George Lucas is the mind behind the Star Wars franchise but ever since he stepped away from it, things have really been looking conflicting. A lot of movies do not mix well with the audience and quite a lot of characters just don’t sit well with the fans. Although there are quite a few latest projects that have a big hype, a lot of the movies have proven to be rather underwhelming.
Even with the success of shows like The Mandalorian and Andor, there are movies like Episode II which performed rather underwhelmingly. Certain characters like Daisy Ridley’s Rey Skywalker happen to be one of them. Some movies, however, managed to win the hearts of the audience and George Lucas while others did not.
George Lucas Did Not Like The Force Awakens
While George Lucas took a semi-retirement from the Star Wars franchise in 2012, he has always paid a keen interest in the movies and series that are being made without interfering too much. In the end, it is his hard work that a bigger franchise is being developed.
“Just prior to the global release, Kathy screened ‘The Force Awakens’ for George. He didn’t hide his disappointment. ‘There’s nothing new,’ he said. In each of the films in the original trilogy, it was important to him to present new worlds, new stories, new characters, and new technologies. In this one, he said, ‘There weren’t enough visual or technical leaps forward.'”
According to Bob Iger, one movie that Lucas was not fond of was Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Daisy Ridley’s movie did not manage to make the mark for him and he was very visibly disappointed about it. Although the movie got a lot of praise, it was not one which Lucas particularly enjoyed. His reason was also much justified. Something unique to the franchise was how every movie had something new in it. This was a major factor missing from the film and George Lucas was not fond of that.
George Lucas Enjoyed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gave rise to one of the most loved spin-off series of the franchise, Andor. While the movie had a lot of conflicting reviews, none mattered to George Lucas. Tony Gilroy revealed that Lucas personally called him to share his approval of the film.
“George Lucas called me after ‘Rogue,’ I had a 45-minute conversation with him after he saw ‘Rogue,’ and that’s the only time I’ve ever spoken to him. He loved it. He really did. He had a lot of things to say that I… It was like a call from the president.”
It was the only time he ever got to talk to Lucas and knowing that he enjoyed the film wholeheartedly meant the world to Gilroy. He was constantly appreciating the movie and all the good aspects that were a part of it.