Did they release a different version of this in Europe? Like, a different movie altogether? Because I can't find ANY evidence of the raves I've been reading from Stateside. What I saw was a wooden mess, with almost every scene drowning in exposition and flatline dialogue, without a sense of purpose or direction, mood or tension. I read the book in anticipation of the movie and expected something much more STALKER/SOLARIS, with more mood, psychology, & mindfuckery. A more fragmented and…
Gets worse with every viewing.
The surface is shiny enough: attractive people are doing Star Wars things, the spaceships are the same but got groovy new paint jobs, and everything roars and zzzaps with the familiar Ben Burtt sound effects.
Once you stop being dazzled by effects & nostalgia though, it all falls apart — the writing is sloppy and simply not up to par to the standards George introduced.
The *writing*!? you might garrumph. Lucas is a terrible writer! And…