Thursday, March 3, 2011

Why 'The Phantom Menace' in 3D isn't the end of the world

In September of last year we let you know that the Star Wars movies would be coming back to theaters in 3D. (Here)  Today we found out that the first release date is February 12, 2012 for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.  All morning long we've seen rants on Twitter and the rest of the interwebs that this was awful and how could Lucas do this.  We want all of our fellow geeks to calm down because it is not the end of the world.  

Contrary to what many of you have written, you're going to see this if you're a Star Wars fan.  "Nu uh!"  Yes you will.  You will also be the first ones in line to see it.  Why?  Because either way you cut it with your double-edged lightsaber, it's a Star Wars movie back on the big screen.

"But Jungle Jesse, 3D sucks and all he wants is more of our money."

You're right.  Most 3D does suck, and of course he wants more of our money.  He's running a business and no matter what, we'll always shell out our cash for the latest Star Wars must haves.  Like my sweet headphones.

Yes, these are mine.
"But 3D is so over done."

I couldn't agree more.  The problem that we have here is that 3D is popular.  But just like CGI, it is a tool to help tell a story.  Sadly though, most are using more as a crutch than a tool.  However that is not what this is about.  It's about how The Phantom Menace in 3D won't be the end of mankind as many are expecting.  

Since the first Star Wars movie's release in 1977, more and more generations get introduced to the stories that we grew up loving.  But for each generation there is a different method to get to know something.  In the late 80's and early 90's there was a generation of kids who only knew it from cable and home video.  We then got the Special Editions that were released to theaters.  (Again, not what this is about.)  A generation of people that only saw Star Wars movies on television finally got to see them on the big screen.  This created new hardcore fans wanting more.  This led to the prequels, once again bringing new stories to a new generation.  While they may not be what we expected, it created fans of children who now can't get enough Star Wars.  

Believe it or not, there is now a new generation of kids who have not experienced a Star Wars movie in theaters.  (Yes, even the prequels.)  Those kids are the ones who are buying the 3D tickets, so it's time to bring the Star Wars movies into their world.  With new fans being created all the time, we can always rest assured that Star Wars will be around for many more generations.  

"But Jungle Jesse, why is he starting with The Phantom Menace?"

You have to face it, there is now a numerical order to the movies.  To millions of us, Star Wars will always be the first movie.  Just because it's SW: The Phantom Menace coming out first, that doesn't change it what the original means to us.  The same way that our loathing of certain characters will never take away the feeling we had when we first saw the words, "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....." 

What say you?

POPped already in line
Jungle Jesse


  1. Not the end of the world. I just won't be seeing it. The Phantom Menace conned me into giving it money the first time. Putting excrement in 3D doesn't make it suddenly more interesting to look at.

  2. ANYONE who pays for this is a damn fool. you can see really see how terrible this movie layers.

  3. Well, said my friend. The more fans the better. A lot of these haters forget that there was a time when there was no new Star Wars of any kind. You couldn't even watch the movies unless they were showing in a theatre. And how many new fans have the Clone Wars cartoon brought in? So many people poo-poo Ep. I, because of certain characters, forgetting about the best lightsaber fight in the whole saga. Besides, without Jar Jar, there never would have been a light saber-wielding Yoda.

  4. maybe he will use the money from the 3D movies 2 help pay for the TV show i keep hearing about