I’m not sure that I would ever say that The Force Awakens is the best Star Wars film. I have my gripes with it – I know everybody does. This isn’t the place to recast all of those: it would be redundant, and I think films are meant to be enjoyed. I think Coop from Eleven Thirty-Eight put it well when he described the films as experiences rather than films. You don’t offer critiques of experiences, right? So, I would love to reflect, coming into Star Wars’s 40th year, on why The Force Awakens will always be “my” Star Wars.
In a world of mass protests, government upheavals, fear, strife, unrest, disunity, it feels like it would be almost irresponsible to take a step back. Activism must come at all times, on every front: to rest at one point would be to fail someone, somewhere. When our situations seem bad, it seems like the first easy thing we could do is throw out fiction. What time do we have for reading fake stories when real lives are on the line? Does spending time in our imagination do anyone good?
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