I hadn’t planned to do another post before the end of the year, but then Lovely Lindy sent me a link to the first part of a video critique of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. I watched it, expecting humorous jokes, sarcasm, and snide remarks, and all that abounds in this review.
But it also contains carefully thought out, extremely sophisticated, arguments about the difference between strong characters and weak ones, between exciting plots and boring ones. It openly and honestly lays out the necessary elements for a good story, and argues convincingly that all those elements are missing from The Phantom Menace.
Below is the first part of the series, and here is a link to it on YouTube. There are seven parts in the whole series, each 10-minutes long.
Yes, that’s right, this is a 70-minute critique of The Phantom Menace. Trust me, just watch the first 10-minute segment; if you don’t like it you won’t be interested in the rest.
But if you are like me, if you care about storytelling and seek to improve your skills, you will find yourself wanting to take notes. This is the kind of honest, unvarnished criticism that writers always want but rarely receive. It has given me insights into my own attempts at writing; has prompted me to ask myself questions that I will be struggling with for some time to come.
I Must Include The Following Warning
This video series also includes a darkly comic sub-story revolving around the narrator’s fictional private life. I won’t provide any spoilers here, except to say that the video does contain elements which may offend some people and which are not for young children. Consider yourself warned.
The maker of this video series also has has a 4-part series critiquing Star Trek: Nemesis. The comments on his YouTube site indicate the Nemesis review is as funny and insightful as his Phantom Menace review. If it is, I may well write another post promoting it as well.