Yes, we can’t have enough of Star Wars, especially now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is dominating the movie landscape. The universe created by George Lucas in the late ‘70s isn’t perfect and the ideas in the films are definitely not original. In fact, many of them have been borrowed from somewhere else. Even The Force Awakens rehashes many things from A New Hope, but that doesn’t make it a bad movie.
Even so, the first Star Wars movie captured the minds of millions of fans who grew up with its iconic characters. One movie was enough to create a Star Wars-based merchandising industry and the original trilogy spawned two others – a prequel trilogy that’s been criticized by many and a sequel trilogy that’s off to a great start.
The Star Wars universe, flawed and unoriginal as it may be, has captured the minds of moviegoers of all ages and filmmaker Oscar Boyson perfectly explains why and how that happened in this almost four minutes long Vimeo clip:
So what makes Star Wars so unique? According to Boyson, it’s not just the fact that it’s a sci-fi movie, it’s not its characters, it’s not just the dialogue and screenplays, and it’s not just the special effects (including locations, technology, robots, epic fights, and sounds). It’s a combination of all those things working together to make something that’s greater than the sum of its parts.