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When Tradition Means Nothing and Everything

"It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition." -  Henry James

Think of the most established traditions in Hollywood and what they mean.  Now, take all those traditions, shit on them, and flush them away.  That's my take on the way things seem to be going in La-La land these days.  But it's not just the relentless spew of remake, reboots and rehashes.  It is the need (or want) to change the established (and loved) elements of our favorite medium wether we want it or not.  What am I talking about?   Oh, I don't know... could it be Indiana Jones 5, a potential remake of Shrek... OR... could it be word that the Star Wars stand-alone flicks (Rogue One and The Han Solo story) may NOT include the scrolling opening! 

"Tradition is a very powerful force." -  John P. Kotter

And now, they're fuckin' with The Force.  Here's what Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was quoted as saying in Variety“You know, we’re in the midst of talking about it, but I don’t think these films will have an opening crawl,” Kennedy told ET Online.  Um, what?  No.  Just flat out NO.  Star Wars needs three things - The iconic music to start, A Galaxy Far, Far away....   and the FUCKING OPENING SCROLL!   Seriously?!  You're not gonna put in that scroll?  Well then, congrats... these two stand alone movies will start like every other piece of Sci-Fi shit - lackluster.  C'mon... you've got a built in, beloved way to open your movies that even Jar-Jar Binks could NOT tarnish.  Now, you want to casually throw it away?  I find your lack of common sense disturbing.

"As soon as tradition has come to be recognized as tradition, it is dead." -  Allan Bloom

I'm a Star Wars fan... nay geek.  I love everything about it because I grew up with it.  I was 2 in 1977.. when "A New Hope" hit theatres.  I scream with child-like joy at new trailers and movies from that universe.  BUT... having no scroll on a movie (Rogue One) that I really want to see is like a kick to the dick right before a big game.  *Punt*  Now go out there and win one for the Gipper.  Makes it just a little tough, don't ya think?  That's just how it will be when audiences world-wide see the Star Wars logo on the screen... hear the great John Williams music... and then......  nothing.    Expect maybe the cold, emptiness of space.  Which is exactly how us die-hard fans will feel - cold and empty.  Would you not have Indiana Jones travel by map?  What about leaving out any sports cars for 007?   Or if Bridgett Jones just dropped the British accent from time to time?  Small things, right?  Wrong!   It what audiences expect.. and WANT to see.   And I want to see the damn scroll on Rogue One!  That way I can feel the hate swelling within me to turn to the good side of the Force.  - MO