horrible prequels. When those prequels came out, I might not have been an adult yet, but even I understood that they were horrible pieces of cinema.
If you don’t like Star Wars, you are not a bad person. These days it is hard to tell the real true fans of the movie series apart from the “wannabes” who are pretending to be geeks because they want to fit in with popular opinion.