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Friday, May 20, 2005

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith 

Okay - here's my review....

Overall, I really enjoyed it. It was good - for a Star Wars movie ;) I wasn't expecting it to be the most brilliant movie ever made, but it did live up to my expectations of it being the best movie of the 3 prequels.

Things I really liked:

Ewan McGregor: he really did an amazing job over the course of the 3 prequels transforming Obi-Wan Kenobi from the young apprentice in Episode I to the oh-so-close-to-becoming-Alec-Guiness from Episode IV. For a Star Wars movie, I thought it was really good acting. (for whatever that's worth - plus, I just really like Ewan McGregor)

I love some of the tie-ins that they subtlety made:
The ship that Senator Organa brought Yoda and Obi Wan Kenobi on was the same ship that his adopted daughter, Leia would be captured from in the beginning of Episode IV. That was one of my favorite parts!

I love that C3PO and R2 D2 were given to Captain Antiles. (who C3P0 tell Luke is his rightful owner in Episode IV). I'm also glad that they mentioned that they wiped C3P0's memory after Episode III, but not R2D2s. Hey Mom - Captain Antiles really is related to Wedge! (Wedge's last name is also Antiles, just like we thought!)

I LOVED the reference to Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) at the end of the movie when the Emperor was showing Darth Vader the beginnings of the Death Star. They had a CGI (although a good one) character of Grand Moff Tarkin standing next to the Emperor, then walking away when Darth Vader entered. Very clever, and subtle.

oh - i also liked the physical transformation of Palpatine to The Emperor (as we know him) when he is battling with Mace Windu. I thought that was a pretty cool transition that actually made sense.

Questions or holes in the plot:

Okay - remember how when Luke asked Leia if she remembered her mother in Episode VI? She replied that she did, but they were only vague memories, and that she was very sad. Well.......... according to this, Leia never knew her mother at all, just as Luke never knew her since she died in childbirth.

I also thought it was kind of lame when they were deciding what to do with the babies: Senator Organa piped in saying he and his wife would take the Leia and love her like their own because they always wanted a little girl. Okay, fine. Take the girl. Let's then ship the boy off to live with his Uncle and Aunt on Tantooine.

Speaking of which: if they were really trying to hide Luke and Leia from Darth Vader (Anakin) then WHY would they send Luke off to live with his relatives on Tantooine? Any WHY would they keep his last name? Actually, wasn't his Aunt & Uncle's last name "Lars"? Shouldn't he have been named "Luke Lars" and had them raise him as a son?

And I really wonder whey they had Padme die of...what...a broken heart? She no longer had a will to live? WHAT?! Shouldn't she want to live for her children? I think it would have been much more convincing if she had died by Anakin's hand. Would have been much more dramatic, and actually be a reasonable cause for her death.

..and was it me, or was her whole character really "fluff" in this movie?

Why didn't Chewbacca ever mention his past with helping out Yoda/jedis after Episode III?

Things that just made me laugh (as all Star Wars bad dialog should)

When Padme was dying in childbirth, and just announces the name of each baby as they were born. Ummmm.... shouldn't there be some interesting reason why she chose those names?

Darth Vader standing up, and screaming, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
It was reminiscent of Captain Kirk in the Wrath of Khan. :)

That's all I can think of right now. I'm sure there's more, but I wanted to make sure to get this down while I'm thinking about it. Perhaps I'll write more later.

Overall, I really enjoyed it! It was a nice bridge between the prequels, and the original series. (as it should be!)

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