- Jun 26, 2014
I don't know if Star Wars has a fanbase here, but I'll kick things off with the photo of what they claim is the new, Episode VII Stormtrooper helmets posted to Twitter by the 501st.
Yeah, I think I like the original helmets too, although I can't discount the possibility that I'm just being an old fart.
It had some cool stuff, I enjoyed watching it in the theater.
But it still had some grave faults.
Whou that is some tough claim. Well Episode 3 is certainly the best of the PT and Return of the Jedi the worst of the OT.
I agree. I'm optimistic about Kasdan's involvement in VII, since he wrote The Empire Strikes Back, and co-wrote Return of the Jedi.Lucas' dialogue has always been appalling and his characters wooden stereotypes.
Children of all ages. Just like Doctor Who is something that more teens and adults watch in North America than children do.I think a great deal of the love for Star Wars comes from the age when people saw them. For most of my generation there's something mythically foundational about the original trilogy. But I saw them for the first time as an adult at the cinema, and while I thought they were all right, I didn't think them anything really special (though the aforementioned bits of Return of the Jedi were mesmerising). They seemed, as I said, to be basically children's films. In retrospect I think my opinion of them has improved. But overall it seems to me that much of people's attitude to them comes not so much from the films as from the massive cultural impact they had at the time. A generation grew up being told by the media, by advertisers, and by the whole toy industry that Star Wars was the greatest story ever told, and they believed it.
No more Jar Jar: new Star Wars films to focus on practical effects
By Danielle Riendeau August 19, 2014
Director Rian Johnson, who is slated to take over the Star Wars franchise after J.J. Abrams directs Star Wars: Episode VII, has said that the new films will favor practical effects over CGI.
From The Hollywood Reporter and the Girls in Hoodies podcast:
"They're doing so much practical building for this one. Its awesome. I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick."
This is a huge relief, of course, for fans who were upset by the CG-dominant approach of the prequel trilogy. Johnson commented on the generational divide in the interview: "I probably sound like a grumpy old man talking about it. I do wonder because I think kids are growing up watching those and thats the thing that they love now, so I dont know whether it is a generational thing, and it could be."
Star Wars: Episode VII is due out in December 2015, with Johnson's Episode VIII to follow in 2017.
I might be being an old fart too...or I might be influenced by the fact that I think the later movies are just a huge step down from the earlier ones so anything new is seemingly pointless.