Hughes The Force Review and EXCLUSIVE Preview
Tuesday, July 26 2011 @ 07:00 PM CDT
Hughes the Force centers on two Star Wars fanboys, Simon and Henry, who have spent high school as most nerd do: being tortured by jocks and ignored by girls. Desperate to get into the last party of their senior year the boys take matters into their own hands and attempt to create the perfect women from Simon’s prized Slave Leia action figure.
As Star Wars fans most of us are accustomed to jumping right into the middle of the story since Star Wars itself began at part four. But we also want the entire story. That’s where the Hughes the Force comic book prequel comes into play.
As if the film itself was not enough, Hughes the Force cements its legacy with a full 26-page comic book recalling the misadventures of Simon and Henry during the first three years of high school, as well as the origin and dramatic journey of the Slave Leia action figure. The story is written by the film’s creators and fantastically illustrated by artist Joe Hogan. Joe Hogan’s fun, cartoon style gives the comic the light-hearted enjoyable quality the story demands while both the writing and the art provide a constant stream of Star Wars references. Immediately you’re given the impression that as incredible as the comic is, you’ve just taken your first steps into a larger world. The comic leaves no corner of Star Wars fandom behind. Every fan, from hardcore collectors and constant quoters to the most casual of movie goers, will get something out of this. There are references galore not only to the Star Wars saga but other franchises and nerd pleasures and even toward members of the Star Wars fan community. Even if your obsession isn’t Star Wars but rather any number of other franchises or genre interests, the content remains relatable.
Unfortunately the presence of such a powerful and passionate Star Wars-centric lifestyle ultimately creates the inevitable divide between the nerds and the cool kids. The popular kids become separated and dominate making the unpopular kids suffer for it. Experiencing this story it’s impossible not to get behind Henry and Simon and to share in their frustration and humiliation at the hands of the angry, mean-spirited jocks. It almost hurts to see them ridiculed for what they live and breathe. The same things that everyone in the Star Wars community, and all of us at the Pop Culture Network, choose to celebrate each and every day.
But then I remember that Star Wars is only half of what this film and comic collaboration celebrates. This is how it goes in a John Hughes film, certainly for the majority that center on surviving high school. The spirit of those coming-of-age, generation defining films is captured as flawlessly as the spirit of Star Wars. You can stomach the ridicule knowing that it will all work out, in one way or another, in the end.
When consumed all at once – and you will consume it – the film will play out as the final act of the larger story the comic creates. Unfortunately for me, and this review, the movie still isn’t finished. In the comic we only see the attacks, the ridicule and the bullies ever-triumphant. I’ll have to wait in agony for the film to finally be released to see the inevitable payoff. But once this phenomenon is unleashed no one else will suffer the same fate as Aldera-, I mean, as I had to. The last page of the comic holds the film itself, the conclusion to the story, so that the entire Hughes the Force saga may be enjoyed as a whole.
Once this comic and fan film is released don’t make the mistake of skipping the comic due to your excitement for the film. Enjoy the pay-off and appreciate the back story since as Star Wars fans that what we always do! But the comic is more than the back story of the characters and their prized action figure. The comic was crafted with the same passion and hard work that created the film. It’s the extra mile for a fan film that is already several light-years beyond its competition. Vader may have said it best: “The Force is strong with this one.”