I like a straight-forward tale of good versus evil and I am trying to rack my brains when I last saw one. There are many tales out there–in books, at the cinema, on the web–of the one’s I get to see and hear, I can’t think of too many good and evil tales recently. When that happens I go back in time and think of Star Wars and Krull. I think Krull is more straightforward and obvious in its portrayal of good versus evil than the original Star Wars film. But where are the good old fashioned good takes on evil tales, today? Alas life goes on for better or worse, but I do remember that there have been a couple or a few films of good and evil recently, just don’t recall the titles at the moment.
Starting over again, where do you begin?–Dolly Parton, from “Dolly, Dolly, Dolly” (1980)
What’s the time? Half past six. Missed half of it. Dread overwhelmed her. It was the news she missed.
Listening to Smokey Robinson’s “Warm Thoughts” this week is not as good it seemed last week. Smoke’s in my eyes. No turning back.
I’ve always believed, quite rightly, that the key characters of the original Star Wars trilogy were one of the films’ trump cards, as they are believable and life-like. But I’ve noticed something else about Han and Leia that is quite true, as well. They form the ‘in-crowd’ along with their buddy Luke. If one can relate to being in an in-crowd, then maybe this part of Han, Leia and Luke resonates, but I am left with a touch of hard, cold reality: they form the ‘in-crowd’ and maybe you don’t. That’s one reason why, for all its weak points, I liked The Breakfast Club (1985) better, because they weren’t the main guys and girls on campus. If you’ve never been in the in-crowd, or felt you hadn’t made it there, then you may relate to The Breakfast Club more than Star Wars’ Han, Leia and Luke, and even Yoda and Ben Kenobi for that matter.
The outsiders of Star Wars, the droid C3-PO and Lando Calrissian, and the other assortments: Lobot, the creatures at Jabba’s Palace, Jabba himself, and the curious folk at Bespin. Among others. Are more relatable for some. Personally, if I can’t relate to the in-crowd of Star Wars, I may relate to the sense of good the writers of the films have brought out in their key heroes and heroines. But I’d somehow shy away from the limelight myself, even if I was part of it or not, and prefer the comforts of identifying with the Bepsin Security Guard and Lando donning his cape. The in-crowd has its shares of responsibilities I’m not prepared to take – like flying the Falcon through an asteroid field, going to Dagobah, a swamp planet, or planning how to get around the Empire’s sinister Death Star. No, I like sitting in the security tower with nothing much else to do but observe, and hopefully I can get pizza or Subway at the local. Or hang out in the cantina with Hammerhead on the way to work.