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Yes, I loved the original Star Wars (the first one before it was Episode IV). And, yes, I thought, The Empire Strikes Back was a masterful work of filmmaking. However, my love for the Star Wars universe began to subside with Return of the Jedi. My anticipation for the prequels, was immense, and my disappointment greater.
Here is a list of 6 things I abhor about the Star Wars universe.
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Keeping it simple, the Ewoks, as cute as they may be, are one of the worst things about any of the movies in the franchise.
They add a light-hearted feel to what should have a more of a Saving Private Ryan-esque sensation to the final battle sequence.
Lucas bounced back and forth between violence and cuteness and never found a balance. In my memory, I recall Ewoks getting crushed by Imperial walkers. When I watch the movie now, I do not see this happening.
Did it happen? Or was it just wishful thinking that the Ewoks could be stamped out of Star Wars existence.
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“Without the midi-chlorians, life could not exist, and we would have no knowledge of the force … when you learn to quiet your mind, you’ll hear them speaking to you,” notes Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace in one of the worst bits of dialogue explaining one of the most useless pieces of exposition in modern cinema.
All discussions with the midi-chlorians reinforce the inane dialogue Lucas gave his actors to verbally vomit with total seriousness.
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So far, all incarnations of the lighter side of Darth Vader have been a disappointment.
The character development is nonsensical, and all actor portrayals thus far have been mediocre at best.
Even the old man Anakin in Return of the Jedi was disappointing. I wanted to see a bad-ass, not a middle-aged dude who didn’t look remotely Jedi-esque! And, of course, Lucas even removed this guy from new releases of Return replacing him with Hayden Christensen!
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Three great actors who were not allowed to act. Part of the appeal of the original Star Wars was that Lucas let his actors overact.
In the prequels, however, Lucas contains them with near-career killing performances.
Portman has even publicly noted that following the prequels, it was assumed the actress could no longer act and it was then difficult to get roles.
In the 1977 movie, the dialogue is (at least seems to be) intentionally corny and the actors were allowed to have fun with the silliness. However, by the time the prequels came out, the dialogue was self-indulgent mumbo jumbo that quelled the actors and flattened the movies.
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Unforgivable lines of Lucas-isms:
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Selling LucasFilms was the best move the auteur could have made. He created a perfect mythology with Star Wars then tore it apart with each successive film.
Outside of Star Wars and American Graffiti, Lucas has not actually shown any ability to tell much of a story with his direction.
Yes, the beast should top any list, but he was so beyond awful, he couldn't even make this list. But here, to appease the universal (mine included) hate for Jar-Jar:
The Death of Jar-Jar Binks ...
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