Hmm. I'm not sure if I've seen this latest trailer so I'll not comment on what I think about AOTC, but I do want to comment on TPM a little. I watched it a couple of times in the cinema, first time to get the storyline and second more with a view to going "coo" at the effects. I actually quite liked it - although it's somewhat naive, those not familiar with the books would probably pick up a great deal of back plot for the origins of the Death Star in the first movie. Listen to the discussion about the senate being disbanded, for example, in the Death Star ready room.But my main point about TPM is that we're not the generation it was aimed at. As I was sat waiting for one of the showings, a kid came into the cinema dressed up as Obi Wan. I kid you not. Complete with the (wrong colour) light sabre. It was about then that I realised - TPM was for the kids of this generation. We were bound to have "issues" with it because it'll never have the same impact on us as adults as the originals did when our imaginations were going nineteen to the dozen.I think that came across in the reviews as well, because the critics were all muttering about how it wasn't as good as the first three - but they're adults too, of course. I'd agree that TPM isn't as "gritty" as the originals - but that may be intentional in part because the Senate is only just starting to lose it. I anticipate things getting darker as we go on, and obviously the foundations for that were laid in TPM. But I think it probably had to stay light at first to bring the new audience in - the existing audience was just a bonus for Lucas.BTW, there're some great TPM references in the second series of Spaced (see SFXB for an ad!) in which the main character Tim has quite a few issues with Lucas!
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