Vatican no fan of Star Wars

BERLIN, GERMANY – DECEMBER 20: Vicars Lucas Ludewig (L) and Ulrike Garve hold a church service centered around the 1983 film ‘Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi’ at the Zionskirche (Zion Church) on December 20, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The latest Star Wars film, ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,’ was released in the country two days earlier, and local priests used the opportunity to tie Biblical parallels concerning good and evil to the movie, while using the original film’s score by John Williams as organ accompaniment, along with video clips. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

[Warning: Possible spoilers ahead]

L’Osservatore Romano, a Vatican newspaper, isn’t that enamored with Star Wars: The Force Awakens because, it says, it’s confused and vague on the subject of evil.

In the paper, Emilio Ranzato, whom Vanity Fair describes as “future hate mail recipient”, sounded somewhat wistful about the old days of evil in Star Wars. Darth Vader, for example, now there was a bad guy.

As the Hollywood Reporter says:

“The counterpart of Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, wears a mask merely to emulate his predecessor, while the character who needs to substitute the Emperor Palpatine as the incarnation of supreme evil represents the most serious defect of the film,” read the review.

“Without revealing anything about the character, all we will say is that it is the clumsiest and tackiest result you can obtain from computer graphics.”

Moreover the review suggests that director J.J. Abrams’ action sequences are better suited for the world of video games.

The review slams the film as “more reboot than sequel,” saying “not a classy reboot however, like Nolan’s Batman, but an update twisted to suit today’s tastes and a public more accustomed to sitting in front of a computer than in a cinema.”

The Pope probably doesn’t share the view that there isn’t enough real evil in the film. The Pope doesn’t watch Hollywood films.