I’ve read a lot of stuff (or is that Stuph™?) listing the many criticisms people have made about each of the Star Wars movies over the years, mainly about the prequels.
I think that the PT may have received more criticism than the OT, although that may just be because the PT came out during the age of the internet which gave lots more people a chance to share their opinions with lots of other people all in one go; it may also be because the kids who watched the OT decades ago are now adults and view the PT as being for kids – which it is, obviously, but so was the OT.
All of the Star Wars movies had some pretty major plot holes and I think many people would agree that things could have been done differently. As I’ve just said on Twitter, I think that the reason behind the inconsistencies, incest and lack of continuity is purely because George Lucas didn’t plan ahead; he just made it all up as he went along, episode by episode.
I think that when he introduced Leia as Luke’s sister in Episode 6, that he wished he hadn’t made that scene where Leia lustily kisses Luke on the mouth. I don’t think he even considered the incest angle there, simply because that probably wasn’t his intention. What, insert soap opera shock value here? Nah, leave that to the makers of ‘Borgia‘.
I really don’t think that George cared about continuity at all; he just wanted to do a few simple things: –
- He wanted to suck us in for just long enough for us to part with our money
- He wanted to suck kids in for just long enough for us to part with our money
- He wanted to make a short, rip roaring roller-coaster of a yarn in a nice, neat package
- He wanted to knock these out of the studios as fast as possible, to profit from the inertia of his initial success
I’d say he was pretty successful at doing these things; the Star Wars franchise is estimated to be worth $27 billion, George Lucas sold his company for $4 billion, and George himself is estimated to be worth around the same.
I’m not alone in saying that the OT at least had some great moments and I loved the special effects, even though they are now aged, and appreciate them even more knowing that in the first movie quite a lot of the special effects were made on a small budget and were really quite low-tech by today’s standards.
I like the first two movies of the OT best. Even despite the plot holes in the first two episodes of the OT, I still enjoy watching them and appreciate them for the simple fun that they are. In my opinion Episode 6 was when George really began to be motivated more by how much money he could make out of the franchise rather than by creating a good story; for example, the Ewoks were completely unnecessary, plus revealing Leia as Luke’s sister added nothing substantial to the plot of the episode and just undermined the whole thing, even if only marginally.
Still, the Star Wars franchise is still loved by many, and I’m probably not the only one glad to see that George Lucas has retired and that it’s JJ Abrams who’s making the next Star Wars trilogy; despite the obvious stupidity of the black hole/worm hole plot device in his first instalment of ‘Star Trek’, I’m confident that JJ will do a good job.
Yes, we may criticise the Star Wars movies and George Lucas, but then as Obi-Wan said, “Who’s the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?”.