Vatican no fan of Star Wars

[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.

  • Khatti

    Yeah…Patricide is so morally ambiguous.

  • Kevin

    Well, even Darth Vader turned out to be not completely evil in the end.

  • lindblomeagles

    I just saw the Force Awakens today. As I mentioned before, the Force Awakens, like the other Star Wars movies, is part Good vs. Evil, but it’s also, equally, about independence from totalitarian rule. Without giving away too many details about the movie, and thereby hurting those who haven’t seen it, the galaxy still hopes to free itself from the new Empire, who controls the economy and most of the technology through a huge army and ultimate weapon that routinely patrols the universe. I’ll leave it at that, and tell you to go see the movie.

  • Jack

    Repeat after me. It’s just a movie.

    Now, doesn’t that make you feel better?