July 3rd, 2005
|12:47 pm - let's have some fun with our old pal Hindsight|
Not sure if you caught this one or not, but here goes:
It's quite easy to see George Lucas is a talented man with a most extraordinary imagination and talent...Sound even slightly familiar? Think it rings startlingly true today? Well, it's a 1968 assessment by a studio script reader of Lucas' student film, THX-1138 ("The film, at six minutes length, is three minutes too long.")
There is one main fault in his script and it also happens to be the main fault of the film ... And that is he broke the number one Rule of Thumb in creating Anything. To wit...his works are both, eventually, deathly boring.
Despite the clever gimmicks and bright colors and endless series of meaningful numbers and messages ... the redundancy and boredom which sets in soon numbs any original bright notions he may have created.
plus que ca change...
And Doctor Zhivago left everyone rivited?
Besides, it's the redundancy and boredom Lucas portrays in 1138 that give the future world its eerie comfortably numb quality. You're supposed to take your pills and like it and live out your pesky half-baked existence without so much as a thought to the contrary.
I should point out at this juncture that I actually did like THX 1138. But the old version, not the new CGI-enhanced cut.
He re-did 1138???!!?!?!?!?!?!!!?!?!?interrobang?!?!?!?
When did this happen?