posted on Jul, 17 2005 @ 01:58 PM
I think the Old Star Wars movies are better.
The Star Wars Saga is comprised of six films, which have undoubtedly had a major impact on both the film industry and society. Star Wars: A New Hope,
The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi: Are three of the best motion pictures I've ever seen. Definitely one of the rare cases when sequels
arn't crap compared to the originals.
The original trilogy ensnared an abundance of fans that looked ever-forward to the recently released prequels. This is true for me, even though the
theatrical releases, excepte for 'Jedi', were well before my time.
I appreciate the aesthetic value of film, that means their artistic caliber. I watch film for artistry, not senseless action, unconvincing acting or
monotonic directing. The original trilogy is full of life and artistic genius and still, have not lost their influence over the motion picture
That said, I was a teenager, anticipating the release of 'Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace'. The day I got tickets to the premiere I was
overwhelmed. That day in school, I didn't even care about work, only the fact that as soon as midnight hit, I would be among the first to see the
'best movie ever made'. Me and my friend walked around Point Orlando, with our $12.00 tickets in our pockets. We walked into FAO Schwartz and
observing a lifesize stormtrooper bust, I said "doesn't it feel like we're about to see the most amazing film ever?", I argued "if the original
trilogy is so good, how could the new trilogy possibly be bad?". They can only be better. Surely, it was the raging aesthetic intellect in me,
convincing me that George Lucas could do no wrong.
Finally, I saw the film and the other three, and I hated them. At first it was great to see past sith lords, younger Yoda, Anakin and Obi-Wan and the
like, for I already cared about those caharcters due to the original installments. Then, as my aesthetic mind took over, and I began judging the film
from the standpoint of Art, not entertainment, I was horrified.
The acting wasn't the quality of that witch enlivened the original characters -- I think Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were astounding together
These characters, in the new trilogy, for the most part, lacked the same artistic chemistry on screen. I wasn't convinced of Anakin and Padme's
undying love and I was afraid Palpatine was about to molest Anakin. Yoda lost his essence when he decided it would be easier to look like a cartoon
rather than a puppet, the latter was more convincing. Conversely, there are many outsatnding performances in the new trilogy, but I see them as
individual, as opposed to being whole with the film -- part of the artistic aim.
The writing and directing is poor in the prequels. George Lucas lacks his artictic zeal that conveyed the original trilogy, instead leaving it up to
expensive-special effects, that wern't all that great. Personally, as a singular film, I must say 'Empire' or 'Jedi' is the best all-time Star
Wars movie, none of which George Lucas directed. Furthermore, some of the best moments of the films can be attributed to the actors skills, not the
direction. For example, in 'Empire' when Han Solo is being frozen in carbonite, Leia says "I love you." and Han says "I know." That scene was
adlibed by Ford and was only added because Lucas was afraid Form might not return for 'Jedi'. I find George Lucas' directing in the prequels very
dull and unartistic.
The special effects were the last draw, and the completion of ruining the latest films for me. In the original films, Lucas used alot of models and
puppets and animotronics to a splendid end. The new films are infected with CGI, or computer animation, which detroys the feeling of realism or
believability. Truly, I have seen better special effects in video games. Computer animation, done wrong, is the lazy and cheap way to bring film to
life. 'Cheap' though? Lucas has no excuse for that, the new Star Wars movies have some of the biggest budgets on record. I didn't go to the movies
to watch a cartoon.
It seems Star Wars has lost it original integrity as great works of art. Lucas has traded it in for commerical opportunities and cereal box
advertising.I am extrememly dissapointed with the latter installments -- I am no longer a Star Wars fan.
So for me, the Old Star Wars movies are better. What do you think?
[edit on 17-7-2005 by Kalibur]