As we all know, the Star Wars prequel trilogy was intensely disliked by many fans, who immediately became former fans or just plain embittered fans. They're in good company. It turns out that Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back producer Gary Kurtz officially dislikes it, too.
Kurtz was interviewed for the documentary The People vs. George Lucas about Star Wars fans and their love/hate relationship with all things in Lucas' galaxy far, far away. The DVD will be available on Oct. 24, and to gear up for the release, Lionsgate has released a (sadly unembeddable) snippet of Kurtz to New York Magazine, which appears on the DVD extras.
Kurtz is either too polite, too politic or too long in Hollywood to blast the newer trilogy outright. But we all know what he means when he says the following:
Well, the new Star Wars sequels, all of them, I have trouble with them on several different levels. I think that technologically they're terrific, they look great, but I'm not a big fan of the stories. And also I'm not sure that it fits together with the original. This is another big argument between fans. Some of the fans like them a lot and think that they all fit together fine, and others don't. I'm actually in the second camp.
I think there are lots of great moments in all three of the recent sequels but I just wish that the stories would have had a little stronger character development, a little more substance. But they're all very popular, and they fit that kind of Raiders of the Lost Ark mold, which is a lot of action and held together by story threads that work on the surface.
But if you had other filmmakers making them, you'd get a different version of those, so it's all down to the style that you want to put in to that.
Want more? You don't have to wait that long week: You can rent it now on YouTube ($3.99 for 24 hours) ... but it's likely that you won't get the DVD extras.
Note: We suspect that this documentary may owe some of its ideas from the 2006 nonfiction book Star Wars on Trial, edited by authors David Brin and Matthew Stover.