Originally Posted by skoolpsyk
I'm in the episode III > VI camp.
Interesting article in the LA Times today where Gary Kurtz discusses VI:
“We had an outline and George changed everything in it," Kurtz said. “Instead of bittersweet and poignant he wanted a euphoric ending with everybody happy. The original idea was that they would recover [the kidnapped] Han Solo in the early part of the story and that he would then die in the middle part of the film in a raid on an Imperial base. George then decided he didn’t want any of the principals killed. By that time there were really big toy sales and that was a reason.”
The discussed ending of the film that Kurtz favored presented the rebel forces in tatters, Leia grappling with her new duties as queen and Luke walking off alone “like Clint Eastwood in the spaghetti westerns,” as Kurtz put it.
Kurtz said that ending would have been a more emotionally nuanced finale to an epic adventure than the forest celebration of the Ewoks that essentially ended the trilogy with a teddy bear luau.
He was especially disdainful of the Lucas idea of a second Death Star, which he felt would be too derivative of the 1977 film. “So we agreed that I should probably leave.”
Teddy Bear Luau.... Love it.
And in the SW universe when we first saw The Empire, Stormtroopers and Vader they were pretty damned fierce and frightening, especially in the Rebel Blockade Runner sequence. Empre Strikes Back continued the Vibe. But by the end of Jedi it was all zany hi-jinks like a Three Stooges/Scooby Doo episode. And Boba Fett, the super feared bounty hunter dies by accident? Sorry but except for the Luke/Vader/Emperor scenes, ROTJ just blew it imho. nub nub indeed.....
The only people who look into it are Hamill and McDiarmid. Ford is bored out of his mind and it shows. Fisher is stoned out of her mind and it shows. Yoda is in it for all of what, two minutes. Guinness seems to have filmed his scenes on another continent. Even James Earl Jones' line readings as Vader sound dull and bored.
ARGH! The more I think about it just irks me. STAR WARS was exciting, groundbreaking moviemaking. EMPIRE took the universe, expanded it and actually made a better film. JEDI just turned into a dopey saturday morning cartoon.