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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Geek Out Episode I: Episode III


Craaaazy Palpatine
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Well, it's a bit late on the update (rhymage, bitch) but I'm finally getting around to giving my impressions of Episode III, for all to hear. Or read. Whatever. First off, I should probably introduce this blog a little bit. As much as I hate the word 'blog,' I think that this page's layout was too damn cool for me to let go to waste. So this is gonna co-exist with my livejournal (check the link...over THERE, BABY-->). I'll write my hardcore nerdy shit on this blog, thus the name...and I'll please my adoring fans on my LJ at the same time. I don't want to say I'm multitalented, but I actually do because I am.

So onto Star Wars. I went to see it opening day right after school along with whole slew of other "Warsies" (why is there a name for Star Trek fans but not for Star Wars fans...wookies? Does that work?). Now, let me preface this by saying that I enjoyed the last two prequels. That probably invalidates my opinion for a whole lot of you out there, but I stand by it, or I "stick to my guns"--as I like to say from time to time, because it just makes me chuckle. So, where was I. Right. Star Wars on Thursday with the Geek Squad. I truly believe that I was the only one there who was uber-pumped to see it, though.

So the lights dim, the movie plays, the credits roll, and I've seen the movie. The last Star Wars movie EVER, if Lucas has anything to say about it (which I'm sure he does). My initial reaction? "Man, that movie kicked ALL kinds of ass!" So I was all pumped to enter full-on geek mode with my buddies and talk for hours about my favorite parts. Turned out, that would be a very short conversation for some of them. I was surprised, I honestly was. Based on the reviews this movie was getting (they're good, in case you didn't know), I expected them all to be jumping up and down with excitement after seeing it, much like I was. And, yeah, a few of them said it was pretty good to good, but none of them thought it was "I-want-to-go-back-in-the-theater-and-wait-until-they-show-it-again" good like I did. And a couple of them outright hated it, the bastards.

I kid, I kid. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion and I'm big on respecting that. But that doesn't mean I can't disagree with it. Revenge of the Sith is a great movie. I mean that, it really is. A perfect movie? Not by a long shot, no. But it's certainly the best of the prequel trilogy, and in all honesty, deep in my heart I feel that this is my second favorite Star Wars film out of them all, following the un-paralleled Empire Strikes Back.

This movie had it all. Action, suspense, emotion, surprises, effects...you name it. And the dialogues and the acting - not nearly as bad as people say it is. I went in there expecting the worst based on everything I had heard, and that's not what I got. I got Hayden Christensen acting like an actual person, I got an emotional (albeit unbelievably uncharacteristic) performance from Natalie Portman, and McGregor and McDiarmad (or as I call them, "the Mac-daddies") were great, as usual. And there was a lot of good writing here too. "So this is how liberty dies...with thunderous applause" comes to mind.

Then again, there were some few truly terrible scenes. The scene with Anakin watching Padme on the balcony makes you want to scream "WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!?" In fact, quite a few of the Anakin/Padme scenes evoked that reaction in me. And Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine) has some HORRENDOUS moments during the Palpatine/Mace Windu fight. The faces he makes while he's fighting are so ridiculous (see the pic accompanying this entry) and him screaming "NO...NO...NO" in this goofy voice was just absolutely terrible. But since he's great for the rest of the film, I can basically let this slide. I also didn't like the Darth Vader scene. Badly recorded dialogue by my main man Mufasa, and poor movements by Christensen (honestly, how hard is it to move good?) Something I really don't like is how Padme (such a strong woman in the first two films) is reduced to a whiny housewife in this Episode with little to no backbone.

But the good in this movie definitely outweighs the bad. I loved the space-fighting opening scene, accompanied by the Anakin/Obi-Wan team-up scene, very reminiscent of Qui Gon and Obi-Wan in Episode I. And the final fight scenes are fantastic as well...okay, all of the fight scenes are fantastic. From the moment Anaking burns up in the lava world, this movie is virtually untouchable. It ends on a very high note. The twins are born, Vader is born, Padme dies, Luke and Leia are given to their respective foster homes, and Obi-Wan and Yoda go into exile. Perfect ending (even though I hate the bad cuts, like the obviously missing Qui-Gon scene). The point is, you really feel for the characters in this movie. I don't think that would have been possible without the first two Episodes. I think that if you all really thought about it, you would realize that Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones really add something to the saga and contribute to the connection you fell with these characters.

Okay, it's work-time, so I'll update soon with a full report of the 24 finale. Geek on, fools!

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