Some religion, yes. But George Lucas is little better than a prostitute when it comes to Star Wars. The amount of merchandizing connected with the first film was completely unheard of and shocked many people at the time.Holy Cow wrote: ↑21 Mar 2019, 08:05Unfortunately, I could say the same thing about religion. There are plenty of people out there, who just use religion as a money-making scheme. I can turn on my TV any Sunday morning and find half a dozen different TV Evangelists urging people to send in their money.SamBee wrote: ↑21 Mar 2019, 03:20The trouble with Star Wars is that it is utterly commercial and what spiritual messages it has are undermined and destroyed by the fact that the makers of the films are so obsessed with making money out of every last detail.
Star Wars is to spirituality what the Spice Girls are to opera.
The best Star Wars film is Empire Strikes Back, but even then I watch these things and I realize so many things in it, which are purely there as an opportunity to sell toys. It gets worse in Return of the Jedi with all these teddy bears running round.
Lucas is to film what the worst money grubbing televangelists are to religion. Luckily I live in a country where religious programming rarely consists of the "give me your money" variety.
A decent religion will give you advice for free, even help you when you are poor.
Also I find that there is a sinister undercurrent to StarWars' pop Taoism, i.e. the idea that good is an element of evil and vice versa. There are spiritual messages in the franchise which when you unpack them are either ill thought out or dangerous. The recent films (I haven't seen Solo) undermine them further by turning Luke Skywalker into a mass murderer.