Reading several different reviews of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was my attempt to resist writing
my own review. Who needs another mouth-off about bloody Star Wars? The New Yorker was fawning, the New York Review of Books
was sentimental, the New York Times was laudatory, the Los Angeles Times was outraged, all with good reason.
even with all these pontifications (Google it) about, let's face it, a kids' movie, I still felt they were missing the boat-train,
or should I say the Millenial Falcon.
Movies like Star Wars are signs of shifting
cultural iconography, through which I enjoy digging for any nuggets of real political/metaphysical import -- especially propaganda
from the Powers That Be -- among the disinformation garbage. It's a dirty job but someone has to do it, preferably someone
outside the spheres of high literary/corporate influence.
Item #1: Not
one of the reviews I read, for instance, drew a line between "Star Wars"' First Order and the much-feared/hyped
New World Order, which, unless you've been in a coma for twenty years, you know is a very iffy proposition that some among
the so-called elites might be trying to put over on us. Put it down to conspiracy analysis, not theory, unless you think the
world's just dandy, we're all heading to nirvana, and our leaders have a solid grip on reality, in which case let me know
what strain you're smoking lately.
Names may change, but uniforms, apparently, do not. Did you
catch the classic shot of the Dark Side commander from the rear in his black Nazi knickers? Jodhpurs may never be fashionable
again, for which we all should be grateful.
IMHO, as our world turns into a massive Corporatocracy
Uber Alles (Google it), we're becoming fascistic at a frightening rate. (The merging of big business with big government,
which currently defines corporate capitalism, is the quintessential definition of fascism, but you knew this, right?) There's
some talk on the WOT (Way Out There) channels that the thousands of Nazi scientists we imported from Germany during and after
WWII took over our military-industrial complex and that this is what Eisenhower was warning us about in his famous farewell
speech. True or false? You decide.
Item #2: Metaphysics 101, Hollywood style:
While it's true, as New Yorker reviewer Anthony Lane complains, that The Force is like a screwdriver that can be
used for good or evil, it's emphatically not true that the Dark Side and the Jedi are, in his high-falutin' term,
"baloney." Good gods and goddesses, Virginia, can't he see a metaphor hiding in plain sight?
Solo delivers the line perfectly. "The Dark Side, the Jedi, it's all true. All of it!"
course it is! Which is why we all resonate with the words. They signify our own lesser and greater angels, as well as dictatorship
As another example, according to the Law of One (Google it), there's a supposed
ongoing inter-galactic battle between Service to Self entities versus those who are more oriented towards Service to Others
(or who at least those who don't believe in lying, stealing and violence as a healthy lifestyle choice). Does this or does
this not ring a bell, like Darth Vader's camp versus Star Wars' Resistance fighters? I mean, come on, are we so dumbed down
we can't connect the dots?
Item #3: Q: was it a reboot, a remake, or a tribute?
A: who cares?
The New Yorker's Anthony Lane said that the pre-existing series of Star
Wars movies was broke and in need of fixing. I basically agree, never having gotten off on the earlier versions. But then,
I completely missed their ginormous cultural import (getting us ready for life in space, like it or not; showing us we weren't
alone in the universe, although after meeting some of the other species, we might wish we were; loveable robots who only do
our bidding and never ask for better working conditions; environmentally-devastated planets, as cautionary tales; plastic
I have to credit Lane with a great line, though, that going to see "Star
Wars: The Force Awakens" was "like returning to a restaurant that gave you severe food poisoning on your last three
In my case, the passing of time, and memory loss, drove me back to the theatre. I
enjoyed the damn movie, especially the feisty young female lead, the caring black guy (rant alert: we need more assertive
women and compassionate men to right the planet's patriarchal psychopathy) -- plus, Chewbacca's hairy gold highlights and
Princess Leia's new donut-less hairdo were fun.
I LOVED seeing Harrison Ford again, it was
like Yoda visiting a Florida spring break party. For me, the best line in the flick was his: "Women always figure out
the truth. Always." Oh, how I wish this was true, except it doesn't explain women who still vote Republican.
well. As Lane said, The Force, like a screwdriver, can be used for good or evil. I have to add that without any spiritual
maturity or understanding of the Golden Rule (Google it), our adventures in space look likely to be more of the same old unevolved
Earthly shit, just at warp speed.
Item #4: Last but not least, can we take the
title of the movie itself as a hopeful panegyric (you know where to look) about the general awakening of humanity, transforming
the outmoded paradigm of our presently suicidal systems? In this case, I have to regurgitate the line, May The Force Be With
You/Us/Everyone. And here's hoping we choose the right screwdriver.