Q&A Thursday #88: Why Star Wars Is Overrated

Question: “Mercilessly stolen from the previous such thread: what are some movies you hate but are ashamed to admit?

I’ll start. The Godfather. All three. This happens, then that happens, then s**t happens, then some people die, and some quotable lines are said. These are supposed to be some of the best movies ever?” — smelvertising

Answer: I was lukewarm on the Star Wars movies when they came out and now, they just seem really dated and tired. In fact, out of all 6 movies, the only one I’d barely give a thumbs up to today would be Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, which unleashed that monstrosity Jar Jar Blinks upon the world.

Moreover, people are going to really disagree with this, but I just didn’t like the characters all that much. Admittedly, Han Solo and Darth Vader are pretty cool, but…

Luke: Boring
Obi-Wan: Even more boring
Leia: Irritating
Chewbacca: Sasquatch
Yoda: He can master the force, but not sentence structure
C-3PO: Effeminate
R2D2: He’s a chirping robot for God’s sake
Ewoks and Jar Jar: included just to sell toys

Then there’s the fact that the Jedis are this strange, arrogant, super powered quasi-religious order — these were just not movies that strongly appealed to me.

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