Star Wars is a space fantasy, a galactic fairy tale, a Skywalker family soap opera and a classic good vs. evil adventure story with mythological heft

But should we also be classifying it as a comedy?

Before you dismiss that heretical notion, consider the evidence from Luke Skywalker himself. “I laughed all through Star Wars,” Mark Hamill once told an interviewer. “I thought they were comedies. It was absurd having a big giant dog flying your spaceship, and this kid from the farm is wacko for this princess he’s never met, that he’s seen in a hologram, the robots are arguing over whose fault it is … They hook up with a magic wizard and they borrow a ship from a pirate … It was goofier than hell!” Read more…

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