Discussion in 'Star Wars: Episode VII and Beyond' started by Jabbadabbado, Nov 1, 2012.
Yeah they come out with a Gungan, like Jar Jar as a child
There was no Han Solo-type character in the PT, no-one had the sort of dialogue he had. The relationships they had were better too, you could buy into Han & Leia's relationship but not Anakin & Padme because it was stiffly acted and badly written.
The OT has long sections (especially in ESB) where there is little action, the PT had little of that and what it then did have got boring.
The PT isn't bad, I like it. But it's got nothing on the OT and the new films should be more like the originals were
I have given a name to my pain, and it is Jar Jar. Try not to overthink when creating new characters.
I was just wondering if you were a writer or in the movie business.
The acting in Star Wars is SO bad that people who only watch action-figure movies think the acting in TESB is good. It really isn't. Serious actors find it painful to watch. I only have anecdotal evidence for that, but guys, the acting in these movies was never meant to be good.
And there WAS a Han Solo in the prequels, with similar dialogue.
"I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to convince me that there's some all-powerful Force controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls my destiny."
"Oooh. Maxi big, da Force! Well that smells stinkowhiff!"
OK, a bit of an anti-Solo. But he's there. What, Anakin wasn't enough of a rogue for you?
I think in way Obi-Wan in Episode II was the most like the Han Solo character: wisecracking (or more so than the other characters), adventurous, a little cynical and fun (when not around Anakin). For me he and Dooku were the saving grace of Attack of the Clones.
So your complaint is that Lucas did something original and did not create a Han Solo-type character with the same personality?
I don't agree that the Anakin/Padme romance was "stiffly acted and badly written". Anakin had emotional problems having spent his life as either a slave or under strict Jedi rules - he just didn't know how to behave or act. I'm not really explaining myself well here (not being a writer) but Christensen portrayed him nicely as a spoilt petulant brat. A young man who can interact with society doesn't become Vader.
I don't know what you mean by "The OT has long sections (especially in ESB) where there is little action, the PT had little of that and what it then did have got boring."
I disagree that any of the acting is bad, but you are correct that the PT haters always claim it was superior in the OT.
Which it wasn't.
It has been said plenty of times that Lucas picked actors with personalities similar to his characters - so many of them didn't need to act.
Watch a few interviews with Liam Neeson and you'll see he is a lot like Qui-Gonn. Harrison Ford has the same snarky personality of Solo. Billy Dee Williams oozes charm.
Yet whenever I mention this to haters they seem to either not respond or change the subject.
Wow, I haven't been on this forum for about 7 years!
Anyway, the potential new trilogy has brought me back. Hopefully it isn't a mess like the PT was. I don't like the fact that many people on here have used the Avengers as a yardstick for the new films. I thought it was one of the most boring movie-going experiences I've ever had.
The ST needs to return to the roots of the OT. Epic storyline, properly planned out, not rushed and poorly executed like the PT. at least the new ones should have much better dialogue and human interaction seeing as Lucas won't be penning them. I'd just like the production team to take their inspiration for the tone of TESB and the Vader/Emperor/Luke scenes in ROTJ- serious and interesting and very comic book in feeling. TPM in particular set the target age far too low in my opinion - the whole film was an obvious marketing campaign for the new range of Star Wars toys available at the time.
Agreed - for example, Charlie Sheen didn't need to try for his role on Two and a Half Men because he IS Charlie Harper.
I think that the OT roles may have been easier in themselves to portray - many fairly one-dimensional characters, straighforward throughout.
Yes, Star Wars isn't meant to be Shakespeare (whatever that means - sometimes even Shakespeare wasn't Shakespeare)
Star Wars is about fantasy, adventure, metal bikinis, aliens, starships and hairy Wookies.
Yes. Star Wars is many things. Entertainment first.
I didn't say there should have been an exact copy of Han Solo in the PT, but the wise-ass arrogant guy who is the foil for the selfless hero was lacking.
Anakin fills the Luke role in the PT, Obi Wan fills his own position & Padme is in the Leia spot. Where was the Han?
The closest thing we got in the PT was Qui Gon, he was rebellious but still a Jedi.
That's the thing, there was no room for a main character with Han Solo's personality. At different times, various supporting characters performed the "make fun of the Force" part: Jar-Jar, Watto, Dex, even Qui-Gon.
There is room if you make room, if Lucas was a creative-enough writer he could have filled the glaring Han Solo-sized gap with a good character.
Dex & Jar Jar were novelty characters put in to sell toys, and one was barely in the movies at all.
I can't believe people are trying to defend the acting in the prequels *shakes head*
Exactly, it's a visual story (that's why kids love it - they don't care about the quality of scripts and acting). Even in ESB, it's adequate at best. On the other hand, even in the prequels, it's not really worse than most other blockbusters. As long as it doesn't descend into the "too painful" territory (parts of ROTJ and AOTC) , I'm ok with that.
They called it John Carter instead of John Carter of Mars because they were afraid girls wouldn't go see it.
That and because previous movies they had made with Mars in the title were flops. Irony is of course that John Carter was still a flop anyway
really? i thought that was one of the primary functions of characters like neo, john conner, johnny rico, luke skywalker, peter parker, bruce wayne, etc, etc, etc.
also: can't tell if trolling
The only thing Dex made fun of was the Temple archive droids.
Yeah, and then fans wouldn't stop complaining about how this new character is so not cool compared to our good ol' Han. I wouldn't mind seeing some down-to-earth character (non-Jedi and non-Senator), but a clone of Han Solo is not a good idea.
Nothing screams "buy my toy, kids" quite like a greasy proprietor of a 50s diner.
Exactly. Dash Rendar was this, and it was boring and kind of insulting.
In my opinion some examples of bad acting in the PT
Obi Wan- The negotiations were short
Anakin- I was wondering what are...
Obi Wan- hmm hmmm hmmm (elevator going to see Padme first time)
Padme- If you follow your thoughts through to conclusion they will take to a place we can not go
Padme- pulling away from the first kiss
Padme/Anakin- sound of music scene
Palpatine- I will name you Lord..... wobbles mouth a lot.... Vader
Palpatine- lightsaber fight waving saber around like he's blind
In my opinion some examples of great acting in the PT
Obi Wan- ready to fight Darth Maul after the death of Qui Gon
Qui Gon- credits will do fine (smile)
Obi Wan- good job
Dooku- Obi Wan integration scene
Anakin- sand people confession scene
Palpatine- Opera scene
Palpatine- coming out of the Sith closet
Obi Wan- I loved you