Thursday, May 19, 2005
The Obligatory Star Wars III "Revenge of the Sith" review.
The crowd was really rowdy, especially during the trailers (BTW, the Fantastic Four film looks good. The crowd really responded to all of the Torch lines and ESPECIALLY when the Thing says "It's Clobbering Time!") but they shut up as soon as the Star Wars logo appeared.
As for the film... it started off ok, I wasn't too thrilled with the opening scene, but it really started working for me when Anakin began his transformation. The dialogue, unfortunately (especially during the quiet, romantic scenes) are typical Lucas. The actors did their best with what they had.
The film was about 2 1/2 hours but moved pretty quickly. (for obvious reasons) I enjoyed the second half of the film more, though with every scene I had an odd feeling of deja-vu, as if I knew exactly what was about to happened. I began thinking for most scenes "oh, ok, that's how they were going to explain that".
There's a line at the end of the film that took me totally by surprised and I'm not sure why it was said. I'll be curious to why it was added.
The battle scenes in the second half are fun and it was nice seeing the last 10 minutes of the film. But it dawned on me after I saw the film (the crowd BTW, applauded of course, so I guess they enjoyed it), any kid born this year, for example, when they get older, can watch all six films in order. So for them, "Phantom Menace" always came before "A New Hope", so the revelation that Darth is Luke's father in "Empire" is no big deal, and more importantly, when Luke starts flirting with Leia, it's going to really be creepy.
I liked "Revenge of the Sith", it's WAAAY better than "Phantom Menace" an "Attack of the Clones", but not as good as "A New Hope" and of course the best, "Empire Strikes Back".