Friday, December 25, 2009

2005 - STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH, finishing up the series

Did not like this film.  It took me 4 years to finally watch the concluding film in the first trilogy.  Everyone has taken shots at the low quality of this since it first came out so there is not much more to add.  It seems the film's two biggest issues are the dialog and the acting. This is my 2 cents.

The dialog:

I don't believe what I'm hearing! Obi-Wan was right... you've changed! You have turned to the dark side! 

Army or not, you must realize, you are doomed.  

And then there's this love banter between Anakin Skywalker and Padme:

 You are so... beautiful.
 It's only because I'm so in love.
 No, it's because I'm so in love with you.
 So love has blinded you?
 Well, that's not exactly what I meant.
 But it's probably true. 

The cast was another problem.  Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Samuel L Jackson look like they want to be somewhere else.  Portman's part was particularly humiliating, she's stuck playing the traditional simpering female waiting around for her husband to come home.  Hayden Christensen, the big acting discovery, the person the whole movie should revolve around seems to be unable to generate any chemistry with any member of the cast.  If your main character is so uninteresting and bland, it's hard to work up much interest in his emotional conflict or the film he is in.  

It was almost like George Lucas's casting sense, the one that had worked so well in American Graffiti and The first Star Wars trilogy movies had deserted him completely.

Not wasting any more time thinking about this moving on.

140 long minutes.

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