Saturday, May 28, 2005

Episode III

Okay, I just have to put in my 2 cents.
This Movie was great!!!
Episode II was great!!!
Episode I was: you better believe it, great!!!

I guess I'm feeling like the odd man out here, but I like 'em all. And all the criticism sounds the same - I've heard it all, so I don't really want to hear it again.

Everyone and their DOG that criticizes Hayden Christensen comments that his acting is "wooden." Frankly, I was enthralled with the whole story, and not once when watching the film did I step out of engrossed-in-the-moment-mode, to say to myself, "this just doesn't work for me."

This was what they call a tragedy, and my heart sank every time Anikin crept closer to the Dark Side. When order 66 was initiated - that was a sobering moment that everyone in the theater was feeling, it was so heavy you could cut it with a knife.

This is good storytelling. It makes the Saga Complete.

I have so many thoughts about this, that this post is destined to be disjointed and an inadequate representation of every little Nook and Cranny of my Star Wars Thoughts.

Which brings to mind that these are my thoughts, I think that a lot of people that have issues with Star Wars are obsessing over their Feelings. Dwelling upon a nostalgic feeling of how this movie made them feel when they were a kid. That's all fine and dandy, but those feelings can mask truth. For instance, Thundercats. When I was but a lad I watched Thundercats Every Day, I Loved it! I played I was Lion-o and I constructed my own magical sword and sheath (I made a lot of toys that my parents couldn't afford to buy me). The point is, I caught an episode of Thundercats a few years ago on Cartoon Network, and it STUNK!!! It was horrible, I couldn't believe I spent so much time watching such ROT. But my feelings about Thundercats are another story, I still have fond memories of it - but frankly the memory is far better than the truth.

I think there's a similar phenomenon happening with Star Wars, everyone remembers how Cool it was and how great they felt as a kid watching those movies, and when they got older and began to understand the subtleties of the plot it became better. But if we're honest with ourselves, there was all the same elements that are nitpicked in the new Trilogy present in the Originals.
There is bad acting
There is bad dialogue
There are annoying characters
There are superb special effects

I know I know, you don't want to admit it, but it's true.
"But I wanted to go to Bacchi to pick up some power converters," is every bit as horrible as "wahoo" or "I'm beside myself," and, "what a drag." Problem is, that line is remembered fondly, in spite of it's status as both Bad Dialogue and Bad Acting. . . Heck Luke at that point could be considered an annoying character, every bit as whiny as his Father Anikin.

And speaking of annoying characters, let's talk about Jar-Jar Binks. Sure he's annoying, but don't tell me you haven't had to deal with somebody in you life that was completely obnoxious, because if you do - I know you're lying, or too young. Personally I think it adds a bit of realism.

Really I could go on and on like this all day.

But I won't, I'll just sum it up succinctly.
They're all great movies, with a generation spanning story line that enthrall me. Those who say otherwise are dwelling on minutiae and need to relax and maybe, just Maybe, remember that they're just movies and they don't pertain to anything of importance in the eternal scheme of things.


  1. As usual I agree with you.
    I loved watching the movies all in a row, it made it real for me and I finally understood the plot!

  2. so true and very well written. you say you are an artist but i think you have a little of a writer in you, too.

    There are lots of old shows I used to watch and now when I catch them on syndication they are awful! Have you caught an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air lately? I mean I love Will Smith but man was it cheesy! Holds true for just about any 80's sitcom. (okay, so I still love the Cosby Show....)