I just got done talking about the man who was once the epitome of movie villany and coolness, Darth Vader and how his star took a hit after the prequels came out and I couldn't look at him the same way. Lets take a look at the series that started it all.
The three movies all have different stories but come together under the similar thread of a small and unequpied rebellion facing a tyranical empire with a young man learning a magical power to assist the rebels and a feared military leader on the empires side who wields similar powers for the purposes of evil and later makes it a point to capture and corrupt the young man. The first story, Star Wars set the story up. The Empire Strikes Back raised the stakes and strengthened the story lines for the payoff in Return of the Jedi where both sides geared up for what amounted to a winner takes all battle for the galaxy.
Was I entertained? YES. Even without an interest in seeing the movie in my preteen years, I happened across the first movie and was mezmorized by what I saw. I was taken with Empire Strikes Back and even Return of the Jedi with it's eye rollingly bad money makers in the Ewoks, I was entertained. There was action, laughs, sadness, drama and for the ONLY time in Star Wars, a believable romance that you also care about. All three movies, even Return of the Jedi for it's faults, fulfilled the hype.
These These movies are as mainstream as they get. The ENTIRE WORLD knows of them.
Heres where I must tell you this. If you must watch these, head to the swap meat or a used book or movie store and dust off the VCR cause the Special Editions are the only ones given any real treatment on DVD with the originals being culled from a laserdisc copy for it's only DVD release and it's an injustice to say the least as they suffer from washed out visuals and a muted sound. The Special Editions are intrusive, cram in cute garbage and unneeded scenes that hurt the movies. Even Empire which got off pretty easy forces footage from Return of the Jedi into it for a completely pointless sequence. Don't let a Lucas Apologist tell you otherwise.
For the original un-f**ked with versions, this collection gets a 5. It's a classic that everyone needs to see. Young and old alike. Timeless, classic, fun and action filled. No the movies are not known for acting and performances but it can slide. The characters in these movies aren't wooden and speaking in utility dialogue that is colorless and sexless, these AREN'T the prequels.
I wish after knowing what we know now with the prequels that they should have never been made and tarnish these original classic movies. Yes I did enjoy a couple of the prequels but as i've said they are not going to resonate in the long term as the original movies and they're stories are needlessly complex and poorly written, especially in comparison to the Original Trilogy. The original trilogy stood on it's own in three movies and much like the Wolverine movie I talked about, it's proof that some stories really aren't worth telling less they only lead to more audience apathy. I do know people who were diehard Star Wars fans who don't care about the series anymore just because of the new prequel movies, it's how much they're hated by some.
There really isn't anything else to say other then: May the Force be With You. And watch the original unaltered trilogy.
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