I didn't plan it this
we actually saw Revenge of the Sith at 12:01am the first night
opened. No, really! I just went out to buy tickets for early next week
in case there was a line. We drove up to the theater downtown
8:30 or so, and there was a line for the midnight showing. I didn't
think, hello, they did this for the last two movies (and probably the
couple before that), so I talked my significant-but-annoyed other into
taking a disco nap and coming back to the theater a couple hours later.
Wow. It so rocked. I mean, I
was kind of
ambivalent about the last couple movies, but... man! Go see it. If you
hurry, you'll get nerds with plastic battery-operated lightsabers a few
rows ahead of you just like we had. If you think that's dumb, then
probably in need of pharmacological assistance. Just sayin'.
I used to just about
new Star Wars movies, but the last couple had kind of
me against any real enthusiasm. As it turned out, that was probably a
thing. I mean, I could have gone into Sith like I did with Matrix
Revolutions (which almost made me leave vomiting on the street
the theater afterward with all its wasted potential). Instead, this
Wars was just plain awesome. And if I sound like a 12 year-old
that, it's because the movie had the desired effect of making me feel
I think I was in a state of
from the start of this one. I honestly, didn't think this one was
going to be very good. There really wasn't any reason to think it
would be after the last couple films. This one isn't perfect, but
it's really, really damned good. If there's any sadness, it's
things are wrapping up when it looks like Lucas is finally getting
up and running on par with the best of the original trilogy. Why
stop now? Especially when the Emperor is the single coolest
in all of cinema right now! I would love to see another trilogy
brings him back, but Lucas is back to the iconoclasticism that made him
a gazillionaire to begin with, and he's saying this is it for the
Even the diehard fans are starting to accept this.
The new movie doesn't have as
a dramatic a moment as, say, Luke hanging over the bottomless chasm in
Empire, but I have to admit I could have used some beta blockers during
the climax this time around. It just rocked. I couldn't wait to
see it again... and I'm the guy who never watches the same movie twice
(except for Contact and Fight Club).
[I posted this to
as a bulletin a few weeks after the movie opened]
It has come to my attention
that some of
you have not seen Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith yet.
is just unfortunate.
Not that George Lucas is going
trouble putting his kids through college if you don't go, but I'm in a
kind of Jesus-freaky mood where I've had a euphoric experience (albeit
complete fantasy, hence the Jesus-freak analogy) and I just have to
it with people who frankly couldn't give a damn.
Fine. But you're going to
to read this anyway. Mostly because I'm kind of a car wreck, and
you can't help but slow down long enough to gawk.
I realize that, coming from me,
review of a Star Wars movie might seem about as objective as Fox News
cross burnings at the Republican National Convention, but I have to
you in all seriousness, the movie rocks. And it shouldn't work at
I mean, the protagonist turns
out to be
the bad guy, the romantic lead is pregnant through the whole thing, and
everyone dies before it's over. Oh, did I give too much
You've known what happens next since the "sequel" came out in
If you are shocked by the revelation that Darth Vader's gal give birth
to twins, then you must be living in a galaxy far, far away.
So what's so great this time,
(Or, as you put it, Get on with things already, fanboy!)
Well, the opening sequence is
of any Star Wars movie. In fact, it's better than most
in their entirely. About five minutes into is I thought, "Holy
It's cool to like Star Wars again." That hasn't been the
since May of 1983 or thereabouts.
And there are so many
that anyone with a Freudian bent will be convinced George Lucas just
Viagra. Also, I'm sure everyone who found Hayden Christensen as
as I did will be looking forward to the immolation scene. Still,
I have to warn you, it's pretty freaky when you do get to it. (I
saw it with Kristi, and she had her hands to her face through most of
Most importantly (well, for
me), John William's
score this time is across the board the best thing he's written since The
Strikes Back (which is only the greatest soundtrack of all time,
in my "expert" opinion). Honestly, if you are the music lover you
claim to be (those Stone Temple Pilots cds in your collection not
then you will be there straight on through the credits to hear every
This score has more new themes and better arrangements of and
on the original themes than anything in the saga. I canNOT stop
this soundtrack. Or making sound effects in the background while
If I sound like a 12-year old
or all of this, then the movie had the desired effect.
Unless you're from the future,
that none of you gets the opportunity to time-travel that often (I'm
counting drink specials), so I can't imagine why you would pass up a
to watch a good Star Wars movie on the big screen. Go see
Later, we can get a couple plastic lightsabers and go play in my yard.
I saw it the second time
my friend Kristi (referenced in that bulletin), and she got up to leave
as soon as the credits started. I was like, "Hey!" and reminded
that this is just about the best music you're ever going to hear.
When the lights finally came up all the way we found that there was
couple with us, so we didn't feel too bad. That score was
It blew away the last couple that only introduced two or three new
only one of which was memorable from each. This one had some
surprising pieces that didn't sound like the usual things. In
the music played under the scene between Palpatine and Anakin at the
and the music during the scenes where Anakin is trying to decide
to help Palpatine or not. There's no dialogue, just a montage of
one-shots of the relevant characters. It's probably one of the
sequences in the movie. And unusual for Lucas. I don't
those statements are mutually exclusive.
I think this trilogy was
not for the fans but rather to please one person: Lucas' son,
When the first movie came out, Jett was maybe 6 or 7. When George
was writing it, he put in things that were age-appropriate for that
in his kid's life, Jar Jar being the stand-out example. The
movie matured a little, but was still pretty juvenile. This last
one finally was appropriate for a PG-13 audience (which his kid was a
of by the time of the release). Incidentally, Jett plays the Jedi
kid who gets killed trying to escape the temp when Bail Organa shows up.
There were a lot of
didn't get explored this time around. For example, Han Solo was
the early drafts. I bought the "Making of" book for this one, and
it's really fun to read. It is written in chronological order as
the production progressed, so you see the evolution. I haven't
very far in it yet though, but Han was supposed to be 10 years old in
movie. He just didn't fit in though. There honestly wasn't
any room for him. Originally, there were a lot of scenes with him
and Yoda together. WTF? I have no idea how they were supposed to
have known one another, and that didn't gel with the secular character
we all know and love from the original trilogy.
What Lucas did right this time
was to streamline
the story to deal with only what was relevant. No indulgent
scenes, no irrelevant action sequences, just the story. There was
more than enough backbone here deliver a great film without unnecessary
asides, and this approach left room for the all-important sequences
Anakin and Palpatine. Those made this movie work.