Feb 20, 2010
What the prequels should have looked like
A series of photographs relocating Star Wars to Dubai. They make you weep afresh for the opportunity Lucas missed — how deep the thrill to be got from approaching that iconography from an unfamiliar angle. Only one shot in the whole lousy trilogy gave me goose bumps like that: that shot of the lightsabres cutting through smoke in the first scene of The Phantom Menace. The rest looked more futuristic, more advanced, more developed than the original films, when it should have been less in every case.