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19 May 2005 @ 07:44 pm

Got back from seeing Episode III a few hours ago, but I wanted to reflect on some things before I gave my commentary.  So, without further ado, here we go...

First off, it was a far superior movie than Episodes I and II, but it still lacked the charisma of the orignal trilogy.  Hayden Christensen has become the next Keanu Reeves, the only emotion he conveys well is anger.  Anything else he attempts comes across as painfully awkward...painfully.  The scenes between him and Natale Portman were almost laughable.  In fact, I did laugh...numerous times, and it wasn't supposed to be funny.  HC's acting was so bad that it brought down the other actor's he shared scenes with. 

For me, the movie didn't get good until Anikin gives in to the Dark Side.  My firends and I were in agreement that the build up to and the actual crossover scene were rushed and not believeable.  It went almost something like this-

Emperor: "Give in to the Dark Side" 

Anikin: *trying to look conflicted, but looks more constipated than anything* "Gee, I don't know" 

Emperor: "The Jedi are bad, they never let you do cool stuff." 

Anikin: "Yeah, you're right.  Okay, I'll join." 

Now, the other huge fault with the moive was the dialog.  Everyone at some point fell victim to some of the worst dialog I've ever heard.  It really took away from many of the scenes.  Chewbacca and the Wookies were a waste and didn't need to be in the movie.  While it was nice to see them, it could have been any species for the 2 minutes of screen time they had.  Jar Jar, thankfully, didn't have any dialog, but was still present in a few scenes.  The effects and the battles weren't too over the top, but still a little too glamerous to be taken seriously.  The final confrontation between Obi Wan and Anikin flat out ruled. Nothing bad to say about it and I won't say too much.  I'll leave that for you to see yourselves.  Padme's death scene might have been one of the worst I've ever seen.  "Lost the will to live" *smacks self in the forehead*  Will that be listed on the offical death certificate?  Ian McDermond as Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sideous was great.  He was perfectly over the top as all villians should be.  Yoda kicks some serious booty in this movie.  That is both cool and comical at the same time.

So, in closing, the movie could have been better in many, many ways, but as a whole it was good.  Did it make up for the travesty of the first two?  No, it didn't.  It will never hold that special place in my heart that the original "Holy Trilogy" does.  I am a little saddened by this fact.  I guess it just shows that sometimes you should just leave well enough alone. 

I did see a trailer for The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and it looks freekin awesome.  I loved that book when I was a kid.  I hope they do it justice.


Later all!  Maybe I'll go start the next chapter of "Power and Control"

Current Mood: pensivepensive
presser_kunpresser_kun on May 20th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
Just saw it.

Much of what you say is true. Can't say I disagree, but the film had a powerful effect on me, the lesser aspects of it notwithstanding. What can I say? For all my twenty-first century scientific sensibilities, I still believe in that good, ol' Force.

Thought Lucas was brilliant. Fantastic way to tie up the series. But the dialog? It'd gag a maggot anytime.

I'm off to write in my own journal, where you can read more if you're interested.

Oh, and more-more-more P&C, please!
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 20th, 2005 04:00 am (UTC)
Oh, don't get me wrong, there was no other way for the series to wrap up. When Obi Wan drops off the infant Luke to Ben and Beru, and they are standing with the twin Tattooine suns setting in the background...it brought tears to my eyes. There were so many places where Lucas harkened back to the original triology that I could see the bridge between old and new. I'm going to see it again on sunday and perhaps a second viewing will be more enjoyable.