Dreading Star Wars

We finished watching The Empire Strikes back with the twins tonight. Lots of sad eyes at the end which is understandable given that the movie is not a happy one.

We are going to be viewing the movies in the Machete Order as I think that it presents the movies in the best manner and also makes Return of the Jedi have a more nebulous beginning.

What is making me sad though is just how much of a general disappointment the second trilogy is and how I wish that someone with some skills had directed those films instead of Lucas. Lucas ruined the second trilogy. The descent of Anikin Skywalker to Darth Vader is handled in a hamfisted manner and his directing of Hayden Christensen is bewildering. Anikin spends two movies acting like a spoiled brat and then suddenly turns evil with the flick of a switch.

The entire series of films lacks any emotional depth and it appears that all of Lucas’ efforts went to making ‘cool’ battle scenes and light sabre battles.

The second trilogy pales in comparison to Empire, which will be our launching point to the second trilogy, which not only tells a story about Han and Leia falling in love and losing each other but also tells about Darth Vader’s attempts to turn his son so to avoid having to destroy him.

it is telling that of all the Star Wars movies, Lucas has the least influence in Empire which was written by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan and directed by Irvin Kershner. The story has depth, the directing is well done and it tells the story Lucas envisioned far better than any of his attempts.

So we are going to watch Episode II and III but I won’t enjoy it and I will do so with a sense of regret as we’re only doing so to complete a story and not doing it because the movies are really any good.

It could have been a great series. The story of a man brought down by his fears of the mortality of his loved ones and his inability to save them. Instead we got a flashy special effects laden series with a snivelling Jedi who suddenly embraces evil at pretty much the last minutes of the movie.

It could have been a good story.

At least we don’t have to put up with Jar Jar.