Originally Posted by E,TF
Star Wars was great because it implied a whole world and history without trying to explain it - it left room for viewers' imaginations to fill in all the blanks (especially good for kids as most of us were when we first saw it). Science fiction and fantasy does this all the time - it's an easy way of seeming profound. Prequels are often therefore disappointing because they explain all the backstory, closing down the space previously inhabited by whatever you'd imagined. It's much more fun thinking of Jedis as some mysterious ancient underground cult than as some smug gubernatorial committee. Plus there's also the nagging feeling that lazy rich producers are just trying to gouge some more money out of their fans by raping their childhoods.
On this score I think Prometheus did ok precisely because it didn't actually explain much. The script was still pretty crappy though.
I agree with your overall point, that this type of film usually succeeds best when it leaves more to the imagination - the original Alien is a perfect example of this. Almost nothing of the situation is explained along the way - some of it is shown (such as the fact that they are space truckers on their way home from a mission), while much more is left unsaid and unexplained - the Space Jockey, for example.
However, you're wrong about Prometheus, as it completely failed to do this. The entire first act is exposition setting up what is to come, and using many ludicrous plot devices (the "star map", the mission briefing & hologram, etc.
Originally Posted by whnay.
Originally Posted by JapanAlex01
Read my edited post.
Don't get me wrong, Star Wars: Episode IV and V are on my 100 Greatest Films of All Time list, and Episode I isn't, but it's still a good
film. Frankly, people who say otherwise are, either, a. disappointed and stubbornly ignorant, or b. don't know what makes a good film. Neither is a problem, but both should be admissible.
You don't have to be a geeked out SW fan boy to think that Jar Jar Binks is the worst character in a film, ever, Natalie Portman was a robot and Liam Neeson's beard looked like something out of a 6th grade Moses play.
The scene when Natalie Portman jumped out of an airship, rolled down a sand dune and stood up was so ridiculously wooden that the entire theater cracked up when I saw it.
Alex, I love how you set this up so that anyone who disagrees with you is either a) stubbornly ignorant or b) don't know what makes a good film (I'm not sure how these two are different, actually). I think that you are the idiot here, not the people who are disagreeing with you. What do you say to that?