May 24, 2005

Thoughts on Star Wars

You know, I don't understand all the dissing of Episodes I and II. I love Episode I. The pod race was freaking cool, and I am totally enamored with Darth Maul. The lightsaber duels were way better than anything we saw with the original three movies.

Anyway, got Rolling Stone in the mail today, and Darth Vader is the coverboy. First thing I read was the article by Kevin Smith, and I quote:

The rest of us who grew in the sixteen years between Jedi and Phantom Menace view the new trilogy for what it is: three movies, not three impossible-to-fulfill expectations of folks who need a bearded billionaire in flannel to dream for them.

I went into each of the three new movies hoping for some cool special effects, action, and escapism. I think I got them. I don't understand what else it is that people were expecting. Maybe once you know the story so well, you see it in your own head one way and set yourself up for disappointment when it's realized another way.

Posted by Jennifer at May 24, 2005 11:14 PM

Ok, not SO bad... but did they REALLY have to have Annakin's mother say "He has no father"? Wasn't there ANY other way to dismiss the importance of who his father was?

However, you're right. It's just a movie. Relax & enjoy :-)

Posted by: Harvey at May 25, 2005 08:55 AM

No! I will not go down without a fight!

Seriously, I mostly find them boring, because they are so disconnected emotionally. I connect to the original three. I can't find any emotional content in the later three. This makes me sad.

And the hyperactive motion of the later three drives me crazy. The screen crawls with nonstop motion, even in the quiet scenes. Do we need thirty million ships and bots milling around in all the backgrounds?

I'll stop now.

Posted by: Keith at May 25, 2005 12:58 PM

I don't compare I, II, and III to IV, V, and VI. They are really separate trilogies, with completely different tones. Sure, some of the characters, such as Jar Jar, came out silly to some. But people were expecting IV to VI, and they aren't. People should chill out and enjoy the differences.

Posted by: William Teach at May 25, 2005 01:19 PM