Star Wars creator George Lucas recently got the chance to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first film in the franchise he had no involvement in. His reaction was pretty much what you’d expect: respectful, with a slight undercurrent of disdain.
When asked for his opinions about the film by Vulture, Lucas responded, “I think the fans are going to love it. It’s very much the kind of movie they’ve been looking for.”
That’s a much less enthusiastic reaction than Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy made out, as she told The Hollywood Reporter that Lucas “really liked” the film after viewing an early screening. Can you really blame Lucas though? This is a film that, for all intents and purpose, he was (respectfully) pushed out of, so it’s ridiculous to expect he’d be over the moon about it. Consider his comments made in a recent interview with The Washington Post:
“I gotta go to the wedding,” he said. “My ex will be there, my new wife will be there, but I’m going to have to take a very deep breath and be a good person and sit through it and just enjoy the moment, because it is what it is and it’s a conscious decision that I made.”
All things considered, Lucas handled himself pretty well. His comment that fans will love the movie are interesting, as the Star Wars community has largely spurned Lucas after the prequel debacle of the early 2000s. You can pretty much hear him saying, “Look, you got what you wanted. Now leave me alone.”