Originally Posted by Dave Mack
I know it probably WON'T happen but I really wouldn't mind if Lucas trimmed down a lot of the "YIPPEE'S" and fart jokes and Jar Jar slapstick in Ep. I. Ep. II was okay, (some of the love rompiness was painful though) but I could live with it. I REALLY liked Ep. III but watching Ep. I always feels like a chore the way it is. Like holidays at the in-laws.... Something you HAVE to do because it's family. There are some fun moments but you're always looking at the watch...
I actually think that Ep I was in many ways unfairly over-maligned (and by some critics over certain things in truly ridiculous ways), that said certain bits of dialogue was really hideous and went against everything that made ANH great.
Lucas always said he didn't quite know why the original ANH took off in the way it did and what it iwas about it vs. other fantasy sci-fi of the day. And whne people complain about some really kiddish stuff he is like people forget the original ANH was for kids too and we always had burping frogs and little jawas and stuff.
Well part of it why ANH was so much better than others of the day was that it always tried to be real and didn't use silly calcuated gimmics or things written strictly AT kids. It was more like an old-time fairy tale in that respect.
He was probably young enough then to know how to write a story for all ages without writing at young kids or for his own young kid. Often the greatest children's classics are the ones not written AT children in an overly calculated way.
Yes, the originals had burpring frogs and cute jawas and stuff BUT they didn't have slug gangsters like Jabba using cartoons, very unrealistically, for their personal band (see ROTJ:SE, where the new band was specifically written to appeal to children and doesn't at all really fit to what a character like Jabba would likely have had in there). Or getting to the Phantom Menace, even keeping Jar Jar in, there are a number of lines that just need to go like when they go to the underworld gungan city and the supposedly tough guy guards say "yousa in deep doo-doo this time jah-jah". Come on how you can use baby talk for some rough and tough guards. That is poorly writing directly at young children and not writing a good story for kids (of all ages). That is exactly the sort of thing that ANH never did and a large part of the reason why it was so much better than other attempts of the day.
In the originals he always carefully crafter alien languages, etc. which while he did in many cases for TPM he also sometimes got away from and sometimes stuck in suddenly very fake sounding alien languages using noises that sounded vaguely like cutesy english.
Just removing a few scattered such instances of ridiculous lines or fake-up alien dialects like that across the prequels, most especially in TPM, I think could improve the film greatly alone.
Those changes would be mild enough that I think one could reasonably ask they be done and shouldn't cause Lucas too much discomfort, that said, i doubt he would ever remove the "deep doo-doo" line and few others like it. I can pretty easily just shut off my ears for a second and forget it but many others can't and i'm sure just a fewlines greatly built the antipathy towards TPM.
I can understand some of the playfulness of TPM, some of the critics didn't get what TPM was supposed to be about and how it was also setting up later contrast, etc. that said "yousa in deep doo-doo", especially when said by supoedly tough characters, is not child-like wonder and awe and playfulness but simply very poor, misguided 'children's' writing. And some of the antics during the final ground battle were a bit overdone for the mood.
The final space battle in ANH was it as exciting as in the other films or as well staged? not really but then TPM was not the proper place for such a battle so it kind of made sense as is, just need to realize that TPM really is NOT a standalone movie but just the intro chapter or prologue to a movie.