Hilarious Film Critique

This parody of a You Tube film review is one of the funniest things I have seen in some time. The “reviewer” tells us why The Phantom Menace is one of the worst movies ever made. And does a great of of it I might add. But the whole thing is a story inside a review. Check out all 7 parts.

Despite the fact that it’s satire, it actually has some excellent writing lessons, even if it’s in the form of a joke.

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  1. That a was brutal, but bang-on and very well done. The guy knows movie-making!
    Yeah, it’s amazing how Lucas made a couple of good movies (American Graffiti and Star Wars) and then has skated on his rep for the rest of his career.

  2. The illogical and stupidity of TPM defies belief and he really puts it all in perspective. I am curious who that guy is.

  3. Toren,

    I had a figure drawing instructor who’s marveled at Star Wars. He honestly thinks Lucas had the greatest luck of anybody in Hollywood. Look at what Lucas has produced since the mid-1980s! It’s mostly been forgettable, mediocre garbage.

    I’m tending to agree with that instructor more and more as time goes on.

    As has been said on this blog and other sites earlier, Lucas desperately needs good film editors and producers that know story and characterization. He has had NEITHER since the mid-1980s. He’s been surrounded by a bunch of yes-men, people too afraid to question him for fear of their jobs, and a bunch of fanboys-turned-technogeeks who are too much in awe of his legend.

    James/Hud,

    The problem I’ve had with the Prequels is that not only are they acted out by poorly-cast leads (exceptions being McGregor, McDiarmid, and Frank Oz) who don’t have a clue about their characters (Christensen and Portman are very wooden and unconvincing in their roles), it’s just that what unravels contradicts so much of what was established by the original trilogy. It completely demystifies the Force with midichlorians and other pseudo-science… We’re supposed to accept that half the stuff Obi-Wan told Luke were lies or “half-truths” and that the Jedi couldn’t see their most colorful knight was going to be their downfall.

    It’s idiotic script-writing. This is continuing onward with the Clone Wars CGI series and other spin-offs… Yet again, these characters are being written as completely different people than what we’ve seen in Episodes IV-VI. It’s boring as hell, too, once you get past the flashy saber fights, too. Just like the Prequels were.

    Will the real writer of the Original Star Wars Trilogy please stand up because it sure doesn’t appear to be George Lucas!?!??!

  4. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan were what made Empire as good as it was. I think Star Wars: A New Hope was a happy accident. Gary Kurtz reined in Lucas and the result was good. But even then, I remember when I saw it. I was 20 at the time. And I had heard all the hype for months because I was in England when it came out so I didn’t get to see it till I got back to the states months later. I was not blown away at all. I thought the dialog was terrible, the acting stunk. I loved the FX and all. but I hated Carrie Fisher. I thought she was obnoxious and unpleasant. I thought the sets in the Death Star made no sense at all. And the audience really annoyed me because they had all seen it and were acting like Rocky Horror fans acting out each scene.

    So I never got Star Wars. I grew to like it better than my first impression but I was never a fan. And this is from someone who was a HUGE SF geek back then. I read like 2 SF books a week.

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