hammill:Andrew Everard:Original version, messed-up version or really messed-up version? And really, do we need I-III, with their wooden dialogue and even worse portentous acting?
Complaining about the dialogue in Star Wars is like complaining about the special effects in a Woody Allen movie. I never watched the original star wars films when they were released so saw 1 & 2 before I saw 4,5 and 6 and to be honest, I don't think the first 3 are any that bad All 6 are verbally clunky but that was never the point. I find the claimed superiority of 4-6 is mainly based on nostalgia
No it's based on the fact that, apart from Ep IV, George Lucas didn't direct the original trilogy. The directors who did had the sense to give the actors a little leeway with the dialogue, which, according to Ewan MacGregor and Liam Neeson, is something Lucas didn't do when he made the new films, instead of giving them the script and letting them get on with it, his control-freakery extended to the point of telling the actors exactly how they had to say each line, the inflection, the pacing, everything, the actors had to repeat the words exactly how he said them or he made them do it again until they did.
My children like all of them (apart from 3 which is too depressing)
Oh for goodness sake, it isn't saying much but III's easily the best of the new films, it's the only one with any real darkness in it.
and they are surely the target audience.
You'd have to ask George that.