So How Was It!?!

The very first Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) came out when I was the wee age of -2 months. I can't say that I really grew up in my early years being blasted with Star Wars stuff, but I began to realize the films around the time that Episode Six: Return of the Jedi was released. From there, Star Wars was a magical place for me. Honestly, who can say they didn't want to be a Jedi (not just Luke) or Princess Leia? Hell, I would've even been fine with being Han Solo! But I digress (that's fun to say, I think).

I really became a fan of Star Wars again in high school when I began reading the Expanded Universe (new stories that went beyond, or in between, the movies). It was then that the hooks were in place. So much so that when Episode One: The Phantom Menace came out, Meelah and I went and camped out for the premiere. Nerds? Yup.

The Star Wars fan base is large, if you were unaware, and I'd say that most fans tend to favor the original trilogy (Episodes Four, Five and Six) when compared to the prequel trilogy (Episodes One, Two and Three). I'm in that camp, mainly because the original movies did a fantastic job of taking you to a different place for two hours.

And now, finally the circle is complete. Last night (err, early this morning) I saw Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith, and here's what I thought:

Please Note: The following does contain spoiler information, proceed with caution! You've been warned.

From the very beginning of the movie you can tell that it's different than the first two Episodes. Something feels different. It could be the camera angles or movement, but something is different. You're plunged into a gigantic space battle, but the focus is on Obi-Wan and Anakin, fitting if you ask me, as they are two major focal points in this film. The movie rarely slowed down, but also, there weren't any major surprises (did we need them?).

So how was it?
It's a good movie. It's better than the first two films – which I should say out front that I enjoyed those films. No, they weren't the originals, that would be very hard mojo to grasp again, but they told a story. Often times the story was maybe too convenient, but Lucas was connecting gaps.

So really, how was it?
I liked it, a lot. There were some things that stood out as bad, but overall I really liked it.

What stood out as bad?

But... you liked it, right?
Good golly, yes.

What was good, then?

No doubt people, this movie is good. I give it a solid B/B+. Let me know what you think.

+ original post date: May 19, 2005 04:15 PM
+ categories: Movies, Star Wars


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thanks for the review Seth. Very in depth. I still have video of some of the people we interviewed while we camnped out. Now those were Nerds, we were "cool nerds".. whatever that means.

+ author: Jason
+ posted: June 25, 2005 08:16 AM

i agree with the whole yoda thing. i wanted to see the bastard being dropped off in the middle of nowhere, reading a book or some shit like that. i'm sure it's in the extras along with 5 other hours of mindless lucas talk. all in all, good movie. i'd have to agree- b/b+

now all we need is a 7,8,and 9 with a really old hans solo and princess leia (i wonder if carrie fisher would be replaced with clairista flockhart now? skinny bastard).

i'm out.

+ author: Barrie
+ posted: June 25, 2005 08:17 AM

I'm really not so sure about your, "not as good as LOTR effects," thing. Other than Gollum -- which, frankly, is the finest achievement of human/digital mastery, I think that the digital landscapes of ROTS are AS GOOD, IF NOT BETTER, than any created in Mordor.

We can talk about it tomorrow.


+ author: Tug McTighe
+ posted: June 25, 2005 08:17 AM

Point of clarification... yes, the effects on Gollum were great, no one can argue that. I'm talking about scenes in which actors are obviously acting in front of a blue screen or when Lucas decided to go back and add more clones into the background just walking around -- that's the bad bad bad stuff.

This time around, though, the effects were better when Obi-Wan was on that beast. Yoda still looked a little gooey (like the Hulk) and not real. And there were instances where fake people were used (looked more like video game characters) instead of the real actors.

I'm just a realist when it comes to effects. Lucas' team spent tons of time on some sequences and seemed to half-ass others.

+ author: Seth
+ posted: June 25, 2005 08:18 AM

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