Vanity Fair compare the old and new Star Wars films, looking at their themes and messages of the Original Trilogy versus the modern trilogy.


They look at how history and modern events changed the look and feel of the films. The original films were a reaction to the world around them. In a serious chapter of American history, the films looked to give Americans a relief from the dark world around them. Watergate, a slowing economy and the Vietnam War meant that US audiences didn’t want to see depressing and serious films on screen.

Fast forward to 2019 and the movies are being made in a very different world indeed. The rise of the First Order echoes themes of the real-life rise of populism. The need for a younger generation to sort out problems caused by the previous generation echoes themes of climate change and global warming. This video walks us through how the Star Wars films are actually very connected to our current world, even if they take place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Star Wars|Vanity Fair|Film

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