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Too Much Blue-Screen

Granted, the original Star Wars was arguably more advanced in the way of special effects than the new trilogy, but the effects served the story. With the new trilogy, Lucas gave himself license for special effects masturbation. The old, grimy galaxy we came to love got a slick new face-lift. But as pretty as the 3D sets are, they can't match the allure of the originals. Seeing actors in front of these virtual sets gives us a clue as to why their performances were so stale: if most of the new trilogy lives inside a computer, little wonder it feels that way too. The original trilogy certainly didn't.