Oh yeah, Empire is the one with pacing issues. The one that takes like an hour to get absolutely anywhere and from then has a weird moment right before the supposed climax where everything is just kinda silent and nothing seems to be going on, and then proceeds to the super boring generic "climactic" battle against the completely underdeveloped villains doesn't have any pacing issues.
Umm...I suppose this is the part where I should say "Exhibit A!" in reference to what I said previously. There's a pretty good reason as to why A New Hope is the template looked upon in respect to story structure. The build-up, character introductions, etc. fall at a rate that keeps things briskly going along. Empire's 2nd Act? Eh...gotta say that's the weak spot.
So now we're just going off the rails to shit not even associated to pacing...to criticize my comment regarding pacing. I never stated Empire wasn't the 'deeper' film of the two. Your subjective feelings of how you find ANH's climax as 'boring' doesn't really matter either.
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