Over at Toasted Cheese, there’s this wonderful community of writers as well as a wonderful place to explore the world of writing. They publish a quarterly literary e-zine. They have daily writing prompts. Four writing contests during the course of each year. All sorts of forums and discussion topics, as well as places to post your writing efforts for critique and comment.
But even more important they have the Friday FUM, each and every Friday. FUM stands for Five Unmistakable Marks, five questions to be answered by any who care to join. (Hint: you should register at the site and start participating, if for no other reason than the FUM.) Typically, the questions revolve around writing, but there are always some variables thrown in.
Last Friday, the first question had to do with movies. Specifically, naming movies from the AFI’s Top 100 movies of all time that you had not seen. After I responded to the day’s questions, I also pointed out that there was absolutely no way that Star Wars should be considered the 13th greatest movie ever.
I would suggest instead that it should be considered one of the worst movies ever. How could this be, you might be asking yourself? I know that Trent Lewin at the very moment that he read those words was probably tearing his hair out, threatening me with some type of force-driven evil involving a light saber. (I’m not worried. There is no force and light sabers aren’t real.)
Is it the horrible acting? No.
Is it the horrible dialogue? No.
Is it the fact that the story is nothing more than cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, but in space? No.
Is it a combination of all those things and more? Yes. And most definitely more.
The fourth reason and the one that makes it the worst movie ever was how the film’s makers used technology to do so much in the film and how that technology has taken over so much of film-making today. Nothing is real in the movies anymore. Yes, I know, I know. That’s kind of the point with most movies. They are fiction. They are an escape. So, yes, “real” doesn’t necessarily mean real in the movies.
I also get that a lot of the technology used in Star Wars had been around for some time before the movie was made. But what Star Wars did was significantly advance the use of the technology. Now, you never know if what you’re seeing on the screen is “real” and I hate that. Absolutely hate it.
So, why is Star Wars the worst movie ever … the acting sucks, the dialogue sucks, the story is one of the most basic stories there is but in space (oooh, aaaaah), and it has led to the technology-driven degradation of moviemaking.
Deliberate and discuss.