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19 May 2005 @ 08:02 pm
Episode III  
I was going to write a really snarky review of the movie. But frankly, it didn't even manage to inspire me to reasonable levels of snark. I will, however, point to lucifie's review of the movie, which is everything I would have liked to say, only said better.

Instead, I will simply write a "my reaction in a nutshell."

Overall: I was not disappointed. I credit my walking in expecting the movie to be weak for this.

Plot/pacing: I think Episode 1 was a better paced movie. The plot for it also had fewer holes.

Music: As far as I could tell, no new themes or music were created for this film. The only parts that I noticed were recycled from the original trilogy, with one nod to the "Duel of the Fates" theme from Episode 1. I liked the original trilogy music. But I sure am not rushing out to pick up the soundtrack for this movie.

Dialog: Very similar to Episode II. Particularly in the "romance" scenes. We didn't quite get to the "don't let this kiss become a scar" level, but there were a couple of scenes where the hurl factor was almost overwhelming. Yoda and R2 got the best lines.

Acting: The melodramatic over-acting from several of the characters really increased my discomfort level with the overly cheesy dialog.

Fighting: Somewhere out there in the multitude of universes there is one where they brought Bob Anderson back to choreograph the fight sequences. I want to see the movie from that universe. This is a petty nit-pick, but Bob Anderson actually knows how to fight, and so could make other people look like they knew what they were doing also. Their current choreographer gave into the urge to make the film resemble a Hong Kong action film.

Few things frustrate me more than something that could have been good, but aren't. This movie solidly falls into this category. In the hands of a good writer, this movie could have ripped the viewers' hearts out. Bits of it tried, but were so overshadowed by the general weakness of the rest of the film that they only came across as sadly failed attempts at drama.

Oh, and why the heck didn't they credit James Earl Jones? That is just a tacky oversight.
puddlemizutamari on May 20th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
The only actors who successfully pulled off their characters were the ones who UNDER-played them! (Basically Ewan and Jimmy Smits... IMHO)
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puddlemizutamari on May 20th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
The James Earl Jones/Darth Vadar ~I~ know would have killed the first person in sight with the Force...

(but then the Emperor would be dead and he really WOULD have brought balance to the Force... heheheh!)
Sandpanthersandpanther on May 20th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, right, "balance". Can someone please explain to Mr. Lucas what the word "balance" means? His excuse about the whole "chosen one" thing is that Vader later does bring balance to the Force by killing off the Emperor, then dying himself. (Oh, turning back was supposed to be important too. But, whatever.) So by completely obliterating one side, "balance" is achieved. Riiiiight.

I wish Lucas would stop thinking that his audience was stupid when he makes his movies.
puddlemizutamari on May 20th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC)
Mace Windu said, "You're referring to the prophesy of the one who will bring balance to the Force."
Well, as a little Star Wars groupie- I think the significance to the reference of "bringing blanace to the Force" was ACTUALLY his bringing Luke and Leia into the world and had nothing to do with Vader at all! And LUKE was the one who restored balance.
I also HATE HATE HATE the fact that the Force was suddenly painted as good or bad depending on which side you looked at it! That's a hunk of CROCK!

I wish Lucas would stop thinking that his audience was stupid when he makes his movies.
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puddlemizutamari on May 20th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC)
Well, at the end of RotJ- good triumphed over evil- what is more balanced than that!?

I was blinded by the glory of the original trilogy, until I realized that the new movies were cheapening them! The Force was a mystical energy- not based on METACLORINS! WTF?! A special blood cell?! XO

"I've waited 25 years for this." (For what? A moment that looked like a car commercial?)
BWA-HAHAHAHAHAHA! YES!!!! It wasn't just ME!!!!
Sandpanthersandpanther on May 20th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
I've always thought that if the Jedi -- of whom there were, well, lots more than two, felt that bringing balance to the Force was a good thing, then they probably deserved to be wiped out.

The midichlorians needed to be taken out and dipped in boiling lava. I was hoping that idea had died after they failed to appear in Attack of the Clowns. Alas, like any really bad idea, they resurfaced.
puddlemizutamari on May 20th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
What kind of Star Wars fan ARE YOU?! Why would the Jedi need to be wiped out if they wanted balance?! Balance= No WAR! *sniffles*

Metaclorins SUCK!
Sandpanthersandpanther on May 20th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
Huh, I hadn't thought of it that way... But now that you mention it, it did kind of look like a car commercial. Though fortunately most car commercials skip the horrible "nooooooo!!!!!!!" moment.

Y'know, if I had waited 25 years for that, I would demand my life back.
puddlemizutamari on May 20th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
well, I'm tempted to ask for my money back... I feel like I'm in an alternate ending South Park episode!
Sandpanthersandpanther on May 20th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
especially when he said, "No!"

Oh my word, that was so... ugh. Hurl readings off the scale, captain! *goes back to supressing the memory*