Friday, May 20, 2005

Star Wars

Amazingly, George Lucas gets Revenge of the Sith almost entirely right. Even the actors appeared to be trying this time out. Yes, the dialogue is still woeful for the most part but all involved seem to be invested in making the best of it. And this makes a difference.

The movie is surprisingly good. It has the vibe of Star Wars, whatever that means. And yet it also feels different than the five other films. The word 'pregnant' is used (Anakin's reaction is priceless); people are seen sleeping together; people weep. And Jar Jar is seen but once, in a crowd, for maybe a second.

I did not expect the final duel between Obi-wan and Anakin to be shocking, but it was. Wow, I thought, that is just brutal.

There is one astoundingly bad moment in the film: you can't believe anyone ever thought it played well. But it is mercifully brief and is gone.

Really good movie. Considering my deep ambivalence to these first two prequels, I'm surprised by how caught up I was in this one. So many good things in it, deft little nods to the old films. Fun stuff.

8 comments:

aimee said...

which part did you think was the bad part--but dont give spoilers to the folks who havent seen it. i thought any time padme and anakin spoke to each other was horrible, but other than that, i liked it too.

Paul said...

Yeah, the 2 young lovers were bad. But I thought less bad, less zombie-like.

The part I'm referring to is when Vader takes his first uncertain steps, which was cool, then his, umm, reaction to some bad news....

Jennifer said...

Your take is my take, Paul. I kept thinking, "Now THIS is a Star Wars movie!" Ep. 1 & 2 weren't. I am in total agreement with you on the ... ok, no clever spoilers .. the moment you're talking about. HOW did that get past the screening audience intact? Oh, well ... the movie looked (and sounded--wasn't the score great?) fantastic; I'm so glad he pulled the last one off. And I just loved all the references to the originals.

Simmons B. Buntin said...

I need to see it again---perhaps I was too critical, expectations too high.... My wife absolutely loved it, but the choppy verbal exchanges drove me nuts, especially at the beginning. No doubt the acting was better, though, and that fight scene between Obi-Wan and Anikan, especially the way it concludes---very powerful. And perhaps just like it happened in realy life... ;~)

Anonymous Poet said...

I agree! (I guess the Vader moment was a little Frankensteinish, maybe a little too much?)

jeannine said...

I actually enjoyed the movie quite a bit, but can't stop quoting some of my favorite (worst) lines in the movie:

"Hold me again like you did at the lake at Naboo."
"I'm only beatiful because I'm so in love. No, you're beautiful because I'm so in love."

Paul said...

See, I really liked the Frankenstein vibe (in the trailer, Vader's arms were bolted down, a detail I liked, but it wasn't in the movie); it's the beat that scene closes on that's mind-boggling....

cynthia said...

I especially loved the Princess Leah hair in the first scene, which sweetly knocked me back to the 70's.