As a follow-up to my post a few weeks ago, I thought I’d give an example of what I mean about objectionable content in the media. I have to admit that I find it hard to go to the movies these days without being bombarded by stuff I just don’t want to see and hear, and I don’t think I’m alone.
One series of movies in recent years in which I was disappointment because of the content was Transformers. For a series based on children’s toys, it was sure full of sexually charged content. Then if you think of many movies which are considered classics, you will see that they have very little swearing, sexual content or graphic violence. My favorite example is Star Wars, in which all of these things are present very little. (Unless you consider ‘scruffy-looking nerf herder’ offensive)
It got me thinking: what if Star Wars had been made today and Michael Bay, the director of Transformers had been at the helm? I’m certain there would be some changes. Here are some I came up with:
All the Imperials, especially Darth Vader, would develop a potty mouth, each trying to top each other.
· The ewoks would talk in over-the-top stereotypical racial dialects. (which the director would deny)
· The phrase “Who’s your daddy?” would become Darth Vader’s new catch phrase.
· Princess Leia would wear her Jabba’s palace outfit all the time, even on Hoth.
· The fading death of a Jedi would be replaced by a bloody “mortal combat” style death.
· Han Solo would become the king of innuendo. Lando would become a close second.
And the movie would be ruined. Star Wars doesn’t shy away from tough issues. People are betrayed, fight, and die horrible deaths, but it is also handled tactfully. The story, the characters, and the dialogue stand on their own without having to use gimmicks to get the audience’s attention. I guess seeing R2-D2 turning into transformers would be pretty cool though.
What are your thoughts? How else might Star Wars be different? What other great movie could have been ruined this way?
Writing Update: Despite many hours spent in rehearsal and performance for the Berlioz Requiem, I was still able to get some significant writing done.
I’m up to 20,236 words in Simon Says, and just over 12,000 words in the second Last Archangel Book. I decided to embark on a new non-fiction title this week that has to deal with running a small church choir, especially those in LDS congregations. I’ve done this several times myself and I really wish someone would have given me a book to let me know what was going on.
I’m also preparing to submit a parable to the Parables for Today contest which ends October 1st. You can win prize money and publication in a printed anthology. View the website here: http://www.parablesfortoday.com.
My parable has to do with a TV star who uses dishonest methods to try to get his TV series renewed for another season, but then realizes that he has his priorities all out whack. Here’s hoping!
Transformers picture by Nicolas Genin