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Star Wars

Posted by phduffy on 2005-06-01 13:31:54
4 forum posts
I actually wrote this for WCRI's little student newspaper, but I thought I'd post it here.

Why I won’t pay to see the new Star Wars Movie

I recently read with dismay the news that Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith had broken the four day box office record. I refuse to see this movie out of principle, and I was hoping that others would do the same.
Many of my friends, upon hearing this, have been surprised: don’t I like Star Wars? Don’t I like science fiction? How could I miss out on this movie? It’s pretty simple really. The original Star Wars movies were lots of fun. Some nice action, solid special effects, slightly cheesy dialogue, but overall a good time. Episodes One and Two were so poorly conceived, acted, and executed that they would fail a high school film class. The fact that they’ve set box offices records disturbs me. I can understand that the first film did well; after all, people had been anticipating it for almost 20 years. I saw it in the theatre myself. I thought it was a very mediocre film with some nice special effects. I then resolved to avoid seeing the second movie in the theatre. So, about 3 months after Episode Two came out on video, I rented it. I think it’s safe to say that I have never been more disappointed in a movie in my life. Not only did Lucas manage to con millions of people out of their money on this movie, he also managed to introduce plot points that reduce the legacy of the original trilogy! The Force is no longer a mystical zen like power, but is now dependent on your blood cell count? Upon watching this movie, I seriously began to wonder how much Lucas had to do with the original movies, as it’s almost inconceivable that he could have created those movies, and something as terrible as Episode Two.

After discussing the new movies with friends of mine, I find that some of them find Episode Two to be the mediocre film, and think that Episode One is the garbage film. But really, it doesn’t matter which of the two films you think is horrible: the fact is that you think one of the films is horrible should be enough to prevent you from going to the third film. To me, paying money to see stuff like the third Star Wars movie sends a message to Hollywood, and it’s not a good one. The message that’s being sent is that QUALITY DOESN’T MATTER. This is a dangerous message, as it’s already hard enough to find decent films at the Cineplex. If you look at Lucas’s prior record and decide that you should pay for his final film, you’re sending him the message that you’ll pay for any schlock that he makes.

I just want to note that this isn’t a rant against big budget Hollywood movies. It’s a rant against crappy big budget movies. I expect that later this summer I’ll see and enjoy the new Batman movie. The Batman franchise is an example of how things should have gone for Star Wars. As the movies got progressively worse, the box office got smaller and smaller, until the final, terrible film was the final dagger. Now, almost a decade later, a new regime is brought in to make a quality film (and not to sell toys).

Paul Duffy (self proclaimed geek)
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