Thursday, May 26, 2005

A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away...

It has been almost 30 years since I saw the very first Star Wars movie as a youngster. I was thrilled by the story and the special effects and eagerly awaited each of the sequels. And now I can go to my reward in peace. I have seen all six and feel that the circle is complete.

I'm not going to give away any secrets (not that the whole world doesn't know the plot anyway by now). Overall, I liked the movie. I learned along time ago to go in to movies like this with very low expectations. That way I am never disappointed and usually enjoy the experience.

What I liked about the movie - No annoying child actors (Anakin as a boy), Jar Jar or Ewok creatures. Fast pace kept the action coming, sometimes a bit too fast. And of course the special effects and set designs are always great!

What I didn't like - Padme's death - I knew it was coming, but I hated to see Natalie Portman go. Dreadful dialogue - but that's nothing new. If you weren't up to date with your online Stars Wars reading, you may have been lost in all the various things happening around the galaxy - I obviously was not caught up. Anakin's seduction to the dark side seemed far too easy. And the fact that the wisest Jedis in the galaxy (endowed with the power of the Force no less) couldn't figure it out seems a bit of a stretch. But hey, you must suspend disbelief, right?

I know a lot of writers are trying to find some liberal/conservative angle in the plot, but I'm not interested in pursuing that. I'm just glad its out. Now the big question. What will Lucas do next with this story?

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