Freaks and geeks of all ages are going to want to get their hands on a copy of this week's issue of EW. Why? Because it has a 10-page interview with none of other than beloved director of all things cult-crushworthy, .
And with casting for Star Wars 7 ongoing, one of the most interesting bits was when the director opened up about how much he dislikes that most people choose The Empire Strikes Back as the best of the original Star Wars trilogy. Not so, says Whedon, citing one major problem he has with the film as compared to A New Hope:
'Empire' committed the cardinal sin of not actually ending. Which at the time I was appalled by and I still think it was a terrible idea.
The question of whether or not he thought Empire had a bad ending was then posed to him, prompting Whedon to explain further:
Well, it's not an ending. It's a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me. I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn't end I'll go to a French movie. That's a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself, it can't just build off the first one or play variations.
Not to worry, Star Wars and sci-fi fans. He also took a shot at anyone who tries to compare the Twilight movie franchise with his Buffy:
A small part of you is like: 'Well, you know, I did that first. I liked that band before they were popular.' The thing about 'Buffy' for me is–on a show-by-show basis–are there female characters who are being empowered, who are driving the narrative? The 'Twilight' thing and a lot of these franchise attempts coming out, everything rests on what this girl will do, but she's completely passive, or not really knowing what the hell is going on. And that's incredibly frustrating to me because a lot of what's taking on the oeuvre of 'Buffy', is actually a reaction against it. Everything is there — except for the Buffy. A lot of things aimed at the younger kids is just 'Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie'.
In any case, we can only hope Star Wars 7 will be better than the last three Star Wars movies, no? Do you agree with Whedon about the major flaw with Empire, or is it your favorite of the original trilogy? Sound off in the comments below.
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