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Monday, May 23, 2005

Wholly Sith!!!

We went to see the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith"; it was a great idea gone horribly bad.

Special effects notwithstanding, they don't quite make up for this lame attempt to tie up loose ends, and set the stage for the original trilogy.

The pivotal scene, in which Darth Vader is "born", is too contrived to be believed. In under 2 minutes, Anakin Skywalker goes from deepest remorse to deepest remorselessness.

May the force(d) be with(out) you! Save your money.

But you don't have to believe me. That dissident rag, the Rolling Stone, posted a review with which I am quite in agreement.

Sith happens...


Blogger Kajun said...

Thanks for the warning. However, the last movie we went to see was "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"...I guess it's been awhile since I had movie popcorn.

May 23, 2005 5:10 AM  
Blogger Beerme said...

While watching it, my son noticed that the two droids knew all about Darth Vader and the origins of Luke and Leia, yet they never said anything. Later one of the characters off handedly states "wipe the memory of the protocol droid".

I thought that was characteristic of the entire movie. Patch this loose end up with this inserted excuse, clear that up with this weak-kneed reason, etc.

Still, it was visually incredible, and if you suspended judgement over the improbable plot behavior, and ignored the wooden acting and dialogue, it was "a fun romp"!

May 23, 2005 6:31 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Kajun News:
Sounds as though you needed no warning.

Like I said...
"Special effects...don't quite make up for this lame attempt to tie up loose ends".

May 23, 2005 7:54 AM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

The last "Star Wars" movie I saw was the first one back in the 70's, so I can't comment on any of the subsequent films or the story line. I wasn't planning on seeing this new one, either, but I appreciate the "heads up" on the lameness of the film. Really enjoyed you referring to "Rolling Stone Magazine" as a "dissident rag", camo! :-)

May 23, 2005 7:55 AM  
Blogger Pat'sRick© said...

Well, we already have tickets. My kids and I will suffer through it and I'll let you know.
Of course, my opinion doesn't count for much - I liked Jar Jar Binks.

May 23, 2005 8:09 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

'da Bunny:
I used to have a subscription to that dissident rag, but I couldn't abide their editorial bias, so I let it lapse.

The kids will love it; the one I took to see it did. The effects were excellent, and that'll do it for kids. As an adult (and card-carrying Screen Actors Guild Member), I expect a little more than pyrotechnics...for the most part, the acting was horrible.
(Jar Jar Binks was a more accomplished thespian...)

May 23, 2005 8:56 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Charles said:
The funloving werewolf known as Chewbatta was the highlight of the film, even though all he did was bark like a dog and sh*t everywhere.

Lacking the capability to selectively edit comments, my only option is to allow them to remain, or delete them.

As a reminder, it is the policy of this blog to delete posts using unalloyed profanity.
(Example in bold type above...)

I realize that "Sith" is pushing it, too, but that was in the actual title of the movie...

May 23, 2005 6:06 PM  
Blogger mk77 said...

The republic is crumbling under attack from alien forces. Democracy is threatened as the leader plays on the people's paranoia. Amid the confusion it is suddenly unclear whether the state is in more danger from insurgents, or from the leader himself.

It sounds more like a Michael Moore polemic than a Star Wars movie. But George Lucas, speaking as his latest epic was given its world premiere at Cannes yesterday, confirmed that Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, could be read as a parable about American politics.

When he conceived his series of films in the 1970s, he says, he was thinking about Vietnam and Nixon, investigating "democracy, and how a senate could give itself over, could surrender itself to a dictator".

He found historical echoes down the ages. "I looked at ancient Rome, and how, having got rid of kings, the Senate ended up with Caesar's nephew as emperor ... how democracy turns itself into a dictatorship. I also looked at revolutionary France ... and Hitler.

"It tends to follow similar patterns. Threats from outside leading to the need for more control; democracy not being able to function properly because of internal squabbling."

"I hope that situation never arises in our country," he said. "Maybe the film will awaken people to this danger."

Asked whether Star Wars Episode III openly alluded to the Iraq war, he said:

"When I wrote it Iraq didn't exist. We were funding Saddam Hussein and giving him weapons of mass destruction. We were going after Iran. But the parallels between what we did in Vietnam and what we are doing in Iraq are unbelievable."

Monday May 16, 2005
The Guardian


Sith happens.

May 23, 2005 6:17 PM  
Blogger JannyMae said...

Well, my niece stood in line for 7 hours to see it, and she loved it! I haven't seen it, but I saw the first two episodes(I know, it's confusing--the two just prior to this latest one), and I was far from impressed. As it's evolved, it seems as if the story degraded at the same rate the quality of, "effects," increased. If this one is anything like the last two, I don't know if I even will bother with it...even after it comes out in video.

May 23, 2005 8:14 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Well, my 22-year old daughter saw it. She's a Star Wars fan, an X-files fan, a Terminator fan, an Aliens fan, and oh yeah... she even likes Jane Austen stuff (weird huh?).

Anyway, she thought the acting was a bit stiff (OK... bad). But she did like how everything came together. Since I am a fan of all the above (except Jane Austen), I will probably go see it too... and I will probably ignore its faults.

May 23, 2005 9:59 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Regarding the political allegory suggested in the movie:
Here's a great analysis of that.

JannyMae & Hawkeye®:
As I said, the special effects almost make up for the lousy performances...

May 23, 2005 10:01 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Amusing parody based on "Shakespeare in love" about the inspiration for the "Star Wars" series:
George Lucas in love.

May 24, 2005 7:51 AM  
Blogger LebenFrei said...

A character camojack, I knew you were . A card to prove it, you do not need. Special effects and lots of noise and fighting (of my childhood it reminds), I love. Negative reviews, I read but to sith through it, my daughter and I plan. The acting in most of the other movies, comical it was anyway. Darth Vader any stiffer than any actor, could not get. Acting that part without any sweat, I could have done. Although pretty hot in that helmut-mask, it must have been.

May 24, 2005 2:14 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Agree with you, I must...
(May the farce be with ya)

May 24, 2005 8:28 PM  

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