19 May 2005

Twisted by the dark side young Skywalker has become

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith opened today to record crowds, in what must be a welcome respite for theater owners across the USA.

I've had the opportunity to see it twice already, taking in a midnight showing early this morning and back to the theater again this afternoon for an encore viewing. It was truly entertaining, and far better than the previoius Episode I and Episode II prequels. Many excellent battle scenes and special effects eye candy, minus the annoyances of Jar Jar Binks in Episode I and the incessant whining of a younger Anakin Skywalker in Episode II.

I'll not say too much as anything I write here is a spoiler, given the nature that it is a prequel, afterall, so most all who are familiar with the George Lucas Star Wars movie realm know where this story is headed. In this installment, it's the big schism that erupts between light and dark, and Mr. Skywalker is transformed into Lord Darth Vader. However, it's Ian McDiarmid who plays Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who steals the show, putting on a performance far more stellar than any other on the cast. Every line he spoke or facial twinge he displayed was indeed epic.

It was thrilling viewing, for the simple fact that even though you know how things are going to play out, you still view in anticipation of subsequent action.

Even if the science and technology presented in the movie are comical anachronisms or even if its just a sorry George Lucas pushing one of the most downer and anti-modernist messages of all time.

Of course, there was some hullabaloo about Star Wars being a piece of anti-Bush propaganda. I didn't get that from my viewing, it just seemed like standard fairy tale story schlock dressed all up with snazzy special effects, lots of battle scenes and eye catching CGI.

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In every episode to date, including 4-6, the true hero is always R2-D2. At some point, this little robot saves the day by rescuing one, or more of the movies heroines. So I have to ask. Whom did he save in this new installment?
I also have to wonder why Darth Vader never recognized C3-PO in episodes 4-6, considering he made it. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm........
R2D2 did play a "rescue role" in at least one scene, though it served the only comic relief in the movie.

Didn't GL go back and edit Episodes 4-6 to revise such plot conflicts. Though, the story is far more full of plot holes than just that.
My husband saw it Wednesday and said it was awesome! I am going to see it tonight! I can't wait!

"Of course, there was some hullabaloo about Star Wars being a piece of anti-Bush propaganda. I didn't get that from my viewing, it just seemed like standard fairy tale story schlock dressed all up with snazzy special effects, lots of battle scenes and eye catching CGI. "

See Naum, we CAN agree on something! :)
*caution* do not read if you havent seen "Star Wars III" not a spoiler.....but you may not want to read it yet.
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As if nobody knows by now that Anakin becomes Vader and most of the JEDI get wiped out..... Can there be a spoiler for this film?
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"Wars not make one great."

I enjoyed the film very much, and read no "ANTI-BUSH"isms into it. If anything it was a statement that "PEACE" or "LOVE" can sometimes be used as a means of disception and control. Even the "heroes" at one point doubt which side is good and which side is bad as I am sure we all have. Also, there were a scene that almost justified murder of percieved "threat", and a "pre-emptive" strike when suspision is raised about palpatine. I do notice that even the peaceful JEDI make WAR (though it brings about their downfall) when there is a threat...and they dont pelt their enemies with flowers and false diplomacies.

"Anger...fear...aggression. The dark side of the Force are they."

Darth Vader was fleshed out nicely in this one and his "hands-on" evil was much more disturbing and frightful than the sterile destruction of a planet in "A New Hope" or his military role in "Empire" and "Jedi".

One more thing....YODA RULEZ!!!

"Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try."
Mondo, I have already seen it twice and i am going again this weekend! My husband is a Star Wars fanantic, so I will probably see it a bunch more times before the summer is over!

I made an obervation. did you notice that Palpatine told Anakin that it was the Jedi who were lying to him and cloudying his mind with lies? Interesting......

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