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Star Wars III


May 19, 2005 07:01 PM PST

Natalie PortmanPaul's seen the new Star Wars movie with his illustrious company, and the rest of us will be doing the same tomorrow. In fact, we had to rent a whole chunk of the Galleria to fit our whole crew.

Let's get your first impressions...

Comments (11)

Paul, May 19, 2005 07:20 PM:

There seems to be quite a bit of chopping limbs off in this movie.

Paul, May 19, 2005 07:21 PM:

... but in a good way!

J, May 19, 2005 07:41 PM:

You must not have seen Sin City yet!

Paul, May 19, 2005 07:46 PM:

Nope, I think that's a rental. I've yet to see HHGTTG.. maybe this weekend.

J, May 19, 2005 07:58 PM:

I also need to see Hitchiker's Guide, since everyone here I know jonesed me. Star Wars may knock it out of the theaters here. What geniuses thought that burning $130 mil on Kingdom of Heaven was a good idea?

John, May 20, 2005 09:06 PM:

Not bad.

Paul, May 20, 2005 09:21 PM:

You meant, "Not bad compared to the other two".

John, May 20, 2005 11:31 PM:

Actually I think he tied things up nicely, and managed to keep the horrible dialog boxed into a few 2 minute chunks instead of one long 15 minute gag fest.
Ok I'll admit it, I liked it. There are you happy now?

J, May 21, 2005 12:06 AM:

I'd rate it #4 out of the 6 movies. The action was good, and it was nice to see the movie somewhat tied into the next series. That's a nice way to put it John... he boxed the dialog into short sequences so it didn't really matter. It's like he half learned what he should be doing, but didn't just get someone else to write the dialog.

I actually really liked the final segment, when Anakin is "severely" injured in the fight and becomes Vader. Until the Frankenstein walk, it was cool.

The Wookie world was a major disappointment. Rather than spend 10 minutes showing some idiocy of R2D2 sending the elevators the wrong way, playing the walkie talkie too loud and spewing oil on other droids, they could have elaborated on this more. But... plot and dialog aren't the strong points.

The worlds he creates are visually stunning, and the CGI creatures interacting with the people is incredibly seamless. The only really fake looking effect was when Dooku did a front flip over the railing at the beginning of the movie. It was really bad CGI for some reason. And the emperor's makeup was pretty bad too at times.

I'll see it again in the theater.

Hap, May 25, 2005 05:21 PM:

I don't know where I'de rate it 1-6. I liked it but I still haven't decided how much.

J, I think you miss the point of the whole R2 / wookie thing. The wookies / Yoda storyline was not part of the main story and only seemed to be included to explain why Yoda was off planet and to get Chewwie in the movie.

Meanwhile the R2 scene comes directly from Georges interest in mirroring the two series with some twist.

J, April 4, 2006 10:25 AM:

Saw V for Vendetta last week. Political overtones were heavier than I thought, but I didn't try to think about them too hard (but I can see Hollywood: "Bush!" *collectively shakes fist*). The totalitarian government was a bit over the top - it would have been more interesting if things weren't as black and white. I thought Syriana did a better job of greying the line between good and bad guys. Apparently the original writer of the comic book also agrees that they had the wrong political spin.

Standard Wachowski references to a bunch of different literature - not as heavy as "the architect" though (which is a good thing). If V's voice sounds familiar it's because he's "Agent Smith" from the Matrix. The mask V uses is also well done in the scenes - the insane smile always seems to fit - whether the scene is calm, sad or action. There is a good twist in the movie as well, which adds a lot of dimensionality to the characters.

In retrospect, I liked the movie primarily because of Natalie Portman's acting. She was pretty entralling to watch, and definitely made you care about what otherwise would have just been a decent action movie. I give the directors a lot of credit for not turning her into a Matrix/Serenity/Fifth Element type fighting character, especially with her Star Wars/The Professional pedigree.

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