The Star Wars sequel trilogy failed to win the hearts of all fans. The hatred towards them and their characters is still very present. There are fans who certainly do not want to see Rey or Finn or any other character again, much less see more stories that expand their adventures. The same cannot be said for The Mandalorian – 91%. Mando and Grogu won over the fans immediately. Disney got it right in every area with this original Disney Plus series.
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Before they existed, the most hated movies were those in the sequel trilogy. Today there is debate as to which of them is most hated. There are those who are going to lean towards one or the other and who are going to think that both suck for their own reasons. There are also those who will think that, in reality, the worst of all is Han Solo: A Star Wars Story – 56%. That one even worked a miracle in a bad way. It was the first Star Wars movie to fail at the box office. That translates to that killing off any possible sequels or spinoff projects to Han Solo’s youthful adventures. It is likely that this was the reason why films focused on the past of iconic Star Wars characters were not produced. Now those kinds of projects are taking shape as Disney Plus series.
Going back to the prequels, there is a person involved in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope – 93% and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – 80% who were devastated when they saw Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – 80%. Who are we talking about? From the movie editor Marcia lucas. In these days the posthumous book of the cinematographic historian came out JW Rinzler called Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life. In it comes an interview with George Lucas’s ex-wife in which she revealed precisely that the film impacted her so badly that she had nothing left to do but cry. Here his words:
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George is, in his heart and soul, a good guy and a talented filmmaker. I wish he had kept leading [otros tipos de] films. But when I went to see Episode I – I had a friend who worked at ILM, who took me as a guest to a preview – I remember going out to the parking lot, sitting in my car and crying. I cried.
In that same book it is mentioned that he did not like the movie at all for multiple reasons. One of which was that he feels Lucas smashed his own story machine and the excess of CGI.
The reality is that she is not the only one who was disappointed when the practical effects of Star Wars were exchanged for computer effects. Ewan McGregor, in the video series of Variety Actors on Actors, revealed that acting with Yoda’s puppet was wonderful, but can’t say the same for the CGI version. For him, that was no longer Yoda:
In the first movie that I made [de Star Wars] I was lucky to be able to do my scenes with Yoda’s puppet. And that was extraordinary, because she acted with him. He couldn’t believe he was acting with Yoda. There were a lot of people driving it and the stage was raised so that they were under the floor and then we would walk side by side and he was alive. So every time George said short, Yoda died because everyone just stopped. It was somewhat disturbing every time the end of the scene came. So they replaced it with a digital version for the second and third movies, and it wasn’t as endearing anymore. Also, we knew Yoda as a puppet. We knew him from the first movies as a puppet. So when all of a sudden it was CGI, it didn’t feel like Yoda to me anymore. It’s interesting that they decided to use a real puppet again for your series.
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