the problem is that lucas has taken too big of a role in the series if you ask me. You have to remember that aside from the first flick Lawrence Kasdan was the main writer of the star wars and indiana jones movies. lucas also didnt direct empire, jedi or any of the jones trilogy.
anyone who thinks the original trilogy doesn't have much character or dialouge doesn't know what they're talking about. han solo was more than a smuggler, he was a cynic. he didnt believe in the force, and he wasn't into the save the world plot. neo was the same way in the first matrix.
the problem with creating these sci-fi worlds based on religions is that if you have all your characters believing in them wholeheartedly then it fails to create characters, but mearly drones.
the jedi are boring cuz they have no emotion, xion is boring cuz everyone believes. one thing that also made the original trilogy good was it's bad character. let me say this, no good/bad plotline can survice without a very strong evil character that adapts against the protagonist. darth vadar's evolution from his first choke hold scene to his redemption is simply brilliant, and i'm gonna be honost, is probably the best transformation of a villian since hugo's les miserables.
part of the problem with the new set of films is that they can't make this change cuz the evil guys win out in the end. what the new movies should have been about is the fall of anakin skywalker, taken to a paradise lost level. how does the most pious and powerful man in the universe fall to evil? Lucas tells us it is love, but his reasoning is that jedi's can't love, which to the viewer plain doesn't make sense. Why can't a jedi love, is the force a neutral entity that reacts poorly to love? What about the love of luke for leia, for han, for his father, that allowed him to make up his own mind and not allow the force to neutralize him? That was what made luke cool, his conflict.
The characters have no conflict in the new movies. Instead we are treated to special effects that rely on ressurecting old references and gimmicking them...aka yoda in a lightsaber scene. Sure it looks kinda cool, but does it make sense at all, does it change plot or character? No fucking way, not in the way that yoda does when he pulls the xwing out of the swamp to prove luke's denials.
The new star wars flicks are bad because they were poorly written. simple enough.
sorry if this got kinda long. im a film student, and movies as you can tell from my site is pretty much my life.
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