Sunday, September 19, 2004

A long time ago. . .

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. . . Star Wars use to be something special. It's only with bittersweet nostalgia that I get even mildly excited with the news that the original Star Wars trilogy was released on DVD this past week. Fans have been waiting forever for Lucas to release this on the higher quality DVD format. I was watching a commercial and I couldn't but help get a few goosebumps thinking about what these movies once meant for me. That is, until Lucas unleashed the prequels, and my warm, cuddly feelings toward SW forever disappeared. It's not a pleasant thing to have such a positive childhood memory utterly obliterated, but that's exactly what Lucas did with these prequels.

Sure, I was interested as the next person in the Star Wars backstory, but what I wasn't expecting was the crap that came out. Both the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones are virtually unwatchable. I still can't understand why Lucas decided to direct these movies and not farm them out to some high profile directors (Speilberg, James Cameron, David Finch, even Michael Bay would've been better!!). Instead, Lucas takes the reins and his approach is akin to someone developing a video game. For Lucas, the public is no longer comprised of fans, but of consumers, and the product is created accordingly.

Well, I can't lie, it was exciting to see scenes from the old movies: the AT-AT walkers; the millennium falcon; lando; and of course the brooding Darth Vader. But even Darth is not as menacing as he once was. How could he be? As he's lifting the rebel soldier off the ground, choking him, in the opening scene of A New Hope, we come to the horrible realization that this evil villain was once called "Annie."

-MB

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