Now, say what you like about George Lucas – and boy, his detractors sure do tend to – but back in the 1970s, he changed the face of cinema forever. 1975's Jaws may have already set the modern blockbuster train in motion, but after 1977, and the release of Star Wars, nothing was ever quite the same again. From the frantic proliferation of sequels and the ubiquity of merchandising, all the way through to Hollywood's modern obsession with the 'tentpole' picture, a whole lot of what we call the modern movie industry descends directly from what Lucas created in the movie he latterly dubbed A New Hope.
Also, of course, it was the beginning of our collective obsession with Star Wars, which makes it officially awesome.
With that cinematic importance in mind, though, one of the most intriguing questions raised by the imminent release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – the first movie in the saga to not feature the involvement of Lucas – is this: Just what will the much-maligned movie legend make of the movie?
Well, it seems we might just finally have our answer.
George Lucas Has Already Seen 'Episode VII' - and Revealed What He Thought of It
That, at least, is what Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy – who has known Lucas for a long, long time – recently told THR, revealing that not only will Lucas be attending the film's premiere's in Los Angeles and London later this month, but that he's already seen the final product.
His response? "He liked it."
Which, considering the very existence of Episode VII: The Force Awakens is clearly difficult for Lucas to deal with – he recently referred to it as being "like a divorce" in an interview with The Washington Post – is probably close to as glowing a response as the movie is likely to get.
After all, before seeing the movie, he described the prospect in... less than enthusiastic terms:
"I gotta go to the wedding. My ex will be there, my new wife will be there, but I’m going to have to take a very deep breath and be a good person and sit through it and just enjoy the moment, because it is what it is and it’s a conscious decision that I made."
In that context, the fact that "he liked it" is probably roughly equivalent to all of us – for whom the experience likely won't be a painful reminder of difficult past decisions, compromises and failures – running out from the theaters after our first viewings screaming with sheer, unadulterated joy.
Which is a good sign, no?
What do you think, though?