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27 May 2005 @ 09:05 am
The original trilogy is fucking awesome  
You know what I am sick of hearing?
"The original Star Wars trilogy was good for its time."
The suggestion I hear time and again is that the only reason that people are so fond of it is because of nostalgia.

That is complete and utter bullshit.

I have very fond memories of the cartoon series Muppet Babies.
It was one of my favourite cartoons as a kid, and nostalgia led me to hold on to the belief that it was a brilliant cartoon.
So, when I got the opportunity to watch it, I was very excited.

It sucked.

My nostalgia for this cartoon was certainly not enough for me to enjoy watching it today.

Yet, somehow, I still enjoy watching Star Wars.

Another reason why "good for its time" must be bullshit is that I was born in 1981.
How the fuck is nostalgia meant to be the carrying force behind my love for a movie that was made in 1977?
I wasn't even conceived.

In fact I didn't even get into Star Wars until some time around the early 90s.
And by that stage it was a different time altogether, yet somehow Star Wars was still good by comparison.

No, the original trilogy is simply a brilliant series of films.
Pure entertainment that is absolutely timeless.

When I sit down to watch the original trilogy, I appreciate it for what it is, not what it was.
 
 
 
Robet Éivaayvah on May 26th, 2005 11:56 pm (UTC)
It was great for its time, and good by modern standards. But you've still got some nostalgia. I think the nineties was a bit of a dry period as far as great cinema goes.


But eventually the time will come when people won't want to watch it anymore because the archaic special effects are too frustrating (which is one of the reasons they created the enhanced version).

The special effects in Star Wars were well executed so they'll last a while yet... But already I find a lot of older films slightly irritating just because drawn-on lightning looks so fake.
Jacobyak_boy on May 27th, 2005 12:24 am (UTC)
I have to disagree with you there.

The special effects in The Terminator (the original), look absolutely awful, but I still love that movie and continue to watch it and enjoy it for what it is.

As for the nineties, here is a short list of films from that decade, in no particular order:

American Beauty, Forrest Gump, L.A. Confidential, Philadelphia, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, The Silence of the Lambs, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Unforgiven, Fargo, Goodfellas, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Fight Club, Ed Wood, Trainspotting, The Usual Suspects, The Shawshank Redemption, Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Dark City, Léon (The Professional), Get Shorty and The Matrix.

The fucking Matrix for fuck's sake.
The 90s was not a cinematic dry period.
End of discussion.
Robet Éivaayvah on May 27th, 2005 12:36 am (UTC)
*shrugs* Maybe I just don't like the same kinds of movies as you. I found very few movies from the nineties to be superb... although some of those were pretty good. (And I must have forgotten that Terminator 2 was a nineties flick.)

The Matrix was good, but the sequels have kind of killed the franchise for me.


Although, I admit that I probably like the eighties more because I'm only seeing the highlights.
Jacobyak_boy on May 27th, 2005 12:49 am (UTC)
I'm very good at pretending certain sequels never existed.

Like Alien3, Highlander 2, Die Hard 2 and even some I was smart enough to avoid watching altogether, like Terminator 3 and Ocean's Twelve.

Although, I admit that I probably like the eighties more because I'm only seeing the highlights.

Every era has its turkeys.
Mikespunkart on May 27th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)
And the eighties is most definitely no exception. In fact, it's kind of an anti exception, a paragon of a turkey decade.
Jacobyak_boy on May 28th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
Maybe, but again, it has PLENTY of awesome films as well.
sjlsjl on May 27th, 2005 12:35 am (UTC)
Prime case of bad nostalgia: Fraggle Rock. Bought the DVD set from the UK, watched one episode, and promptly sold it on eBay.

Good nostalgia: the Muppet Show.
Jacobyak_boy on May 27th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
The Muppet Show rocks.

Muppets From Space is one of the funniest movies ever.
sjlsjl on May 27th, 2005 01:10 am (UTC)
Haven't seen that one yet. Wanted to get a few MS movies, but the main ones are now out of print. Poo.

Oh, well; at least I still have twelve episodes of the show on DVD.
Eliseephant on May 27th, 2005 08:23 am (UTC)
I too have fond memories of 'The Muppet Babies' particularly the Star Wars episode.

I agree with you about Star Wars being awesome regardless of the time too. I had never seen the original trilogy until the Special Edition came out in the mid 90s and they promptly became and have stayed some of my favourite movies ever.