Friday, January 20, 2012
Star Wars: What Could've Been... I'm sure this dead horse doesn't need to be re-beaten, but this recent MSN.com article states that the reason why George Lucas isn't going to make any more Star Wars films (RE: Episodes VII, VIII and IX) is because of the amount of backlash he received by numerous fans and critics over the prequels.
Note to Mr. Lucas: It wasn't the critics who killed the Star Wars series, it was your self-indulgence (the pod race in The Phantom Menace, the numerous changes made to the Original Trilogy since 1997 as well as the upcoming 3-D re-releases, the simple fact that the Star Wars films are constantly being re-released over and over on DVD and at the theaters, and treating the prequels as mere testbeds with which Lucas could experiment with digital cameras instead of shooting on celluloid—thus ruining the visual continuity between the prequels and the Original Trilogy) and poor decision-making (Jar Jar Binks and bad dialogue in the prequels—particularly in Attack of the Clones). The critics gave credit where it's due...just look at the 80% Fresh rating for Revenge of the Sith on the Rotten Tomatoes website.
While Star Wars is obviously your property, Mr. Lucas, you didn't treat the franchise with the same kind of seriousness and reverence that fans gave to the saga until it was pretty much too late (Episode III). The Lord of the Rings films shouldn't have been called the Star Wars trilogy of the 21st century...the movies that came out in theaters in May of 1999, 2002 and 2005 should have. Obviously, again.
Even though it's unfortunate that there will no longer be any more Star Wars films (at least flicks written and directed by Lucas himself), fans always have the books and video games—such as the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic for PC consoles—to make them relish that Galaxy far, far away...
And they don't have to put up with scenes featuring Jar Jar Binks or Anakin feeling "intoxicated" about Padmé to do so.