Wars: Episode 3
non-review by Michel Gagné
22nd, 2005 - I saw the original "Star Wars" back
in 1977 and it had more impact on me then any other film. Quite
gave me a direction of what I wanted to do with my life.
the saga has come to a close, and my first thought is:
you Mr. Lucas!
loved episode 3.
almost feel like the "Star Wars" saga was made
for me. Everything I love about fantasy and science-fiction
in those films: the
vastness of the universe; the fantastic creatures; the fanciful
technology; the amazing environments.
love the storytelling with all its varied elements: intriguing
politics; exhilarating chases and battles; cliff hangers;
romance; mysticism and
love the famous "Lucas
wipes" (actually borrowed from the Flash Gordon serials)
that brings us magically from one corner of the galaxy to the
love the fact that there are no fart jokes and stupid anachronisms,
as in most animated or family films these days. Lucas
sets trends, he doesn't follow them.
love the cheesy dialogue, which sounds almost like the Flash
Gordon's serials from the late 30's early 40's (my favorite
set of serialized short films). If it sounded any other way,
it wouldn't be Star Wars.
there anything I don't like about Star Wars? Yeah sure, there's
some stuff I'm not crazy about. But who cares? Why should I
even talk about that? I'm not a movie critic. The last thing
I want to be is a critic or a garbage man (not that there's
anything wrong with that). I'm an artist and I'll stick with
I'm looking at a painting, should I start
analyzing all the brush strokes so I can make a list of the
ones I like and the ones I don't like? I don't think so. Art
affects me on a gut level. I either connect
or I don't. I either love, like, dislike or hate. Everything
else is pointless nitpicking and a waste of my time.
here's another point I'd like to make:
current backlash on Mr. Lucas makes me sick. I have
nothing against people hating the films, but what I don't understand
is how personal the attacks are. I must be from another dimension
because I have nothing but admiration for Lucas. He's inspired
me with his vision. He's paved the way for independent artists.
He's the ultimate example of the "independent economy". I
swear if I ever hear the line "the man who raped my childhood" one
more time, I'll vomit.
the most intelligent on-line post I've seen so far about the
whole travesty. It's from Lightwavedave from AnimationNation.com.
has amassed an increasingly larger core audience at every turn.
It's easy to be confused by the legacy of the guy. With each
film he surpasses past records and earnings, yet engenders
increasingly harsher criticism, all delivered by people who
still slavishly consume his product, bitching all the way.
emotional investment in Star Wars by generations of the audience
is unprecedented. The abuse he absorbs personally is unprecedented.
And yet, the loyalty to his product by the very people who
most harshly criticize him is astounding.
know dozens of people who proclaim that the SW series "sucks" and
every one of them were there on the opening night yesterday.
Some people literally hate him for not preserving a feeling
they had in childhood. Many of them don't take into account
that they've grown up.
saw the original SW at age 21 in 1977. I thought the acting
was a bit wooden, the droids
annoying, and the whole thing a bit too British for my tastes
*but* the look was astounding. I had been waiting all my life
for scifi that looked right...credible. It made Lucas' universe
so much more real than any other film of it's type.
Moore pointed out to me (rightly so)
that visually, that reality is gone. The digital age and it's
many benefits have had one unfortunate side effect. Things
in the movies don't look particularly real. It's a visual candyland
to be sure. A breathing coffeetable scifi art book. But it
doesn't feel real anymore. To me they are perhaps even more "fun" than
they were in the beginning....but less real. Lucas made a consious
decision in that regard. I respect his choices, because I respect
his ownership of what he created. Many fans absolutely do not
respect his ownership of what he has created, they think they
own it, and they want it back. I never had that emotional investment
in the franchise that the average 13 year old in 1977 had.
It's why I can respect the guy and enjoy the films.
there is one thing the world owes George Lucas, it's an apology
for loving what he made so much that they've grown to hate
him for not standing still."