Sunday, May 22, 2005

Star Wars Episode Fish: the good, the bad, & the horrifically disfigured.

it's been a couple of days since i've seen it, & of course i'm going to see it again, & wheresoever you go, people are discussing it, so i thought i'd offer my thoughts on Episode III.

i dug it.

this bit will be spoiler-free in the extreme, because myfit hasn't seen it, & she knows me & my cinematic tastes well enough to reach certain conclusions even if i'm not explicit. so it's not so much a review as a sketch, & as much on the context as the content, i guess.

we watched all the movies in the week leading up to Wednesday, but not the Clone Wars animated microseries, because that--what i've seen of it--is top-notch stuff, & i didn't want to raise my expectations too high. better to watch Episode II, & be able to say, Hey, at least the love scenes were shorter.

the movie grew on me, & by the morning after (when i stumbled about delirious from lack of sleep with light sabers frolicking in my head) i had come to appreciate it. everything that needed to be there was there, & though the pacing seemed awry--it slowed down when you didn't want to & all the best bits went superquick--i was pleasantly surprised by the way certain elements were handled.

Lucas didn't shy away from the darkness in this flick, & as soon as he went all twisty & evil i understood why they had cast Hayden Christenson in the first place. there are those out there who continue to be upset with the transformation of one of the most archetypal villains ever into a whiny & self-indulgent teenager, but it makes sense to me.

This flick though really belonged to the Emperor. this is his ascent, after all.

& it only goes to show that Obi-Wan really is the consummate Jedi, as well as why Darth Vader hates him so much. shudder.


Obi-Wan.

hmmm, i'm getting close to revealing too much. i ought to stop.

an interesting result of this third film is that people are now wondering how to view the series; e.g. some friends of ours have a new baby. will she grow up seeing them as 1-6 or will the original chronology linger? (i love popular culture.) if you watch the new ones first you lose the reveal of Luke & Leia's very interesting family tree (& the impact of one of the classic lines of cinema), but you also gain the reveal of the Senator/Emperor transition.

they're in the other room, talking about it again. i think if i'd written this 3 days ago i would have had a lot more to say, but by now i'm sick of stating my talking points. i'll come back to it later after only those living in hole won't know what happened.

besides, when it comes to sci-fi in the visual medium, give me Farscape any day. Farscape kicks Star Wars' ass around the universe (yes, i know people will be throwing things at me for that. i don't care.)

postscript: looking for aliens blowing up planets action? War of the Worlds is coming.

5 little fish:

Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

I agree with your comments about Anakin. I could see being more upset about his portrayal if the events in this movie led directly to the events of Ep. IV, but a good 17-20 years pass between these events and Ep. IV...plenty of time for the whiny teenager phase to pass and ultimate evil to set in!

10:39 AM  
Blogger Carpathian swam up to say...

For me, I have to say that Palpatine stole the show. A scene-stealer if ever there was one.....

11:59 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

Ok, I saw it - and perhaps i will post more of my disgust of lucas later...

have to say i was disapointed - but not surprised...

12:39 AM  
Blogger theleftsock swam up to say...

havent seen it. dont know if i will.

8:26 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

you're such a stand-alone character, sock.

10:52 AM  

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