May 26, 2005 Revenge of the Sith So it was OK. There may be a few spoilers in here so if you haven’t seen it yet you might want to stop reading. It was alot like the other 2 new ones in it’s feel. I think I’ve finally pinned down for me what I don’t like about them all. There’s not really a core group of characters. The only character who feels like a main character is Obi Won (who I think is a good character and the only actor who properly acts his part imho). It just doesn’t seem like you see enough of the others. Lucas spends too much time with other people on other worlds. The scope is too big. In the first 3 there was almost no scenes without Luke, Han, Darth or the Princess. He managed to give you the big picture through them as opposed to leaving them to show scenes of other characters you don’t care about. In Sith, even after watching the romance between Anakin and the Princess for 3! movies I just don’t buy it. I don’t feel like I know them. You don’t buy it the way the romance between Luke, Han, and leia worked. I think Lucas has access to too much damn money combined with the fact that he doesn’t have the passion for making Star Wars that he did with the first 3. Too many scenes rely on special effects. The special effects are perfect, especially in this movie, but they don’t add to the story. Many scenes were better in the old movies, because you could tell that Lucas couldn’t actually do what he wanted to do and had to compromise. Now with the great technology he can do anything. I think that takes alot away from the creativity. He knows we know how the story ends to why doesn’t he shake it up a bit? I mean basically everything happens how you know it will and there are very few surprises. You get the feeling through the entire picture that he’s just going through the motions. That every scene is just there to get you to an answer you already know. Why not through us some curves? Give me some traitors, spies, double crosses, something. OK now some specifics in Sith, I’ll start with stuff I didn’t like: For being 3 movies long I just don’t buy how Darth falls to the dark side. It all happens way to quick. I think his fall to the dark side should have really started in movie 2 so that this movie could have dealt more with it. Instead all we get is a few scenes of the chancellor talking to him and a vision of his wife dying and that drives him to kill all the Jedi??? I wish Vadar had become Vadar half way through instead of at the very end. That’s what everyone wants to see, we want to see the big black menacing figure dominating worlds. Instead we get 1 minute of him and a very poorly done final scene. Give me some more James Earl Jones damn it!!! Yoda. Come on. I thought Lucas did a good job with Yoda coming back to challenge the chancellor, but then he falls down and sneaks away in a pipe???? That’s it? He was winning the damn fight! OK I know he can’t actually win because that wouldn’t work, but can he be a bit more powerful? I mean they’ve made him look like an idiot in all these movies, making all kinds of bad decisions. Can he have one moment of glory? More Yoda. One of the biggest things I wanted to see is how Yoda ends up on the swamp planet. It’s one of the few aspects where you don’t know how he got there with no ship, stranded, etc. Well we don’t find out!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At the end of this movie he’s at a rebel base on an asteroid, huh?? How the heck does he get to the swamp? If he was with the rebels then why isn’t he with them in the old movies? This is where I think they needed a few more scenes with Vadar in his full attire fighting and dominating Obi Won and Yoda and sending them into exile. Not them just hanging out with the rebels and that’s it. Alright there’s probably more, but here’s a few good things: I looooooved General Grievous. Finally a character that’s interesting. He coughs, he’s got a good personality, he uses 4 light sabers! But I have to say Lucus lets us down here too. They show you that he’s part human, that he has a heart, he uses light sabers. Can you give us the scoop? Was this some type of v1 Vadar? Make him a Sith or something. That would have been cool. Instead he just gets killed and you don’t hear about it anymore. Bigged missed opportunity there. There was about 20 minutes of thrilling scenes near the end which I really liked. The battle between Obi Won and Vadar and the Yoda/Chancellor battles were very good. Lucus did make it much more gory than the others and it needed to be. He took it about as far as he could get away with which I thought was good. He finally got the cities right. The first 2 movies the cities were far to bubbly. Not believable at all. Here many of the buildings are more square, some of the night scenes look like a really big Manhattan and are much more convincing, I’d say very close to perfect. The only downside is that he uses them way too much. The cityscape is in every single scene and is distracting after a while because the camera almost seems more focused on the background than the actors. There’s probably a few others, but I can’t remember them right now. Overall you need to see it because you’re supposed to but I won’t see it again in the theater. It wraps things up, though a bit too predictably. Think I’ll watch the Empire Strikes Back today and get some of that old Star Wars feel.