I get what youre saying,for the most part. I am not sure I agree with all of it.
Its true I am a crusty , cynical 47 year old now.. not a 5 year old.. but I dont think that has stopped me from being blown away or fully accepting of movie universes when they are done well.
As a weird example that I do think has interesting parallels: John Wick. Obviously it didnt have the global impact Star Wars had, but this is a universe that I totally bought into and I didnt just clinically shred. And it does clever tricks that both invite us in and create depth..but also -- they are vague with these ideas so that you CANT pick them apart.
In John Wicks world, the connected people use unique gold coins as currency.. usually 1 at a time. How much is a coin worth? Who makes them? How do you get them normally? We dont know. They dont talk about it. But its fucking COOL to see a dude in all black lay a single large gold coin on a counter and be handed a hotel key. Its just.. "cool".
A cop shows up at the house, 10 bad guys have each been shot at least 3 times each. For a moment we wonder if the cops showing up are going to be a problem but then we get , again, what is most easily described as a "cool" exchange.
"Evening, John. (looking behind him). Working again?"
"Im just ..working some things out."
And again..this implies so much and our mind speeds through it for a second.. but really, it adds depth and wonder.
And as we explore this universe we just get the hints at this Assassin's code and world. The Intercontinental.. with some Rules.. some people who know John.. some who like him and some who dont.. a couple of anecdotes of his past but not the real details --except a couple that again are just designed to set the character (3 guys in a bar with a pencil..a fucking PENCIL). Cool vehicle hes attached to.. cool people..cool allies.. simple story. Light on details.
And you buy into it. The more details there are, the more you can nitpick and find apparent contradictions. The more you explain things that dont need to be explained the more you preserve the magic.
Here is the paradox. Fans THINK they want things explained. But we dont. We think we do because we spend all this time in our own mind wondering about them. But ..the second you make a real answer, everyone who had a different idea is disappointed (unless the official idea is that much cooler), and no one is spending time discussing and debating and thinking about it.
Its a mistake to explain the Kessel Run bad quote, its unnecessary to tell me WHY Jedi's can use The Force, I dont need to know why Boba Fett is such an angry young man.
Filling in details and origins ..what we THINK we want.. takes away from it.
It was AWESOME when Leia mentioned Obi Wan served Leia's father in the Clone Wars.. it was awkward to see this, and then to have us wondering where the Clones went just 18 years later.. It was awesome to see C-3PO the first time... even more interesting the 2nd and 3rd time you saw Star Wars to see he seems to be part of a mass produced series with man variants.. and then dumb when you saw Anakin make him.
give me a Space Opera ..with cool comments that hint but dont detail the bigger galaxy, with big bad guys and a hero with a cool supporting cast an insurmountable task to overcome.. and I dont care if Im 50 when it comes out.. do it right, and I will be sucked in.
See..because that is another thing I disagree with you on..and I bet if you think back you might change your mind.
We DID dissect Star Wars as kids. But it held up. I know I dissected the hell out of it. I had to because when I played Star Wars I didnt reenact the movies, I made my own stories. So I had to guess what the Sand People were all about, if Han Solo eventually would use the Force (my 7 year old me didnt think so but my friend did), and what that Boba Fett guy was really like. On the play ground we endlessly debated if Darth Vader was (SPOILER ALERT) Luke's father (I was sure he was lying...), if Han Solo was dead. I spent years and years wondering how Luke would rebuild the Jedi after ROTJ. I dissected what EVERYTHING meant.. who was the other Yoda mentioned.. why does Darth have to obey his master and whats the work around? How tempting is the Dark side..
(an aside.. some of this relates to why I hate TLJ so much.. its made very , very clear in ESB that when youre just learning the Force...its dangerous. Its easy to slip into the Dark Side. Because all those human failings that are in us can lead us there -- impatience, lust for more power, feelings of revenge and anger. But essentially and accidentally, TLJ dissolves all this. Jedi arent needed becuase they dont have a monopoly on the power? What a negative way to look at it.. I always assumed the Jedi were people who studied how to use the Force without falling into the bad...)
Anyway as far as hopes and dreams.. they arent going to make a movie aimed at us. Thats kind of the key to understanding the new movies. They arent really sequels..they are reboots with enough fan service to trick us oldsters into them. Its a new movie franchise , and will never feel right because it doesnt go through the same process.
Mostly what I hear people saying these days what they really want..isnt actually Star Wars. For me.
But Im still going to see whatever gets made. And some stuff Im excited for. Mandalorian? Im way more looking forward to that than the next movie.