Star Wars geekery

All this talk about how "dark and disturbing" the third prequel is going to blow up in George Lucas' face. I'm sure he's a smart guy, but he needs to learn a thing or two about raising expectations - the people that are most excited to see this movie aren't the eight year-olds who really might think Episode III is dark or disturbing - they're 25-30 year-olds who have already seen - gasp! - R-rated movies and aren't likely to be disturbed by anything that's only rated PG-13. These guys are going to believe the hype, go to the movie with high expectations (because, although they've been disappointed by Lucas in the past, they really, really, really want to believe in the franchise), and be disappointed when they don't get soul-wrenching, ultra-violent scenes of brother-on-brother genocide.
[Entertainment News]: New York, Mar 12 : "Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith" will be dark and disturbing and may warrant for parental guidance for the first time since the series began nearly 30 years ago, revealed director George Lucas.

The film, which opens in May, "is much more dark ... more emotional. It's much more of a tragedy," he added.

Lucas explained that Anakin Skywalker's transformation from cute good guy into the evil Darth Vader features a scene that could scare little kids.

Landing on a volcano-ridden planet called Mustafar, Skywalker makes "a pact with the devil," he says. "The lava at the end ... it ends in hell." (ANI)

1 comment:

Mister Vertigo said...

I agree. He is setting the expectations to high. I think the important part of this to remember is this:

"Lucas explained that Anakin Skywalker's transformation from cute good guy into the evil Darth Vader features a scene that could scare little kids."

I'm a Star Wars geek myself, and I'm very much looking forward to this movie. I'm excited because they are saying it's darker and emotional. However, I understand that it's PG-13, not R. It's gonna be darker and more emotional than the other Star Wars films, not the latest R rated drama out there.

Unfortunately, people are gonna forget about the "scare little kids" part and criticize it anyway. Oh well...