@whistlewright @lnxw48a1 if you don't care about the characters, and/ or you don't find the idea of a rebellion against a fascist Empire compelling, and/or you don't find the idea of having to defeat the dark side of yourself before you can defeat the fascists without becoming one (or something worse) then *shrug* you're not going to enjoy #StarWars. No big deal. But some of us love it, and we care about the stories being told well, and the character arcs being respected.
@whistlewright @lnxw48a1 oh and d) effects that don't make the film look like someone else playing a video game and making you watch, and e) a director that knows how to direct actors. Lucas got some of the best actors in the business, and somehow managed to draw out some of the worst acting of their careers. In contrast, JJ Abrams took a bunch of unknowns (and Harrison Ford), and managed to put compelling performances on the screen.
@whistlewright @lnxw48a1 Here's an exercise; watch the first 5 minutes of each film. Do you know who the heroes are? Who the villains are? What's at stake? Did it involve boring exposition over a cup of tea, or compelling action that pulled you right into the universe? Yes, I'm obsessive about this shit. I'm also a writer (see: https://strypey.dreamwidth.org/), and I'm intrigued by what does and doesn't work in narrative.
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