Star Wars III: "'Titanic' in Space"
The final Star Wars movie will be an emotional "Titanic in space", according to director George Lucas. Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith will hit movie theatres in America in May bringing to an end the most celebrated sci-fi film franchise in screen history. Episodes I and II, released 16 years after the last of the original trilogy Return Of The Jedi, were derided by critics and fans - who felt they lacked the quality of their predecessors. But Lucas is promising Episode III, which will bring the series to a close, will be a different affair. He says, "It's a real tearjerker, and it will be received in a way that none of us can expect. I feel that I've made the movie the best I can and it turned out the way I wanted it to be, so I'm happy." And he insists he isn't concerned about fans' response to Episode III: "I never try to anticipate what the world's going to think or even worry about whether they're going to like it or not. That's not my job, to make people like my movies. They either like them or they don't. That's completely out of my hands." Speaking at the ShoWest conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lucas refused to give away the film's plot - but screened the first six minutes of the film, and told audience members, "Obviously, fans would love to see a movie about Darth Vader running around killing people. I'm not telling that story, and I'm not interested in that. That's not what the movie is. This first trilogy is really about the father, the struggles of a father, or a man, basically, to find himself, and at the same time fall into a trap of wanting certain powers, making a pact with the devil and basically spending the rest of his life regretting it."
"Obviously, fans would love to see a movie about Darth Vader running around killing people."
What!?! Who does he think his fans are? A bunch of Extreme!Explosions!!! idiots? It never once occurred to me that I wanted to watch Darth Vader running around killing people. A "'Titanic' in space"?!? What makes him think that a bloated melodrama with an admittedly cool 30-minute SFX extravaganza ending is a good model for a Star Wars movie? I acknowledge that the originals are little more than space operas with straightforward plots, but they weren't sappy melodramas. He's trying to write a "real tearjerker"? I hate to bust it to him, but I seriously doubt that watching Hayden Christensen continue to the deserved end of his whiny wooden character will bring me to tears. Rather, watching Portman and McGregor get sucked into the abyss with him might make me suffer a hiccup or two.
I'm still going to see it; I have to. It's just that my sinking feeling has taken a sudden plummet.
Oh, and I have to grant Lucas his point on not caring about making the fans happy: he's doing his art/push-the-technology-envelope thing for his own reasons and we shouldn't be able to force him to change. I just wish his love for visuals and the technology envelope edges hadn't overpowered his storytelling and character-building sense and forced all that talent into making a bloated excuse for poor plot and lame science fiction.
Mm. A little bit too acerbic, there. Softened version: I just wish that irreverent humor and kick-butt characters still characterized the Star Wars franchise, and not just lots of cool (but ultimately superfluous) visuals.