Originally Posted by sog35
The part you dont understand is the visuals and special effects are part of the storytelling. You are saying if you strip off the special effects and visuals Starwars is just a movie about black/white cardboard characters. Thats like saying a Ferrari isn't that fast once you take out the engine. The whole point is Lucas revolutionized storytelling with visuals in Starwars. The opening scene with the Star Destroyer is one of the most important and ground breaking scenes in cinema and story telling
I just said the same thing, and I understand story-telling/movie-making better than you'd ever know. And I agree with ClosetGeek
that the musical score is also a big part of SWs' success.
Bottom line is Lucas has created a story like no other with Starwars. What other storyteller has his stories talked about and even receited WORD for WORD almost 40 years later? Did you notice in last years Superbowl there was a commercial with Darth Vader in it? Do you think we will have a Harry Potter commercial in the Superbowl 40 years from now? Of course not. What other book or story is worth $4 Billion? What other story sold more movies, toys, videogames, and books? There are only a handful of stories that have had such a cultural impact like Starwars in its time. Denying that Lucas is one of the greatest storytellers of the 20th Century is being dishonest.
If you check the other thread here at AVS, you'd see where I posted that 4BiL seems like a low-ball figure for the franchise. You also missed where I said I'd buy the unaltered originals if ever released. But I didn't miss where you changed your mantra; you went from GL being the "greatest" to "one of the greatest" story tellers.
And if anyone wants to crap on Star Trek
, no problem. I won't wet my pants.