Thursday, May 19, 2005

Star Wars, Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith



In case you hadn't heard the sixth (and final?) Star Wars movie is out now (they really should do more marketing on this thing or nobody's gonna go see it :-)

David Elliott, the sometimes curmudgeonly movie critic of my local paper, the
San Diego Union-Tribune, ripped this movie in his review today. This was not a bit surprising, of course...he undoubtedly went in knowing he wasn't going to like it...but I still had to wonder why he bothered.

This movie is critic-proof...the faithful and the curious will, the disappointments of
The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones notwithstanding, turn out in droves no matter how many brickbats are aimed at it (Elliott's review is entitled "Grilled Cheese." Heh. Yeah, that's a good one, Dave.)

There is no real suspense...it's a prequel, we already know pretty much how the story here is going to turn out...but that's not the point. Star Wars movies are not as much about the plot as they are about the experience (seeing Anakin's winding road to becoming Darth is all well and good but the cool fanboy moment is, of course, when the familiar black helmet goes on and James Earl Jones' voice echoes through the theater.) Like a rollercoaster ride, you just hang on and enjoy the thrills and, in the end, you return right where you started from not very much changed...but hey, you had one heck of a ride!


George Lucas is probably guilty of trying to make these movies seem more profound than they really are...whatever echoes of Joseph Campbell's teachings there might be in the overall narrative, the movies owe as much (if not more) to Flash Gordon serials and to Marvel Comics...but they're his babies and he's allowed to take them too seriously if he wants to.


Me, I'd rather just grab some popcorn and enjoy the ride.

8 comments:

Ms. Mac said...

Being a mother of 3 and a child born in 1970, Star Wars usually has a special place in my heart but I was so very disappointed in the last one....

Wary....

Gunnar said...

Michael, could you please drop by my blog today, so i know that my new welcome message works fine?
It should say something like this
"A very special welcome to all the americans!" in the top, before the daily posting (Well, if you visit from america that is, of course).
Thanks,
Gunnar.

Arethusa said...

No movie is critic-proof, least of all Star Wars, don't be silly. ;)

CT said...

good times...

Tara Tainton said...

Finally, someone who understands the true appeal of the movie and entire series. :) I"m so sick of seeing all the criticism from folks that knew what to expect and were still disappointed.

I've been finding your site a ton of fun and always entertaining as I surf the major blog exchanges. Thanks for the much needed break. I'll be back for more!

Johnnie Walker said...

It was definitely worth the 2+ hours viewing time. :)

o'eo said...

I just could not brave the crowds of the first weekend. Can't wait to see it. I too was disappointed in the last one. This one is supposed to tie it all together

Daldianus said...

THe story telling kinda sucked but the action and visuals were wuite good!