Originally posted by Monkey Fool sometime ago
Lucas has done so much for Cinema THAT was why I said lets not slag him off unnecessarily.
The points you have raised are your opinion of the film, which I will concede in admitting to hearing the same before. If you had followed the reviews of Episode 1 you may also like to mention the amount of critics that praised the young Jake’s performance saying how good an actor he is. As I mentioned before the “YIPEES” grate me as much as the next person but Lucas has tried his hardest to create a cute, unthreatening little guy who could not possibly turn into Vader. He made a few of the scenes with him seem “hammy” and over acted for that exact reason and so children could even get that impression. Lucas, from the outset of filming, said the movie would be more kid based than the previous trilogy that would set the scene of what was to come. The film would appear very light and happy compared with rest.
Regarding his choice of directors. I think the guy deserves praise for doing everything in these films from Editing, Directing, Production, Cinematography, all of the technical aspects of such a massive project and also coming up with an entirely new galaxy with different rules and people. He may not be an Irvin Kershner but the guy does not set out to be. These movies are a 9 year, full time project and which other director can claim that sort of commitment?? (That is not to take anything away from the “true” calibre directors at all)
This leads me well into his choice of using so much CG, again another brave step in the future of Cinema. What will happen when the likes of Spiderman is released (if it ever happens!) were rumours suggest a lead role filled by a CG character, will you not give the film a chance because of this? I hope this form of film does not take over from the conventional style of director and actors but it can certainly live on the same shelf. Film is a directors medium but Lucas does not try and make Oscar winning dramatic scenes but Epic tales, again completely different from other directors.
If you look behind the scenes Ahmed Best played Jar Jar just as he is seen on the screen in CG format. Lucas replaced the human form for a more alien like being and IMO it works brilliantly. Not liking Jar Jar’s character is one thing but hating him for being CG is wrong. Unless of course you REALLY don’t like computer animation, but that is your choice. (just stay away from Toy Story if that is true) No film has ever seen such a blend of CG and real life actors working so well. (except for the scene were Obi Wan is staring over Jar Jar’s head)
So the film is childish but it was aimed at CHILDREN why people assume he should make a film foe the die hard fans is beyond me but we are all victims of what has gone before.
If you don’t like it fine but don’t try and convince me of the same.