My usual line about Star Wars, used to explain the inevitable deflation one experiences when seeing one of the prequels, is “Hey, it’s not Shakespeare.” I borrowed this statement from someone, but I thought it accurately described the situation.
However, a recent issue of Time magazine, covering Star Wars, contains an article by Richard Corliss that says:
“Anakin even has a bit of Shakespearean resonance; the conflicted Hamlet finding the gasping pride of Macbeth, the noble assassin Brutus festering into the yellow-eyed Titus Andronicus.”
Yikes! Apparently Star Wars is like Shakespeare. Not!
“O fanboy, fanboy! Wherefore art thou, fanboy?” Apparently writing for Time magazine!