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End of an era and so forth...

This entry and the next are dedicated soley to my thoughts on Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. This first entry can safely be read by those who haven't seen it. I promise there'll be no horrible spoilers for you.

All the same, I shall place it sensitively behind this



There's something about seeing Darth Vader in all his black-caped, breathing apparatus glory throwing himself into a power stance and screaming "NOOOOOOOOOO!!!" that induced hysterical giggling from this audience member.
I've come to the conclusion that the newer Star Wars films were dolled out a certain amount of crapiness and told to make it last. In "Attack of the Clones", Lucas used his crappiness allotment to make the entire film mediocre. In "Revenge of the Sith" he's been more arftul, and instead made a great film, then slotted in segments of cringe-inducing cliche and godawfulness.

In our infinite wisdom, my companion and I chose to sit in the very front row. Then it suddenly occured to us that we'd need to read the "A long time ago..." blurb thing. We looked like a pair of typewriters trying to read across the enormous screen that was directly in front of us. Our choice of seating aside, the film started well with a pretty darn spectacular battle scene. My confidence was rising.

Then the romance started. Definitely, and I mean DEFINITELY the weak point of this film. I felt positively ill during the numerous "romantic" scenes bewteen Anakin and Padme. Seriousy, George... No! Just, no... The Han and Leia stuff in the original was good. It doesn't make me want to barf, and it doesn't diminsh the strength and butt-kickiness of Leia. Padme is in love, and she's a whoosy girly girl. After the first ten minutes of her 2-dimensional, unconvincing loviness my brain was screaming "KILL ME NOW!"

That said, I shall move onto the good points:
I did like the battle scenes. Then again, I've wanted to be a jedi since I was about four, so every time someone gets out a lightsabre my eyes glaze over. The big final fight scene was way cool, although being so close to the screen, I think the brightness of lightsabres and lava rather hurt my eyes. The space battle scenes were also good, with the correct action to banter ratio.
In the last film, Yoda with a lightsabre seemed silly and contrived. This time, Yoda wielding the ol' sabre was natural. It made sense to both plot and character.
Oh, and stunt actors are supposed to perform the stunts actors can't do. But we're still supposed to believe it. There's no way Christopher Lee does a somersault over a ledge. Not buying it...

Hayden Christensen. Now don't give me that "I've seen him in other stuff and he's good." speech. I've only ever seen him in Star Wars and his acting his, frankly, bad. Just bad. Having said that, I have upgraded his performance score. In the last Star Wars, I rated his acting ability as roughly twice as bad as that of the average pro-wrestler. This time round, I feel he deserves a promotion. I'd say it was Orlando Bloom-esque, in that it had a serious lack of emotional intensity, but I did not actually find it unwatchable. Natalie Portman on the other hand, is best left uncommented upon...
Although, I admit they both had to contend with terrible romantic dialogue, poor muffins.

"I see you managed to get your shirt off!" also seems an appropriate comment.

This is definetly darker than any other Star Wars film, but I'm cool with that. In fact, I LIKED that. The thing I liked best about the film was that it is a story about how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. Darth Vader is THE villain of my childhood, and although this film is NEVER as good as the original trilogy, it IS the end of an era. Lucas can make his TV series, but I have now seen the death of Anakin and the birth of Vader and that's it for me. And despite Christensen's acting (which was best when he wasn't doing romantic stuff), I BELIEVED it. That was my greatest fear: that I wouldn't be happy with the way Anakin turned. I am happy with it.

There were three things about this film (apart from the lightsabres and Ewan McGregor) that I LOVED:

1. The music. The longer it went on, the more and more we could hear the original themes. Watching Anakin walk purposefully from his ship to a building and suddenly realising I'm hearing what sounds suspiciously like the Darth Vader theme is something I will never experience again and I LOVED it.

2. Watching Anakin be corrupted by the future Emperor Palpatine was frustrating. But it was that kind of frustrating where you love being frustrated. I just wanted to scream "HE'S LYING, ANAKIN, HE'S LYING!!!". I know I was twitching in my seat the deeper he was sucked in, just KNOWING what he was going to become. The kudos to Ian McDiarmid for his performance as Palaptine, perhaps.

3. The final scene. I would have ended it that way too. Not with the same shots, but with the same central point. Definetly would have ended it that way.

To conclude: This is better than "The Phantom Menace" or "Attack of the Clones", but nowhere near as good as the original three. Yet I do intend to see it again as soon as possible, I feel I can enjoy it more now that my fears have been laid to rest.

And my next post is for those who like spoilers or for those who've already seen it, as I have a few further comments.

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miska_maz
May. 20th, 2005 10:43 am (UTC)
argh uve put my awe in new light..dam u not just being swept away with the film :P yes the acting sucked and yes i so whish hollywood would lay off its nature just a little bit. but i still dont think itd be starwars with out it :P
flippyfrog
May. 20th, 2005 11:58 am (UTC)
the typewriting things was funny.... ah, i loved it.

I heard someone say this once "Everything sound infinately more zen when it comes out of Yoda's mouth."

Try it, you should :P
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