Re: Not at all Pats related, but do you know what pisses me off?
posted at 1/3/2012 5:52 PM EST
As for the movies well ahh I was greatly offended by movies 1-3 as a sci-fi fan.
You see the great appeal for movies 4-6 for me was the Greek epic. It combined many elements of the American revolution, Roman empire, Greek tragedy, and even some WW2 aspects. The main focus of the movies was the story lines and the characters themselves. The special effects were crude at points and amazing at others but were secondary to the story itself.
For the movies 1-3 see the below:
Episode 1 - it was clearly a test bed for Lucas's new visual and audio effects as well as a way to increase viewership by trying to appeal to a younger audience. This was clear when Lucas made all theaters update their sound systems before they could play the movie. Add in jar jar binks (a character he admitted adding to appeal to young kids like a goofy character) and you have a sad movie. The story line was barely touched and it felt as if every character was just thrown in with no back stories and rushed to squeeze it into a single film. They would have been better off cutting back the effects, audio, and not trying to expand the fan base and concentrating on developing the characters story lines to begin with.
Episode 2 - Lucas saw his failure in episode 1 trying to expand the fan base but still tried to focus on the special effects and light saber duels. Again this is where he fails. He made the duels way to good. Compared to 4-6 Vader, the emperor, and luke combined wouldn't stand a chance against a single jedi's ability in episode 1-3. Then he turned it into a love story instead of building up the reason for the war in the first place. The whole star wars series and an epic of a chaotic government, tragedy and eventual redemption of the hero turned villain. The love interest shouldn't be the main force of an entire movie but more of an additional reason for his turning. The whole love aspect looked forced and poorly scripted.
Episode 3 - Lucas's faults in the previous 2 movies come to a head here. This movie almost appeared like he just wanted to tie up lose ends and close things up however, it just left a lot of question marks and more loose ends trying to connect episode 3 and 4.
The major faults I charge to him were that he had this new and exciting special effects studio that he felt the special effects were more important then the storyline. It's almost as if the storyline was just filler built around the effects. The effects were so good as a matter a fact it made episodes 1-3 almost look cheesy to the point were both lightsaber fighting style and technology itself took a big leap backwards from 1-3 to 4-6. The forced storyline was a slap in the face to those fans who wanted the Greek tragedy built up by 4-6 were only disappointed when it turned out to be a kiddy centric, emo, twisted heap tossed together to fill a hole which Locus only wanted to show how far special effects have come. I would have been much happier if he used the same effects as episodes 4-6 and concentrated on the tragedy itself