Science Fiction Filmmaking Has Been Reduced by Star Wars to Poorly Written Special Effects Extravaganzas
John G. Hemry‘s thoughts on Star Wars’ impact on filmmaking can be easily summed up by the title of his essay, “Millions for Special Effects, Not One Cent for Writers.” In particular, Hemry attacks the prequel trilogy, alleging that through all the “wooden acting and clichéd dialogue” the only thing that holds the audience’s interest is special effects.
Bruce Bethke counters that after Star Wars was released in 1977 “science fiction experienced a great renaissance” and the genre finally received the recognition it deserved. Bethke also commends Lucas for reintroducing the hero, following a period of cinema in which “scripts were full of cynical, violent and foulmouthed antiheros.”
Now it’s your turn—discuss this charge in the comments below by drawing from your own Star Wars expertise and utilizing new evidence from The Force Awakens. And be sure to always be respectful of your fellow Star Wars fans!