Originally posted by: Darth_Evil
...George couldn't ever decide what his audience was, so he just wrote what felt good and was done with it. TPM was a huge mess because we had Jar-Jar's antics on one side, and Qui Gon and Obi-Wan's chats and duels on the other side. AOTC felt like he was catering to women who like chick flicks for most of it, and then near the end switched to action loving eight year olds. And ROTS was for action loving kids for much of it....for people who like chick flicks...and for whoever likes Jar-Jar he gave a nod to.
Originally posted by: COOriginally posted by: SpecialEditionSaboteur
I honestly think Lucas changed once he was the ruler of Skywalker Ranch, and everything went from his vision to $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. If you look at THX-1138, American Grafitti, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and ESB which he didn't direct, they were all films where he took a chance, and didn't worry about putting little kiddies in the theaters to pad the gross box office...
...Success was a double edged sword, we got classics like SW & ESB that are still great today, but then we get duds like ROTJ, The SE, and the PT, and more TV show crap on the way, which takes no chances, but is just another ploy to make more money to feed Lucas's empire. We created the monster, now we are paying for it.
...I'm against a director or any single person have complete control over the entire movie. Lets face it, as great as some directors are (Kubrick, Lynch, etc..) they are never exempt from making artistic misjudgments. That's why they need producers, editors, writers, etc.. to keep them in check and make sure they deliver a product thats acceptable by the masses. The OOT was a collaborative effort, while the PT was just one man telling everyone else what to do. In the end it = crap.