Earlier this year, director Colin Trevorrow remarked that his 2017 film The Book of Henry was a “carbon copy” of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, but offered little explanation beyond that.
Trevorrow followed up the smash hit Jurassic World with The Book of Henry, a critical and commercial failure that – on the surface – bears little resemblance to the beloved Star Wars film that launched a multi-billion dollar franchise. The film follows the story of a single mother raising two boys, one of whom is a child prodigy named Henry. Throughout the story, Henry tries, and fails, to help a girl living next door who is being abused by her stepfather. When Henry abruptly dies of a brain tumor, his mother finds a notebook he left behind containing step-by-step instructions on how to murder the stepfather and avoid getting caught…and she decides to carry out the plan.
At a cursory level, there really aren’t any obvious connections between the two stories. In a recent interview with Slashfilm, Trevorrow finally offered some enlightenment:
“I mean, it is, it’s a foundational myth.It’s a noble ghost story.Where a character lives on after death in order to guide a hero to find their strength and defeat ultimate evil. But the way that I look at movies, I do see Avatar and Titanic and Jurassic World [as] very similar movies.Henry was Obi-Wan Kenobi.And he died in the middle.And he left a set of instructions on how to take out the Death Star where Darth Vader was holding a Princess captive.And at the very end, when he had the target in his sights, he had to remember his training.Guided by this ghostly voice.And then Han Solo comes in with the Rube Goldberg machine and gives him the moment.And ultimately the Princess saves herself.
To me, Star Wars is a foundational myth.And I think that in the same way that we use Joseph Campbell as a foundational myth for so long, we’re now gonna start using Star Wars as a foundational myth to tell other stories.
I hope people can understand how earnestly I look at my, at these stories, almost from like a hyper-earnest, childlike perspective.”
It could be said that Colin Trevorrow’s The Book of Henry is a Star Wars movie…from a certain point of view. Byron Maxwell Authentic Jersey