Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The force is strong in this oneIt seems a long time ago and far, far away, but seeing the first Star Wars movie (episode 4) at the Southtown Mall theater -- I think Jon was visiting -- remains a favorite memory.
We were absolutely mesmerized by it.
The jump to hyperspace made us all catch our breaths.
So to go to the movie last night to see Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (episode 3) was both exciting and melancholy. Exciting because so many questions were answered, and the special effects again breath-taking. Melancholy because it was the last time to see big yellow prologue words scroll up the screen.
I'd read a bunch of reviews so I was prepared as to the strengths and weaknesses of the movie.
Weaknesses: Stilted dialogue, but perhaps that's a tribute to the B-movie matinees of the '40s.
Wooden acting. How George Lucas could coax such a leaden performance from Samuel L. Jackson is a marvel of directing. Hayden Christensen seems a Jedi master of it, although he was much better as Bad Aniken than Good Aniken.
Strengths: Of course, special effects. Wow.
The story itself. Questions were answered, motivations revealed, foundation laid for the classic three films. As much as I hated to see Aniken go to the Dark Side, it makes Return of the Jedi that much better a movie!
I think I'll watch it asap.

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