George Lucas, where do we begin? Mr. Lucas managed to bring us in with unbelievable story telling years before it’s time and brought us five more films that took us all to a galaxy far far away, but should he be bringing the x-wings off the screen? Star Wars is a staple of American film making and story telling, and while no one will argue that the series has lost its’ relevance to society, (a walk through Toys R Us will tell all it hasn’t) shouldn’t we let what was special the first time around be the mainstay of such a great film franchise? Here are five reasons why George shouldn’t, but is already going to , redo his movies in 3D.
1. Low Budget Made Episode IV Great: nothing fancy about this movie, people in hot suits in the middle of the dessert, ideas twenty years ahead of their time, and enough care taken to make it all come off perfectly. Episode V and VI followed in similar veins, all three bringing groundbreaking special effects to the screen, why would anyone want to replace our old memories with a couple of hours in clunky glasses?
2. George Couldn’t Pull it Off With a Billion Dollars and a Great Cast: As any true fan knows, while there was a great story underneath, there was still something missing in episodes I, II, and III. The cast was better known, by far, and the budget was unimaginable, but something was missing, perhaps some of the old time magic just can’t be bought? Mr. Lucas would have done well to learn that lesson, but on the back of Avatar’s 3D success, I’m sure executive wallets have filled brains with thoughts of full theaters and left quality behind in favor of technology.
3. The Score Says it all: John Williams anyone? Lucas took the road less traveled by going symphonic in his Star Wars trilogies and gave an experience by moving viewers with sentiment and classical composure that almost any American can pick out and name. Is there anyway that 3D glasses top that?
4. Does Anyone want to See Jar Jar in 3D?: Jabba was classic, Boba, a new kind of bounty hunter, but Jar Jar? Does anyone really want to go back down that road?
It’s too late by now, Mr. Lucas has already started the chain reaction set to release in 2012, but shouldn’t some things be left in the past, even if just for the nostalgia of the generation that made Star Wars into a global phenomena and not just a cult classic? Avatar may be the highest grossing film of all time, but that’s no reason for a franchise with countless books, spin-offs, toys, lunchboxes and global conventions to feel threatened…