...His ideas were brilliant, but I think that the films were so clear in his own mind that he left out vital plot elements that made the films come off half-baked in many cases just because he didn't realize what was on the screen wouldn't be clear to the audience.
Interesting. I always thought that the more he explained the premise (primarily with all that political exposition in the prequels), the less charm the films had. In other words, I'd rather they allow for some gaps in the narrative if it means we mostly get fun interactions from the (original) core characters. Anyways, were I to rank the six films, it'd probably be something like this:
1) The Empire Strikes Back - 4 Stars-out-of-5
2) A New Hope - 3 1/2 Stars
3) Return of the Jedi - 3 1/2 Stars
4) Revenge of the Sith - 2 1/2 Stars
5) Attack of the Clones - 2 Stars
6) The Phantom Menace - 2 Stars
I fully expect the new one to rank at least third or fourth with me.
Some speculation on the new one: I think Rey (female co-lead) and/or Kylo Ren (villain) will prove to be Luke Skywalker's kid(s). Though the structure of TFA will probably most resemble A New Hope, you've got to figure they'll incorporate some notable elements of the other two Original Trilogy films into the mix. I also think they'll probably kill one of the original three characters (Luke, Leia, or Han) in the second installment, but they won't do it with the first one, because they won't risk upsetting the hardcore fans too early.
Anyways, though it's not a reflection of the actual quality of the film, I'll be curious to see if this earns more money than Avatar. You'd think it'd have the same level of international appeal, plus it has a built-in audience of nearly 40 years, but we'll have to see how it all shakes out. Might not set the opening weekend record, though, as December releases often don't perform as well in that regard. Avatar only opened at $75 million, and the December record is, I believe, $84 million, set by the first Hobbit movie. Jurassic World topped the first Avengers this past summer with $208 million (!)
On a side note, I heard that Disney is pressuring the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood to put Stars Wars on the screen instead of the 70mm Roadshow version of The Hateful Eight (which is contracted to be there, beginning December 25th), or they'll pull The Force Awakens from the entire ArcLight chain. What a bully tactic that is. What, Disney, you don't have enough screens, so you've got to take one of the few that can actually offer 70mm film projection to accommodate that film?
Edited by J.C., 16 December 2015 - 11:30 PM.