Thursday, May 26, 2005

a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....

Last night I saw the new Star Wars movie. I have to say it was pretty good. I agree with most of what the Times had to say. It was marred by some silly dialogue, as remarked, such as

"You're so beautiful!"

"I love you."

"No, I love you."

"No, I love you!"

And Anakin still sometimes seemed like a petulent child (why is his nickname "Annie?" isn't that gay?). There are also some silly bits about fighting for democracy and let freedom ring, but apart from that, I was impressed. Possibly it was because the movie is pretty dark. Another good decision: Jar-Jar-Binks appears only once, for about three seconds, and is completely silent.

The last fifteen minutes or so of the movie is a fairly overt transition into the aesthetic of the first three movies (Episodes 4-6), with the Nazi-esque uniforms and the 1970's starship computer buttons. That was bold, and a nice touch (I thought).


The Common Anglican said...

Some think it a bold transition, I think it forced. It was decent, but no Return of the Jedi ;)


Thorpus said...

I loved it; no stupid comic relief. What's-his-name who plays anakin does a better acting job than before and even if he doesn't, he looks the part well. Was disappointed with What's-her-hame who plays Amidala: worst acting for her yet. Ewan Macgregor shines, of course, and Yoda is da' bomb. I would have liked it to be an hour longer and the betrayal of the jedi to have an extra, oh, 15 minutes or so.