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  •  Why is Lucas criticized so much? (none)
    Episodes I and II had flaws, but most of those flaws applied to the original trilogy as well - cartoonish Ewoks/Jar Jar, bad dialogue, excessive action, etc.

    And why is there endless groaning about the "Special Editions"?  95 percent of the movie is the same.

    •  fear of change (4.00)
      Lucas takes the view that the medium he works in in fluid.

      The audience for the most part doesn't.

      That said, I do agree with the popular sentiment that Han shot Greedo first, dammit.

    •  I watched A New Hope (none)
      again last night.  It still freaks me out when Han turns the corner and there are all those extra storm troopers.  But in my opinion, it's an improvement.
    •  The Fatal Flaw (none)
      in Episodes 1 & 2 was the gigantor Schmaltz Factor. Lots of mooney eyes and pseudomystical mumbo-jumbo. One didn't have to sit through that shit in order to have an appreciation for the ancient order of Jedi.

      I watched Episode 2 and we fast-forwarded through the crappy love scenes and the movie actually kicked ass. I think with some better choices of what needed to stay on the editing room floor, those two movies would have been more compelling. But then again, it ain't my film.

      But I agree: Han shot first.

      Ask Copernicus about pushing limits.

      by Xray the Enforcer on Fri May 06, 2005 at 10:57:42 AM PDT

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    •  well, about I and II (none)
      Lucas suffers from the problem that he's too important and isn't operating under any real constraints (certainly not budget or effects).

      His movies are slow cause he's really not a very good director. Great storyteller, bad director. Primarily he doesn't have anyone who's standing up to him and forcing him to trim the fat from the scenes.

      Being a writer-director is dangerous. Not many people can do it. You get too attached to certain pet details because you came up with them, even if everyone else thinks they're a bad idea. (Don Norman's Design of Everyday Things discusses a parallel to this, where the designer of a product usually has a pet feature which they will admit might not be perfect but they rationalize and justify things to keep it in anyway.) If you're going to do it, you need someone there to tell you the hard truth, and I just don't think he had that for I and II.

      Episodes I and II were both decent movies but they both would've benefited greatly by having as much as a half-hour edited out. Not even in big chunks; just by trimming 10 seconds off here, 20 seconds off there, don't really need that shot, etc. When the story is the important part you don't want to drown in the details.

      It's the difference between a movie where you watch the character get up, walk over to the door, unlock it, and swing it open ... vs a movie that jump-cuts over all that and just shows you who's there.

      The Americans will always do the right thing... after they've exhausted all the alternatives. - Sir Winston Churchill

      by drewthaler on Sun May 15, 2005 at 11:09:45 PM PDT

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