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The end of Star Wars

Well, I didn't think the movie sucked as bad as some people thought it did, but I'm not going to rank on them for their criticism of the movie. (Much.) I'm also not quite as excited about it as my friend Jo, who thought it rocked as hard as Team America. I'm in the middle - it was an okay movie, with some really cool stuff and some really crappy writing and acting mixed in with mediocre technical work.

Sure, there were things that Lucas could have done better, but the people who bitch about the chemistry between Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen in this movie need to take a chill pill. Maybe the suspension on my disbelief isn't as played out as theirs, but I found Anakin's concern for Padme believable, and an adequate explanation for his turn to the Dark Side. Aside from that, the Jedi got fragged by their troops as they so richly deserved after the idiocy of SW2's final battle, so it met my minimal expectations. I knew this wasn't going to be as good as The Empire Strikes Back, and no movie is ever perfect. This one had plenty of dumb stuff going on, but it also had some really cool stuff. In the end, if the actors were a little wooden and some scenes might have profited from being shot as silent film with subtitles, it was no biggie. I expected a B-movie and got a big, flashy B-movie. Those of you expecting the SF version of Merchant-Ivory as done by Kenneth Branagh need to quit smokin' that crack and just appreciate the movie for the cheap thrill it is. At least it wasn't American Graffiti, thank God.

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revolutionaryjo
May. 22nd, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
Hey, I liked American Graffiti. Anyway, my little review doesn't really encompass my whole feelings on the film. There's a lot of nitpicking I did, especially when it came to the timeline and contradictions to existing canon it created. I also winced more than once at bad dialogue and cheap laughs (wookiee tarzan anyone?), but at the same time I forgave it those things. Simply because once it got to the heavy story involved it captured the feel of the originals, it ceased feeling like an alternate universe version of the story to me and became part of the original trilogy canon. I left the theater wanting to do Jedi-fu, swing my lightsaber around, and rewatch the originals which neither Episode I or II had been able to do. That's the real reason for my enthusiasm, but it doesn't surpass Empire or even Jedi for me. It's inching out a little ahead of A New Hope in terms of my favorites though.

But it did totally rock out hardcore. :)
tokenfanboy
May. 22nd, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC)
You really need to try out that Lightsaber game I got for my birthday. You'll want one for yourself!
wombat_socho
May. 23rd, 2005 03:01 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm sure there are plenty of nits to pick, especially since G. Lucas does not have consistency among his virtues.

Don't get me started on American Graffiti. I'm willing to admit that most of my problems with the film are my problems (themselves an artifact of the era when AG came out) but I don't think you really want to sit through the whole rant.
chibitoaster
May. 23rd, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
Completely off topic... It was great seeing you guys again. We really do need to get together more often.
wombat_socho
May. 23rd, 2005 03:06 am (UTC)
Yes, we do! Maybe once ATC starts doing more social stuff we'll be able to make that happen.
stuckintraffik
May. 23rd, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed it, but one word...
Younglings.
wombat_socho
May. 23rd, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
Re: I enjoyed it, but one word...
Well, I call my kids that all the time...oh, wait. Never mind. [/Emily Litella]
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