I guess I'm a purist. <br><br>I like Star Wars (the original - episode IV?) as a self-contained movie, without need for sequels or prequels. In othe words, I never have felt the need to have the questions of Darth Vader or Obi Wan (who are they? Where'd they come from? What's their story?) answerd. The Empire Strikes Back was ok .. Return of the Jedi I really never cared for .. And I've not seen any of these new movies. <br><br><br>****************<br>
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I think one of the few movie sequels that really worked well was Godfather and Godfather II (III was as dumb as dirt). Interestingly, in Puzo's book, the sequence is reversed, but it still works well in film.<br><br>
Many of the R2D2 sequences in the new film were jarringly noticeable CGI. Regardless of the benefits, I really wish they'd have stuck with shooting models and sets. The original still holds up, so why not?!<br><br>-------<br>Aren't you a little old for post-modern nostalgic irony?
This is how technology corrupts art. It's no different than a web site being Flashed to death to the point where the content takes a back seat to the effects. Lucas uses CGI because he can, rather than because he should. Bleh. <br><br>
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Lucas uses CGI because he can, rather than because he should.<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>Well there I have to disagree with you. As a kid I remember reading in Starlog about the epic fight between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader and wishing I could see it on screen but knowing there was no way to ever have a scene like that.<br><br>Had this film been made back in the '70's it would have been a terrible disaster. Had it been made a scant ten years ago, it would have been a disaster. <br><br>I hear comments all the time like "well there's just a bazillion ships on screen in the background." Gee, y'think? It's a planet that has been entirely covered by urban sprawl and technology, so there better be!<br><br>Looking back at the original films I can see where there is a lot of room for improvement, where effects that are available today would have seriously enhanced the story. The attack on the Death Star should have been a huge mass of ships all over the place. Even the final space battle in Jedi could have been a bit more crowded. And the aliens could have been a lot more convincing then they were.<br><br>
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and how much would I wish I could see a Lightsaber lop of Jarjar's head? And how I wish the dolt who just HAD to throw in droid humor had been fired before they wrecked it. I am painfully reminded of the arena with several dead Jedi laying in the dust and the mood is destroyed by 3PO quipping with R2. <br><br>I really think they blew it when they didn't play the theme music to the 3 Stooges in the back ground during the scene where Han is frozen in carbonite. Or have had 3PO do a couple of one liners about being wall art.<br><br>
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