Tuesday, March 25, 2008


In this USA Today article George Lucas is "tempering" expectations for the new film. I rhetorically beg you George, step away from the computer, step away from the ranch and step away from the microphone and shut up. Why don't you go make an experimental film. Remember George? The kind of movies you weren't allowed to make because you got caught up in Star Wars? Remember? Didn't you set-up an entire system allowing you to work independently of the studios. George has been threatening for YEARS to make his own movies with limited commercial appeal, what the devil is he waiting for? With the exception of his buddy Steven, George Lucas can probably snap his fingers and make a project happen more effectively than anyone in film. The man is self-financed, he doesn't need to make an animated Star Wars movie, the teet has been milked.

What particularly galls me is this comment:
It's just a movie. Just like the other movies. You probably have fond memories of the other movies. But if you went back and looked at them, they might not hold up the same way your memory holds up.
Really George? "Other movies?" Let's see, let's consider some of the movies I've enjoyed when I was...oh I don't know...ten. Hmmm Mary Poppins, nope still great. The Godfather...sorry still a classic. The Sandlot, hits all the buttons just right. Back to the Future? Just saw that at a revival theater with an overjoyed audience. Worked for every single person in the theater no matter what age. What about Raiders of the Lost Ark, you know, the first Indiana Jones movie? Oh right, sill the greatest action film of all time. Now maybe I've been a bit selective in picking my films, but the movies I like are still largely the movies I liked because they were good. George Lucas can put out ll the theories about fan reaction he likes but comments like these are pretty frustrating. A director and especially a producer (which Lucas is serving as in this film) has to be the biggest cheerleader for his film, but Lucas is acting like the boat is sinking before it's even left the dock. Most filmmakers would kill for the level of enthusiasm that Indy has going for it, don't act like you've got a dud on your hands. I hardly think Jon Favreau is telling the press Iron Man isn't worth getting excited about.

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