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  • George Lucas always wants his characters to be larger than life, but he doesn't understand that the way to do that is not through use of language, but through actions.

    But Lucas says the opposite:

    Lucas says he never claimed to be good at writing dialogue. "I've always been a follower of silent movies. I see film as a visual medium with a musical accompaniment, and dialogue is a raft that goes on with it. I create films that way - very visually - and the dialogue's not what's important. I'm one of those people who says, yes, cinema died when they invented sound. The talking-head era of movies is interesting and good, but I'd just like to go to the purer form.

    --"No, Star Wars is not supposed to be funny" [guardian.co.uk]

    I think it's a bad sign that his work is such a mess that one can't tell if it relies on language too much, or means not to at all.

    • Bizarre.

      I just assumed he _was_ trying to use dialogue because the dialogue is _so_ incredibly labored and overdone, I assumed that could only happen intentionally. Or perhaps he and his co-screenwriter have simply unconsciously absorbed every possible cliche ever heard and then accidentally regurgitated them into the script.