Thought I would start a thread on the new Star Wars movie, some news here:
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Is J.J Abrams still directing? I heard a rumour he was about to quit a few weeks ago, I hope not as a Star Wars movie directed by him would surely be worth seeing and banish those painful memories of the prequels...only episode 3 had any merit...until the comedy ending.
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I think so according to this:
Personally, I don't think the prequels had any merits. Terrible acting throughout. Was really disappointed with the third film.
Possibly some positive news in this link, after the CGI-heavy prequels and the clunky CGI inserts in the original trilogy:
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Good idea for a thread by the way gel.
If Disney and Abrams et al. are scaling back the CGI, perhaps they could revisit the original trilogy and take out the CGI, awful new songs, "exciting" new footage, and make Han shoot first. Star Wars fans would be most excited by a fully restored original trilogy Blu-ray release. Yub nub, anyone???
That said, while I loved the films as a kid, I left Star Wars fandom behind a long time ago.
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Oh please god let Han shoot first again.
Greedo shooting first is just pathetic - he's supposed to be a bounty hunter but misses his target from less than two feet away!?!
Greedo did shoot first on the original storyboards. The mistake was trying to put it in by CGI years after shooting the original scene, where for some reason he did not.
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He shot first in the original releases. It was only later Lucas changed it for no good reason.
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Problem is, that wasn't acting, it was George Lucas telling the actors exactly how to say each line, instead of leaving them to get on with it, if they didn't do it exactly how he wanted it they did it again, so the problem is that George Lucas clearly can't act.. Ewan MacGregor was quite open about how frustrating it was.
I doubt Abrams will make the same mistake.
Casting soulless automatons such as Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman didn't help.
Sure, the dialogue was painful; and Lucas certainly isn't an actor's director; but cast members have to accept some responsibility. Ian McDiarmid was more than serviceable in the face of lamentable writing and shoddy direction. It's not all George's fault.
That said, Lucas does believe that exposition is dialogue's only function.
You're being a tad harsh on Natalie portman there, thought she was very good in Black Swan.
I thought episodes two and three were serviceable (with three the best of the prequels), but Lucas made a mistake of ego by trying to control everything himself rather than concentrate on producing the films and delegate direction to someone else. It's no coincidence that the best star wards film, Empire, is the one directed by someone else with the confidence and experience to do the job properly (and not just be told what to do by George).
I'm cautiously optimistic about the new ones, Abrams is a good director and while Disney have had a few box office flops lately John Carter showed the studio can mix top-class CGI with live action in a convincing way within a sci-fi film.
I though Natalie Portman was just as soulless in Black Swan as any other film she's appeared in. I recall stating a long argument as to why on a forum thread several years back.
It's no coincidence that the best star wards film, Empire, is the one directed by someone else with the confidence and experience to do the job properly (and not just be told what to do by George).
I wouldn't argue to the contrary.
I'm not trying to absolve George of all responsibility. He should certainly shoulder most of the blame. Of course Lucas didn't direct ROTJ, either, though he apparently did a fair bit of meddling.
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