No way. George Lucas would never be able to make a movie this good, let alone market it as well as Disney has. Also, if he still owned Star Wars, no one would have any faith in his new movies being any good.
He was doing pretty good with licensing and merchandise but Disney has taken shit next level and it's paying off in dividends.
2 billion in Disney stock and 2 billion in $$$ is not cheap by any stretch.
Question is, when will they break the $3 billion mark ?
China hasn't even entered the scene yet.
I read that strangely enough Star Wars isn't very popular in China. They only showed the movies in the theaters for the first time a few years ago and they didn't do very well. China didn't grow up with Star Wars like the rest of the world did.
1. Rey is Mary Sue. She learned the force too quickly.
When she use the force to get her lightsaber after 30 mins of realizing she could use the force without training or Obi-Wan like mentor to guide her in her head.. It took 2 movies for Luke to do the same thing. And it was three years between the events of A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. There was no astonishment either of her ability other than Kylo Ren saying, "She'll become stronger as time goes by." When Vader saw/sense Luke with the force, he assume he was train by Obi-Wan. Kylo Ren should've been more amazed by this since this is very unnatural. From the best of my knowledge, this is rare from the EU (now consider non canon) and the movies. Nobody has ever learn the force this fast.
And she is too good at everything. Too good with flying the Falcon, which I felt was a wasted opportunity to show off either Poe (the best resistance pilot) or a last Han Solo/Chewie moment with the piloting. Beating Kylo Ren, again learning the force too quickly. Even though Kylo Ren was injured, I feel like he still should've beaten an untrain force sensitive person like Rey.
Like what is the progression here? In comparison, Luke could barely use the force in the first movie. He got lucky, got saved, and he couldn't stand up to Vader in a one on one duel. In the second movie, he got trained, but still lost to Vader. He wasn't a complete Jedi yet. In the third movie, he was far more attune to his force ability. He was able try to the Jedi Mind trick. With Luke, it shows a progression and not only in personality but in force ability. In the beginning he was a bit whiney and naive kid who wanted to be a hero and he turned into a Jedi. And even by the third movie, he was still tempted by the Dark Side.
With Rey using the force like this in the first movie, and beating one of main baddies already, it kind'a sucks out the suspense and journeys to me. Maybe they could fix this in the next movie, explaining how Rey learn the force so fast and make Kylo Ren even stronger or some other person. I dunno. Maybe spice things up and make Rey turn to the Dark Side, and have Luke questioning his teaching methods.
2. It felt like a remake of A New Hope.
There were a lot of similar plot points. To the Death Star, to driods carrying special info, to a father figure dying (Han Solo/Obi Wan) by the hands of someone who has history with them (Kylo Ren/Vader), to the resistance fighters.
While there are some shades of originality, with the addition of new characters, some of that stuff is kind'a borrowed from the EU. Kylo Ren is similar to Jacen Solo. Jacen Solo saw Vader as a sympathetic.
While it doesn't bother me that much to kill my like for the movie, I would like something more original.
Solid movie overall tho. It's a good foundation and it's a nice set up for potentially something more original. The other films are going to determine whatever this movie is brilliant or not for me. Other people seem to love this movie and it's making bank, so it's already a success. Wish I could love the movie that much, but I don't.
I feel like if you want a better or more original Star Wars experience, you either play some SWs games like KoTOR or KoTOR2, TOR or read the books/comic books. They are more mature and more willing to take risks. Better written characters as well...well, some of them. With the movies, we have to wait until they are complete with the trilogy for judgement. But with the TFA as a stand alone movie....it's a'ight. I seen better and read better. I felt like I seen this movie before...it was done in the 70s and was better imo. Not that this movie was bad. It's a'ight.
George Lucas Says He Sold ‘Star Wars’ to ‘White Slavers’
While Disney has to be pleased with the way its $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm is turning out, thanks to the galactic success of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the man who created the “Star Wars” universe doesn’t feel the same way.
In an interview with Charlie Rose, George Lucas spoke about everything from his and Disney’s branching vision to the deal itself. Lucas, who has always been protective of his series and even refers to them as his “kids,” hasn’t been looking back well on the deal with Disney (via Collider).
“I sold them to the white slavers that takes these things, and…,” Lucas said before laughing and deciding it better not to finish. (See the interview below. Lucas mentions the “white slavers” around the 50-minute mark)
The father of “Star Wars” also opened up about why he and Disney were split on their decisions for the franchise’s future.
“They looked at the stories, and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans,’” Lucas said. “They decided they didn’t want to use those stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing. … They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway — but if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that anymore, and all I would do is muck everything up,” he said. “And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has been a massive success in the two weeks it has been out, becoming the ninth-highest box office performer ever with $1.23 billion in global box office receipts.