I started watching the Star Wars blu-ray anthology tonight. I have every intention of enjoying the whole thing, all six movies; even the dumb parts. Spoiler: They’re all dumb parts. Especially the part where a knighted actor uses magical space powers to fight a robo-samurai with his laser sword.
Come on, guys, the original Star Wars flicks were high-concept camp. We only fell in love with them because they displayed such earnest conviction behind their nonsense. The prequel trilogy really was a fitting successor to the old movies, except that the earnest conviction motivating them was the belief that money is awesome and that it would be really awesome to put as much of it as possible into George Lucas’ bank account. A parable for our modern age, really.
If I have a complaint about the changes Lucas inflicted on this version of the films — which admittedly I haven’t gotten to yet, being only about midway through Episode I — it’s that LucasFilm focused so much effort on trivial nonsense rather than touching up more glaring things. Like the fact that Episode I‘s computer-generated visuals look really obvious and terrible in high definition. Any scene with Jar-Jar Binks now looks as blatantly composited as any matte shot from the old films, and I love the bits where dudes walk across digital sets without casting shadows on the ground.
But that, too, has its charm: Now all six movies look equally hokey. Time and technology are the great equalizers.