Yesterday I was talking with one of my friends about Quentin Tarantino, how every one of his movies rocks: Resevoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Kill Bill. Not only are his characters interesting, but they have interesting conversations and talk like real people. Not to mention QT has never sold out.
Which brought to mind a couple of directors who started off great, then devolved into suckiness: George Lucas and the Wachowski brothers. Star Wars and The Matrix are classic films, vitually untouchable unless one wants to nitpick. The immediate sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and The Matrix Reloaded, are really cool but miss just a little bit of that timeless quality.
Then you see any film after that and think to yourself, "What the fuck happened?"
A classic, timeless tale gets muddled right at the end. Did these guys lose their talent, sell out to toy companies and video game manufacturers, or simply focus their sights on money instead of crafting a deep, compelling story worthy of the franchise? If Peter Jackson can keep Lord Of The Rings consistent, to the point where the last film is hands down the best, then why the hell did these guys drop the ball?
Which brought to mind a joke that perhaps I'm carrying to the extreme:
What if George Lucas directed the Matrix sequals?
- Agent Smith reveals he is Mr. Anderson's father. Morpheus later agrees that he lied to Neo about his father.
- Neo discovers that Trinity is his twin sister
- The Architect reveals his evil plan in plain detail (ala "Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design"), none of that "Vis-a-vis" bullshit.
- When Neo won't become an Agent of the system, the Architect gets up and shoots lightning bolts out of his hands. Then the Architect gets thrown into a pit and explodes for no reason.
- A group of small children (lead by the little Indian girl from the third film) throw rocks at Agent Smith and his clones, causing them to explode.
- Then the little children all sing a song.
What if the Wachowski brothers directed the Star Wars sequals?
- Luke Skywalker gets blinded instead of losing a hand. He uses The Force to see, which involves lots of glowy special effects.
- Luke meets the Emperor, who makes no sense at all and doesn't even get up out of his chair or fight.
- Luke and Vader have a flying fist fight over the Death Star. This ends with Luke's lame death.
- Light comes out of Darth Vader's helmet and he blows up for no reason the audience can comprehend.
- Morpheus and the humans in Zion almost die fighting off Stormtroopers, who suddenly receive new orders and just walk away.