I Am with Daniel Drezner

Please, please, please let’s not have politics in the next Star Wars movie. Nothing about trade negotiations. Nothing about how the Sith are supposedly like Republicans. Nothing–please, God Almighty, nothing–about democracy dying to thunderous applause. We’ve all had quite enough of this nonsense, thank you very much. Let’s explore a fantastic tale, with witty dialogue (which we have not had since The Empire Strikes Back), a lack of plot holes (which we have not had since The Empire Strikes Back), an excellent pacing of the story (which we have not had since The Empire Strikes Back), a story filled with soulful and spiritual elements that don’t get hokey and/or hippie-ish (which we have not had since The Empire Strikes Back), a story which keeps us coming back for repeated viewing (which we have not had since The Empire Strikes Back), a story which stands the test of time (which we . . . well . . . you know the drill by now).

I want a break from politics. I won’t get one, of course–it doesn’t help that I write a blog that is primarily devoted to politics–but I can at the very least limit the reach and influence of politics somewhat by watching superb movies (or at least movies that are such outstanding brain candy that I mistake them for brain vegetables) that do not beat me or other members of the viewing audience over the head with politics. J.J. Abrams, Disney and all others involved in the revitalization of the Star Wars franchise can help by cutting politics out of their movies as though politics were a cancer. Because oftentimes, it can be, especially in the hands of moviemakers whose views of politics can be childish, less-than-nuanced, and just plain annoying to behold. Bring back the magic of Star Wars. Leave the politics to the politicians and the next election. They and it will come around soon enough.