Friday, September 29, 2006

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Tomorrow night, Sky airs the final "Star Wars" film, "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith." Originally released only last year, it is my least favorite of all the "Star Wars" films. Also, it is the only "Star Wars" film I have only paid to see once, at the cinema. Once again, George Lucas directs and that may be one of the problems. Known for giving actors very little direction, he manages to get even the usually strong Natalie Portman to seem lost in her performance. The storyline seems patchy and there are scenes that just seem thrown in, with no real purpose. For example, Lucas has long said he wanted to show the Wookie planet, where Chewbacca is from. He finally does so, but there seems no purpose to it, as far as plot development.
The transition of Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader seems unconvincing. A big objection, for me, is that "General Order 66" seems at odds with the supposed power of the Jedi. Jedi are supposed to be a bit prescient, yet they are almost all caught totally off guard. Still, the special effects are top quality. I will watch the film again, tomorrow night, and see if I like it any better on my second viewing.


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