A bit of a controversial review here...|
Star Wars - A New Hope
I'm a big fan of the original trilogy, I must have seen them all at least 50 times, easily more than any other film, but I haven't watched them properly in a good few years. So with all the recent hype about Episode VII, I was in the mood yesterday for some classic Star Wars action.
Something wasn't right. All I could do was point out the flaws.
The effects suddenly looked pretty ropey to me (- the weird transition from zoom in on a photo of the Death Star trench to actual moving camera within the 3D model for instance. The same shot is used twice incidentally).
The dialogue seemed to have lost all its kooky charm, appearing incredibly shitty and amateurish instead (- 'I've got a bad feeling about this' the go-to line in any troubling situation).
The character development lacking any sense of realistic progression (- Luke hardly giving a single fuck about his charred Aunt and Uncle, no repercussions whatsoever other than motivating him to leave the planet). Weirdly, C3PO and R2D2 were the most human.
There's an awful lot more that I could get into, I'm just too lazy and brain-dead to do so, but the more I think about it, the more convinced I am George Lucas just got lucky with the original film at the time. And the more aware I am that Star Wars really is just a kid's film (and the pacing and sense of progression is perfect for a child's brain but maybe not an adult one) and that I'm probably too old and cynical to enjoy it fully now. Which is quite sad. The goodwill and affection I've carried for the film since seeing it on TV on Christmas Day as a child has slowly eroded over the years as its many faults become more apparent. The prequels have demonstrated that Lucas doesn't really know what he's doing and probably never did.
If the same has happened to Empire I might cry a bit.
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