Good points:

  1. The fight scenes were satisfying and frequent.
  2. The CG Effects were very, very good. Especially the settings. See it in a theater with a digital projector.
  3. If you like severing, there’s a whole lotta severin’ goin’ on in this picture.
  4. Social commentary, making this the deepest of the Star wars films.
  5. Ewen McGregger.

Bad points:

  1. The audience can’t feel the tragedy of a good man gone bad if they never really liked the character to begin with. Annikin has gone from boring and stiff (part one) to an entitled brat (part two). So his fall from grace is really just the story of one jerk becoming a bigger jerk.
  2. Awkward, cheesy dialog, but it wouldn’t be Star Wars without it.
  3. Jar-Jar was on the screen briefly and metaclorians were mentioned.

I could almost give the movie credit for having the bad guys win for a change, but we all know that was just to set up the sequel.
No reason not to see it.

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Comments: (5)


  1. I’m seeing it tomorrow afternoon with my SW-fanatic gf.

    Regarding goodpoint 4, did you happen to read Chrenkoff’s open letter to George Lucas (posted via my the other day)?

    Comment by radcapdotcom — May 19, 2005 @ 4:12 am

  2. George Lucus’ statements are a good example of why fiction writers should hide their message, both in the story itself and in interviews.

    If you look at the movie objectively without considering Lucus’ politics or anyone else’s, then the message is simply; “Don’t surrender to much power over to a central government without holding them accountable for what they do with that power.”

    Seems reasonable.

    Comment by tone_milazzo — May 19, 2005 @ 4:45 am

  3. I agree completely. It’s how I also can objectively appreciate Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will (to not go too far off the subject at hand, as it were).

    Was a surprise to me though when he said the original idea was because of the Vietnam conflict. I’m assuming that wasn’t an opportunistic comment… but George Lucas’s artist credentials to me have always been suspect, so who knows.

    BTW, somewhat completely off topic do you (or does anyone) know if Tolkien ever made clear what if any political ideas were behind LotR?

    Comment by radcapdotcom — May 19, 2005 @ 6:02 am

  4. I know that on the extras DVD of LOTR there were documentaries describing his experiences in WWI and watching the industrialization of England.
    There does seem to be an anti-industrial feel to LOTR but I don’t think he came out and said as much.

    Comment by tone_milazzo — May 19, 2005 @ 7:29 am

  5. I finally saw the latest film. The effects were good, but I found the story vacuous and dull. It’s almost like Lucas was saying “I need to finish this, I’m tired of this shit.”

    Comment by modemx — May 22, 2005 @ 1:19 pm

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