This is pasted from a critical review of Star Wars III which gives
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both the positive and negative, for an overall positive recommendation.
However I must share in the criticisms as being quite wholly accurate:
Here comes Christopher Lee as Count Dooku! Leave it to a
special-effects mogul to cast an 82-year-old man in a
part that's 99-percent acrobatic somersaults and swordplay.
Yoda's fighting is considerably more credible. And Lucas
still suffers from what I called (re: Attack of the Clones)
"runaway digititis": the compulsion to sprinkle every frame,
every pixel with cyber-MSG, so that the simplest conversation
is upstaged by a backdrop of shuttle-crafts darting up and
down, side to side, and diagonally. It's like competing for
attention with hundreds of goldfish on speed.
The word is that Lucas was finally persuaded to bring in a real
writer—Tom Stoppard, it is said—to make the dialogue semi-speakable.
Certainly the beats are clearer and the conflicts sharper, but
there's only so much one can do with a line like, "Hold me like
you did by the lake on Naboo."
Lucas went crazy with the cyber-MSG (excellent metaphor, in my estimation)
beginning with the revisions of the original three movies in the late '90's.
At first it was decent because it brought truly up-to-date some classic old
films that, by virtue of their suggested visual scope, could really use the
digital creations he added in. However, he's been obnoxious with it during
the prequel trilogy. In the case of SW3, he tarnished the wonderful duel
between Anakin and Obi-Wan at the end by having some silly, stupid-looking
droid pop into the picture, look at them, and then hover away for absolutely
no reason whatsoever. It stuck in my craw at the moment when I was
watching the duel in the theater and it irritates me now. What is
wrong with George Lucas, already? Doesn't anyone tell him about these bad
habits or is he surrounded by fearful yes-men? I suspect it's the latter.
As for the second issue with the dialog, I did notice it was significantly
better than in SW2. Some of the dialog in SW2 truly made me want to vomit.
It was that bad, folks. If you haven't seen SW2 don't bother, it sucks,
unless you're the type of completist who absolutely has to see the whole thing.
I was completely unsurprised when I read the above passage in the critique
informing me that someone had been brought in out-of-house to help with the
dialogue. It should've been done for the whole series, to tell you the truth.
Bad dialogue has been one of the achille's heels of the whole film legacy of
Star Wars. I'll have to go back and watch films like American Grafitti and its
sequel so I can tell you if Lucas has been this horrid throughout his
I've been reading about the bad lines like the one from Padme - "Hold me like
you did by the lake on Naboo" - since right before I saw the movie. I wonder
what Lucas thinks and feels when he sees the multitudinal negative references
to his inferior script-writing.
I wonder if this could possibly be the reason why Carrie Fisher has reinvented
herself as a script-doctor, a rewriter of other peoples' shitty dialogue. It
couldn't have been, possibly, the oodles of shitty dialogue she had to push out
of her own mouth during her days as Princess Leia in the original trilogy, could
it? Well? I think it's at least a solid possibility. The incompetence and lack
of integrity of my junior-year english teacher back in high school was one of the
motivators leading me to become an english teacher myself. Incompetence sometimes
breeds ambition: "I can do it better."
I think I'll rent a copy of 'Postcards from the Edge'. It's a movie made from a
book by Carrie Fisher; both rose to critical acclaim.
What bothers me is that I've seen photographs, in respectable publications, of
Carrie Fisher shopping with ... ugh ... Paris Hilton. I would think she'd keep
better company than that. Well, there's no accounting for taste.