Yes. The answer is yes.
Interesting, a movie (Phantom Menace) makes over half a billion dollars and is
called a "miserable failure."Episode IV was unlike anything
else for 2 reasons. (1) Special Effects and (2) An epic battle of good and evil
and where the back story slowly emerged. At the time, (1977) most of the
discussion in the media was about the special effects. We had not seen anything
like them before. That got our attention. And episodes V and VI continued the
second reason.The "crackling wit" was pretty lame (even the
subject of many jokes), but we put up with it because of the two reasons
mentioned above.Episodes I to III told the back story--key parts of
which we already knew. This was the telling of the "Golden Age" for
episodes IV to VI. Instead of old cripples and novices doing amazing things with
the force, we now had large numbers of fully mature Jedis at their peak. Now,
how do you film that and not make it look corny? It wasn't uncovering a
back story, so it doesn't have that feel of IV to VI and the special
effects are consistent with other contemporary movies.
I heard captain Septugenarian Solo will survive the destruction of a Death Star
by climbing into a space fridge.
Jim, you really nailed it with regard to the Star Wars prequels. It's
interesting now that we have a 6-movie boxed set how often we watch episodes
IV-VI and NEVER watch the newer ones. I can't believe they had all those
great actors and sets and still managed to make the writing so boring. Yoda is
way more fun in Episode V. I'm hopeful with Kasdan writing and
Abrams directing it will be a winner. I hope these guys have learned from the
train wreck of the last 3. I'm most hopeful, given what Abrams has done
with Star Trek. I was not a huge fan but these newest 2 episodes are a ton of
fun. I hope they don't leave the kid audience out of these...that's
another thing that made episodes IV thru VI so good - they appreciated the kids
in the audience.
I like all six Star Wars movies. And I still enjoy watching them. I think the
prequels were not as fantastic because you already knew the end result. But
seeing how the end result came to be was interesting to me. Maybe that's
why some people don't like history, because we already know what happens in
No it won't be. One reason: JJ Abrams. If it was anybody else directing
then I would be holding my breath but seeing what he has done with "Star
Trek" has left me impressed and made me a fan of that series when I never
was before. I am excited to see what he does with "Star
Wars". You the man, JJ!
You are all forgetting that a HUGE reason why Episodes I-III were so horible was
the fact that the studio didn't dare cross George Lucas. In episodes IV-VI
the studio hired some writers to clean up what George had written and make it
into a good movie.We have a really good chance of the new Star Wars
movies turn out great because George is not in control nor is he writing it.
I still loved Empire Strikes back the best... I don't know what episode
that is... just that it was great. Bennett was a little harsh me thinks on the
Star Wars movies... All in all they were pretty good... Sure made a lot of
money for being failures. Wish I could have even ONE failure that turned out
as good. The Jar Jar character and the ewoks.. were a little tough to swallow,
but sometimes you just gotta sit back and enjoy without getting too critical
about too much. Whether something is enjoyable or not is mostly about a choice
you make. I wouldn't be a very good critic.