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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Star Wars III: The spoiler free review

So I just got back from seeing Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and boy am I pissed. It started off pointless - the first 30 minutes were all action - mind you pretty action - but action nonetheless. Not a single plot point, not the barest thread of a story line emerges. Finally after a good 30 minutes the most meager of concepts, the faintest hint of a tie-in to the grand trilogy that stated it all creeps in.

The last 70 minutes were meandering. There were patches of passable dialog, sparks of acting or character development here or there. For the most part the entire film was centered on George Lucas and his over inflated reliance on special effects. Gone was the storytelling that made the original Star Wars such a success. Gone was the punchy but adequate dialog - to be replaced with childish links the movies yet to come and R2D2 as comic relief.

The movie managed to do very little in the two hours of screen time that it received other than set up the basic Star Wars world as set by Episode IV, Episode V, and Episode IV. Much of the movie seemed to be contortions the writer (I've heard George Lucas had this one ghost written) had to go through to avoid gaping plot holes (he failed) between the mess of the first two movies and the well established Star Wars Universe created by the original trilogy. The actual new creative content and theatrical concepts introduced could have easily been fit into a 15 minute short film.

It's sad - the original Star Wars is easily one of my top 10 favorite moves of all time. As much as I really lacked passion of the rest of the series I could tolerate them. Episode III on the other hand is one of the few movies I have seen in my life and actively hated.

So yeah - I'm a little tipsy, a little pissed off, and quite fully wanting my two hours back. Now I'm going to cuddle up on the couch, and watch Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope to try and regain my faith in the science fiction genre of cinematography.

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