This week people are spreading around a series of articles done by The Hollywood Reporter where they capture a seven-year-old’s reaction to Star Wars. The problem is, this Hollywood trade is actually ripping off a much-better series of articles that were published about five years ago.
Back then Drew McWeeny was at HitFix and he chronicled the story of showing his sons the Star Wars movies for the first time as part a series called Film Nerd 2.0. It wasn’t just focused on Star Wars, but the Star Wars parts of Film Nerd 2.0 were among the best, and this recent bout of THR click-bait is almost a direct rip-off of what Drew McWeeny first did on Hitfix.
Where THR went wrong and McWeeny went right is how they showed them the movies. In THR’s case they started with the Original Trilogy and ignored the Prequels. Drew’s sons were familiar with the Prequel characters from The Clone Wars. His article on Revenge of the Sith should put the Prequels in a whole new perspective for those who despise the movies when they see how something they like to attack affects a generation who grew up familiar with those characters.
Instead of spreading around THR’s attempt to cash-in on something Drew McWeeny began, go back and read his Film Nerd 2.0 Star Wars pieces:
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
Revenge of the Sith