The Force Awakens has been frequently dismissed as a lazy rip-off of Star Wars, and it’s easy to see why – Death Star type threat, desert planet, stolen data in a droid, etc. But it’s clear to me that another story has been a key influence – The Wizard of Oz. Continue reading How – and why – ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is based on ‘The Wizard of Oz’
For the first time since becoming the father of a daughter, it seems that the keepers of the galaxy far, far away have admitted what we knew all along – that Star Wars is for girls too… Continue reading It’s official – Star Wars is for girls too…
“The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of a tasty meat pie” – Darth Vader
Ok, that’s possibly overstating it, but this dad went to Iceland with the challenge of creating a Star Wars pie. To be fair, it was a challenge I set myself, as a way to use some of Iceland’s frozen meat produce to make a pie for British Pie Week.
To me, this is the defining image of Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia. Continue reading Be like Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back
**NB: Revised from original version, post-screening **
Another year, same issue. Is Star Wars Rogue One suitable for kids? The actual rating of the film – PG-13 from the MPAA in the US and 12A from the BBFC in the UK – is the least of it. Continue reading Is Star Wars Rogue One suitable for kids? Does the age rating matter?