'Star Wars: Episode VII' might be a real Star Wars movie

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  • Dan Maloy Enid, OK
    June 17, 2014 12:39 p.m.

    Article quote: " In tone, in theme and in every way that matters, those three movies have little or nothing in common with genuine Star Wars films. There’s no need to recount the myriad flaws that sank the prequels right from the outset. If you’re unfamiliar with such criticism, just Google “Jar Jar Binks” and settle in for hours, if not days, of written and filmed fan commentary chronicling George Lucas’ legion of sins against filmmaking."

    I hated, h-a-t-e-d Jar Jar Binks. His character was silly, immature, even idiotic. He was a distraction every time he appeared in a scene. And who chose the name "Count Duku"?
    "Duku"? Are you kidding me? That's a name that would only fit in a Dr. Seuss book. Awful, awful choice. And Natalie Portman's acting in Episode 1 was simply horrible. Sorry, die hard Star Wars fans, those things are unforgivable sins, and that is coming from someone who saw the 'original' Star Wars no less than twelve times when I was a kid.

    So....here's to hoping that in Episode 7 they 'get it right'!

  • Well.... Phoenix, AZ
    June 14, 2014 7:49 p.m.

    Jim Bennett, though a fair number of Star Wars fans diss the prequels, it looks like you've oversold the point. Those prequels apparently have more fans than you think, and they think those films fit just fine into the Star Wars universe. I agree, mostly. Yes, it's a toss-up as to who was more annoying, Jar Jar Binks or Hayden Christensen, and Darth Maul was just a bizarre character without depth. Holy mackerel, the *clones* had more personality. :) But there was also a depth of political thought and meaning to Episodes I-III that gave them their own appeal. Each of them had to add something new to the series, since that's just what installments do. Besides, critics of the original Star Wars films panned Mark Hamill's acting, the "cutesy" Ewoks, and the still-perplexing Darth-Vader-joins-Obi-Wan-and-Yoda reveal at the end of Return of the Jedi. Guess critics have to make a living somehow. I'm looking forward to what they have to say about Episodes VII-IX. Enjoy...

  • Samwise Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 14, 2014 12:51 p.m.

    I enjoyed the prequels, but they are nowhere near as good as the original trilogy. They belong in the group of Star Wars movies because they tell an interesting story (that could have been presented much better, but still is a story that needed to be told. I agree that they have a distinctly different feel to them as the Original Trilogy, though, and hope the sequel trilogy is more along the lines of the Original Trilogy rather than the prequel trilogy. I think that all 6 star wars films are above average. The original trilogy is far above average, the prequels are just barely above average. I expect the sequel trilogy to be somewhere in between.

  • Lord Tyranus Baltimore, MD
    June 14, 2014 1:22 a.m.

    Actually, Episode 3 was really liked by many fans and critics . If the prequels had more emotion and wit in it's dialogue, it would have been more well received. Regardless, with the hype and expectations- not to mention a generation of an internet infested and less innocent world - the expectations would've never been reached.

    Indiana Jones 4 disappointed fans for the same reasons. The film couldve been better, but still good. Jurassic World shows signs of a return to the wonder and awe of what made the 1st one great, so the expectations for that, and any other sequel to huge classic films (especially the great Steven Spielberg), become near impossible to reach and satisfy fans.

  • Lord Tyranus Baltimore, MD
    June 14, 2014 1:20 a.m.

    I agree that the anticipation for Episode 7 is justified. All the news we have is the closest we've gotten to the magic of the original trilogy (and maybe the teaser for Ep 1- which is one of the best teasers I've ever seen). I also agree that the prequels were not as good, mainly due to Lucas's flat screenwriting/dialogue (not to mention that aside from Ep 4, he's not that great a director).

    But I think you, and many fans, were harsh on the prequels. The expectations (especially after Ep 1s great teaser) was so high that even if they were masterpieces, they could never live up to the hype. Aside from the dialogue and some of the acting, the prequels were not bad at all. They were good fun and exciting in many places. The story was epic and imaginative, the music and visuals were outstanding (kudos to John Williams!), and most of the characters were colorful(Christopher Lee's Darth Tyranus is a personal favorite; a classic villain- far more powerful and interesting than the overrated Darth Maul)...

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    June 13, 2014 3:55 p.m.

    Although I don't share OBI-WAN37's vigor for the Prequels I will say I enjoyed them and it was a story that needed to be told.

  • OBI-WAN37 Canada, boston, 00
    June 13, 2014 12:47 p.m.

    I personally believe the prequels are the greatest movies in the history of film. They tell an interesting, complex story about how a democracy can become a dictatorship, and how a good person can fall to evil.

    They also used a huge amount of practical effects if you check near the top of the prequel forum on theforce,net.

    They had amazing characters, like Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, General Grievous, Yoda with a lightsaber, Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan, and so forth. Even Anakin and Padme were good characters.

    They also had incredible visuals which surpassed the original trilogy, as well as incredible music, an abundance of awesome vehicles, and fantastic excellently-choreographed lightsaber duels.

    If you want an explanation of why the prequels are awesome, search for a thread titled "The Star Wars Prequels Are Awesome" on reddit.com.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    June 13, 2014 10:33 a.m.

    I'm genuinely excited about the new films, SOLELY because JJ Abrams is at the helm! Granted he's had a few missteps along the way (Seasons 5 & 6 of Lost) but his knack for storytelling and creating characters for whom you genuinely care is amazing. The way he created such seemingly disjointed show in Fringe and then tied it together perfectly makes me confident that he can effectively tie the old trilogy and the new together. Plus, the "leaked" photos with actually constructed sets/props (instead of the overuse of CGI that befell the previous movies) makes me even more optimistic.

    But, and I say this knowing that I'll draw some fire from die-hard fans, even the original trilogy had its shortcomings. While the special effects were innovative for their time, the dialogue was weak and some of the acting was a little flaccid, but overall the actors delivered solid performances. With Abrams running the show though, I think these movies have to potential to be something that even Alec Guinness (who had a lot of resentment towards Star Wars) would be proud to be in.