Bad Artists Steal, Too
In mentioning the works George Lucas “borrowed and repurposed” in the making of Star Wars, Ross Douthat omits the films of Japan’s Akira Kurosawa — but I forgive him, because he is so spot-on in his criticism of Star Trek: Into Darkness and its director, J. J. Abrams (“To Boldly Flunk,” June 17).
Today’s filmmakers destroy planets and kill off leading characters as a means of getting from Point A to Point B. We used to call such ham-fisted plot devices “not having a better idea.”
I was also flabbergasted by how shamelessly the film stole from The Wrath …