Brat Farrar (bratfarrar) wrote,
Brat Farrar

The power of editing

Just watched the first half of A New Hope with my young nieces, which kept them fairly engaged even though they're only 5 and 7, and I was struck again by just how well constructed it is. Everyone has clear motivations and personality traits/skill sets, things which will become plot points are frequently introduced in some low-key way ahead of time, and aside from how fuzzy the internal chronology is, the whole thing just holds together really, really well. It's pretty clear how it became an instant classic. Which makes it kind of bizarre to learn about how it was almost just a bad movie instead:

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