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May the Fourth Be With You

pexels-photo-207529.jpeg I couldn’t let today go by without mention of Star Wars could I? And it is the only celebration linked to a bad pun.

We are also only three weeks away from the release of: Solo: A Star Wars Story. I am looking forward to this film. Rouge One was excellent, though admittedly better the second time, and I enjoyed The Force Awakens too.

I have been, and always shall be, more of a Trek fan than a Star Wars – although I don’t like Discovery or the Kelvin Timeline. However I do enjoy Star Wars very much. I have even come to re-evaluate the prequels in recent years. I still think they are flawed and, at times, facepalmingly bad. pexels-photo.jpg However they are  fun. And isn’t that the point of a film?

As for The Last Jedi I have only seen it the once but rather liked it. I do have a vague recollection of checking my watch during it though.

I am probably an odd fan though since I much prefer Han over Luke and have never quite seen the big deal over Darth Vader.* Don’t get me wrong Vader is an interesting character but I have never quite seen why he so often seems to feature on lists of greatest villains. In the original trilogy he doesn’t do much. Tarkin however he is an excellent villain.

If you are re-watching a Star Wars film tonight then have fun. And I’ll see you again on Sunday. (Actually I’ll see you in my past as that post is already scheduled.)

*Although the sequence in Rouge One was amazing.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Star Wars, CGI, and My Imagination

We’ve probably all seen the trailers for The Force Awakens. If not here it is…

One of the things I notice about this is it looks real. This might be that CGI has improved significantly since Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith but I suspect practical effects have also been used a lot more.

I’m a big fan of practical effects. Firstly its better of the actors. If an actor is standing in front of nothing it is difficult to know how to react. The battle on Mustafar, for instance, is so overblown. The amount of hours needed, to get the CGI right, is ridiculous. The fight between Westley and Inigo, in The Princess Bride, is far better. Obviously the emotions involved are entirely different but we don’t need so many special effects. If you have good actors you only need a room.

Yes I have very high hopes for The Force Awakens. I think it will be excellent. Although if it’s worse than the prequels that would be an amazing achievement.

CGI has its place of course but it shouldn’t be used all the time. It reminds me of Willow’s addiction to magic in Buffy the Vampire slayer. She gets to the point of not even considering other options. And sometimes that’s how directors seem to use CGI.

Another casualty of CGI is my imagination. When reading a science fiction, or fantasy book, it can be hard to imagine the fantastic things described. Instead of seeing a real alien interacting with the characters I see a scene that doesn’t quite work and a slightly blobby creature.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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May the Forth be With You

Today is Star Wars day. Today was also a bank holiday in the UK. Unfortunately I don’t work in a bank so I was working. I didn’t do anything Star Wars related today, unless you count this post, but it seemed like I good time to put my thoughts down about the upcoming movies.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens will be released in December. I have high hopes.

The disaster, clusterfuck, snafu, or whatever you want to call it, of the prequels is well known. They did have some good action sequences but the dialogue – well I don’t need to flog that particular expired equine. You can look at Confused Matthew and Redlettermedia for that. FYI – Redlettermedia has a strange style but if you can ignore the serial killer persona it is definitely worth a watch.

Having seen the trailer for Episode VII – it looks good. Mainly it looks as though they’re not relying too heavily on CGI so just maybe it will be… fantastic!

I am quite optimistic.

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May the Fourth Be With You

Today is Star Wars day. So I thought I’d engage in some more flogging of a dead horse. Yes, as you’ve guessed, this post will be about the prequels. Episodes 1, 2, and 3 have been repeatedly flogged. There is no point in me going over old ground on that. You can watch the Confused Matthew or Redlettermedia reviews. A word of warning Confused Mathew is very angry and Redlettermedia is… disturbing.

Unless you’ve spent the last few years frozen in carbonite you’ll know the problems with these films. Instead I thought I’d offer a few suggestions of what could have been done instead. The original trilogy mentioned very little of what came before – leaving Lucas with very little that had to be included.

One

I think the film(s) should have focused on the relationship between Anakin and Obi-wan. Perhaps it could start shortly after Obi-wan became a Jedi Master. Slowly we would see Anakin slide into darkness. This could start with Anakin going a little too far in an interrogation – leading further and further to the dark side. Its not hard to see how a good man might turn bad. Just think of the old philosophical problem with the runaway train: Do nothing and three people die – do something and one person dies. Anakin would become more and more disillusioned with the Jedi ways. The ends justify the means would be how he justifies himself.

Two

Redlettermedia has an excellent suggestion in his Revenge of the Sith review. The republic is attacked by unknown forces, clones, and the individual militaries are unable to withstand the assaults. In response the Chancellor decides to create an army for the republic.  Obi-wan and Anakin begin to investigate and discover that the Chancellor is playing both sides. He created the war as a grab for power.

Three

In episode one we are introduced to Naboo. My question why not call it Alderaan? It would only have required a find and replace and would have given a wonderful poignancy every time it was mentioned.

Those are just a few little thoughts. I’m sure there’s more but I want to post this today!

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Flogging a Dead Horse

If you have even a passing familiarity with web reviews you’ve probably stumbled upon reviews of the Star Wars prequels. These reviews do not tend to be favourable.

Well I watched Episode 1 the other day and it wasn’t quite as bad as I remembered. It certainly isn’t a great film but it’s not unwatchable.

Watching episode one is like watching a wooden spoon match. You can enjoy the skill of the players and get into the game but, ultimately, they are simply the bottom two teams and the winner and the loser doesn’t really matter. Similarly, in Episode 1, the battles are fun to look at but the who’s who is almost completely lost.

This may be a bad idea but I’m going to post a Star Wars review. This will be sometime in the not to distant future. It may be flogging a dead horse but at least we can guard against a zombie horse.

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