The Legacy of George Lucas
By David Childers
“George Lucas built an empire out of his imagination, yet critics have challenged his accomplishments.” – David Childers
David Childers’ Rogue One: The Legacy of George Lucas takes you on a literary-cinematic journey through the challenges and accomplishments of “The Maker” himself, George Lucas. Not only does Childers explore Lucas’ creative career evolvement, but he also questions Lucas’ choices along the way as he investigates each one, through a journalistic-critical lens that applies a series of scrutinized research. In other words, Childers leaves no stone unturned or in this case, gelatin emulsion coating from a sheet of transparent plastic film.
“Beyond a brilliant, experimental filmmaker, Lucas crafted enthralling stories, built a business empire, and spurred technological innovation.” – David Childers
Interesting play on words, isn’t it? Anyone else see what Childers did there? Oddly enough, when I read this testament of our “Maker” from the galaxy far, far away, all I could think of was the quote from Darth Vader in A New Hope: “Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed.” Not sure if it was intentional, though I get the feeling it was, I cannot disagree with the above attestation.
The name George Lucas, in any discussion, or on any forum of the internet comes with a lot of flak, and this book uncovers each parsec and opens up every last Sarlacc Pit full of it, that lays hidden beneath the sands of Tatooine. Like all stories, Childers starts at the beginning and delves into Lucas’ filmmaking career, the pursuit of success, and methodological modernization that inspired a whole new generation of creative innovators. The downside to all of this? It came with a shadow of continuous criticism and follows him until this very day.
Ok, so that’s nothing new to us, but the amount of backlash Lucas has received over the years seems a little more than unjust or in my opinion, unwarranted. Childers’ extensive research on both sides of the coin, warranted and unwarranted criticism is enlightening and eye-opening. Even for someone like me who happens to sway on the George Lucas apologist side. Not that he needs apologizing, in my opinion, but I’m sure you’re picking up what I’m putting down. After all, George is the definition of pioneer and a credit to filmmaking. A creator without fear and pushed his creativity to the limits. His ingenuity showed no boundaries and he expressed himself regardless if others agreed with him or not. “Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it.” – George Lucas
That notion alone would be his undoing in the fandom, he, himself forged with a little space opera expedition known as Star Wars. There are quite a few among us that question whether or not, or just how much credit Lucas is entitled to for the original trilogy. That same crowd also claims that George Lucas ruined their childhood by revisiting their galaxy far, far away with the addition of the Special Editions and the prequels. From Jar Jar Binks to blinking Ewoks, the harsh nitpicking is more than overbearing; it’s simply uncalled-for, and Childers has more than enough evidence to prove it.
That said, I encourage you all to plod through the pages of David Childers’ ethically sincere appraisement of Lucas’ legacy. He’s right, with Rogue Genius, you have that which you need.
Copyright 2016 David Childers
Thank you to David Childers for providing a copy of this book for review purposes.
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