Critical Analysis Of Star Wars

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James Nathan Walters Professor Kevin Copeland English 2106 3 December 2015 Critical Analysis of Star Wars Released in 1977, the original Star Wars movie quickly became the highest grossing film of all time and it changed the way people thought of filmography. With its unique special effects and storyline, it created a new era of Hollywood movies. It became a huge blockbuster and eventually spawned a new universe that now spans several decades. The films, now numbering six with three more being made, have a fan base of millions of people. In order for a film (series) to have that large of a fan base, the fans must be able to relate to the film. The Star Wars films are collectively a modern mythological narrative, meaning that it represents…show more content…
This enables the dominant race to grant privileges to some while at the expense of others. Entrance into this “group” is usually exclusive to one type of person (Kendall). In totalitarian and dictatorial instances, such as in Star Wars, the line between the group in power and all others is bold and easy to see. Those who are not members of the group in power are subject to discrimination and have fewer rights and privileges in his or her society. The Star Wars films provide both symbolic and concrete evidence of this racial disparity. George Lucas’ use of color throughout the films is essential in the development of the narrative as well as to emphasize the progression of the racial inequalities and prejudices between humans and aliens. The color progression from The Phantom Menace to The Return of The Jedi acts as a sort of meter pertaining to the collapse of the Republic and the rise of the Galactic Empire. The first film chronologically, The Phantom Menace, employs bright, “happy” colors to convey hope and life. The vibrant colors of Naboo, the underwater home of the Gungan’s, and the interior of many key buildings are all made up of colors that are synonymous with (relative) peace and innocence. As the Star Wars prequels progress to A New Hope, the bright colors are overtaken by greys, blacks, and reds. The warm color palette is synonymous with democracy, diversity, and
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