The new Star Wars trilogy is a combination of bad acting and bad directing.
The scripts for the new movie are awful. There's some good story in there, but to find it, you'll have dig past all the crappy, stale dialogue and the gimmicky plot devices (Jar Jar, Jango Fett, etc). Lucas does not know anything about characters; all he cares about is the story. But you need characters for a good story to work. There's a quote by (I think) Mark Hamill that says "If George could make a movie without using actors, he would."
George Lucas's directing also contributes to the suckiness of the new Star Wars as well. He keeps his actors on a tight leash, not giving them much of a chance to act. But the kicker is that George really wasn't that great of a director to being with. The only movie from the original series that he directed was the first (Ep. IV) which is arguably the worst of the original trilogy. The others were directed by Lawerence Kasdan and somebody else. Also, others assisted with the writing of the second two as well. Personally, I think Lucas rides the sucess of others. I mean, most people have no clue that Lucas didn't direct Ep. V and VI. He's good at coming up with stories but he's an average director and an average writer. The fact that Lucas has no one helping him with the directing or script of the new movies just shows how mediocre he is. There's no one there saying to him "That's a bad idea, George!" or "Let's try that again, but use some more emotion!". George sees bad dialogue (his own doing) and throws in some gimmicky special effects and cameos (IE. Chebacca in Ep. III and Jango Fett being the cloned dued) to cover up for his crappyness and to win him points with geeky viewers who feel smart because "Oh, that character appeared in the first movies!". He also throws things in like Jar-Jar to give his movie more appeal to kids, which is stupid because the originals weren't "kids" movies per say, they were movies everyone could enjoy. I think greed is a factor in this and other aspects. He wants wide appeal and merchandising so he can sell more tickets. Why do you think he made this new trilogy in the first place? Because it made up his "definative vision"? Bullshit. He didn't even come up with half the stuff in the original series. If he did, then he really would be a good writer and wouldn't produce the drivel the new trilogy is.
What George Lucas needed to do was to make himself executive producer of the new movies and farm out the directing and scripting to others. He's good at finding talent, he just doesn't have a whole lot himself.
Now, Ep. III could be really good and I'll have to eat my hat, but somehow (despite the fact that I terribly want it to be good) I think that it will be just as bad as the others.
Whew.There was only one catch and that was Catch-22
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