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Top 5 Reasons That Star Wars Has Surpassed George Lucas

VO: MW WRITTEN BY: Ty Richardson
Written by Ty Richardson George Lucas is a genius and is responsible for creating one of the best film franchises of all time, but looking at where Star Wars started, how far it has come, and where it is now, it's safe to say the the series has moved beyond him. WatchMojo presents the Top 5 Reasons the Star Wars Franchise has Surpassed George Lucas! Watch to find out what made the top of the list! Watch on WatchMojo: Have an idea for our next video? Submit your idea on our suggest page here: https://www.WatchMojo.commy/suggest.php

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There’s no denying his impact on Star Wars, but that influence only goes so far. Welcome to, and today, we’re counting down our picks for the Top 5 Reasons That Star Wars Has Surpassed George Lucas.

For this list, we’ll be looking at some of the reasons the massively popular sci-fi franchise has outgrown its creator. While Lucas has had a successful career with Star Wars, we will be focusing on his filmmaking issues, bad decisions, and occasional poor choice of words.

#5: The First Cut of Star Wars Needed to be Completely Re-Edited

Lucas may have created one of the best sci-fi franchises of all-time, but that doesn’t mean he did it flawlessly. When his peers were shown the original cut, the reception was dreadful. Littered with unnecessary scenes, terrible pacing, and an overload of exposition, it was clear that “Star Wars” needed some additional work. Brian De Palma would rewrite the opening crawl, while Richard Chew, Paul Hirsch, and Lucas’s wife, Marcia, would re-edit the movie. Had Lucas gone with the original version, the history of Star Wars could have gone drastically different.

#4: His Bitterness

It’s no secret that Lucas has been a little petty about his post-Star Wars life. His statements have come off as either extremely over-the-top or just plain passive-aggressive. For starters, he’s gone on to blame the fans on his retirement, citing how people despise the newer versions of the original trilogy. Lastly, he has come off as resentful towards the new Star Wars movies, criticizing the “retro” approach to “The Force Awakens” and going so far as to compare the Walt Disney company to “white slavers”.

#3: Arguably the Two Best Films in the Series Weren’t Directed By Him

While Lucas was successful as director of “A New Hope” (albeit after some fixing up with the story), he wouldn’t direct another Star Wars movie until “The Phantom Menace”. So, who directed the two best movies in the series? Irvin Kershner was chosen to by Lucas to direct “Empire Strikes Back” because he knew “everything a […] director is supposed to know”. Then, we have Richard Marquand, whose previous work on suspense films and ability to work with actors was what made Lucas hire him as director for “Return of the Jedi”.

#2: Some of the Best Writing Was Done by Lawrence Kasdan

Credit where credit is due, Lucas knows how to build a world. However, you need good writing to make your world believable. Lucas may have had the vision, but it was his partnership with Lawrence Kasdan that gave Star Wars some of its strongest story arcs, specifically in “Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”. Kasdan’s presence seems to have a subtle effect on the quality of the movies’ writing, and its evident in the reception of the prequel trilogy, which Kasdan had no part in. He wouldn’t be back to writing a Star Wars story until “Force Awakens”, which he co-wrote with J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.

#1: The Prequels

This was the first time where Lucas had absolute control over the entire production…and he blew it. As if re-editing the original trilogy with terrible CGI wasn’t enough, the prequels saw a slew of mistakes that fans just weren’t having. Many scenes were shot in front of a green screen, Hayden Christensen was cast as Anakin Skywalker, and, of course, there’s Jar Jar Binks. This trilogy of Darth Vader’s beginnings has stuck out as the pimple of the franchise, and may always be remembered as its awkward puberty.

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