Thursday, May 19, 2005

Two thumbs up
I’ve only seen this, the first one (when it first came out!), a revival of The Empire Strikes Back and most of Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Loved the first one (and it still holds up nearly 30 years on!) but didn’t understand what all the fuss was about with the others.

In fact going into this I wasn’t clear what a Sith was.

Now I understand.

It’s got the goods — strong characters to care about, a story with both epic/mythic and personal elements without getting preachy (but there are good moral lessons) or soppy and of course ace realistic computer-enhanced effects, so good that it was the only time besides watching IMAX that flying scenes made me dizzy and disoriented (in the film’s first few minutes!)

Obi-Wan Kenobi rules and Ewan McGregor does a spot-on Alec Guinness impression (he also looks and sounds, so I’ve read, like the last Tsar!). Next to nobody under 50 really talks like that anymore, which is too bad.

The soldier droids look somewhat like H.R. Giger’s aliens.

It’s better than ‘Star Trek’ hands down.

Current events are obviously very much on George Lucas’ mind.* Padme has some of the best lines including:

This is how liberty dies — with thunderous applause.
And yes, some of the major plot turns and scenes are sad — it is darker than the others.

*After all, making and releasing the movie now seems timely though as this review says (the link should work until the 25th May) Lucas wrote the story about 30 years ago and claims it’s partly about current events then — Darth Vader is Richard Nixon!

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