So, now we are going to get Star Wars in 3-D. I have an idea that is better than that. How about a Star Wars reboot? Whooooaaaa......pump the breaks there folks. I realize just how influential and important the original Star Wars films were/are. I'm a fan. But, George Lucas has screwed the series up and I don't think that can be debated by any serious fan. The prequels were great in small spurts, but overall, the acting was sub par and I have to think that quite a bit of that was due to poor writing and directing. Any time that Anakin and Padme' had scenes together, I couldn't help but cringe at the over acting of Hayden Christensen and the poor dialogue. Jar Jar stands on his own as one of the all time worst movie characters. It would have better if Lucas had used Alf instead of the Jar Jar character.
There is one director/write out there who could pull it off. Christopher Nolan. What he has done with Batman has been nothing short of brilliant and spectacular. I would expect him to be true to the story and not monkey with the basics. The dialogue needs an adult tone to it and the plot lines need to be tightened up. I still find it ridiculous that Lucas allowed the light saber fights to be so advanced in the prequels. In my opinion, it cheapened the work in the original trilogy.
I love how the original Star Wars film had a western feel to it. The guy in the white hat against the guy in the black hat. Good versus evil. Light against darkness. Freedom overcoming tyranny. There wouldn't be any need for any major plot lines to be changed in the originals (except maybe making the Wookies the heroes instead of Muppet's....Muppet's that defeated Imperial troops, for chrissakes!) but, the prequels could use some tinkering. The story of Anakin becoming Darth Vader was supposed to be the story of the prequels and I guess it was. But it just didn't seem right. He was happy to be a Jedi one moment and then he suddenly turns. Come on, give us some pain and torment. No way he made that decision and went full bore evil in a span of 15 movie minutes.
So, chew on that. Maybe I'll do another blog on who I'd like to see play some roles. I believe I will probably get more death threats than Salman Rushdie for this particular blog. So, into exile I must go.
By the way, if you have never seen the episode of South Park where George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are spoofed.....you must! Season 12, episode 8.
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to realize what South Park is saying in this scene;