Saturday, May 21, 2005

Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith

Just back from watching the last installment of the Star wars saga - was much of the standard bill of special effects, blindingly fast light saber fights and a drug store good Vs. evil plot. I am going to write a short review starting off with the premise that the movie was a good entertainer and will mainly point out its faults. Before I go on I do have to say that the movie was a good entertainer and overall was good fun to watch.

The movie at times was so patchy in narration that I wondered if George Lucas wasn't tiring of the saga himself. It suffers from one of the faults most movies suffer from- its plot moves so quickly at times with things happening just so that the story moves ahead and at other times it moves so slowly that your beard starts to turn gray with anticipation. Tacky and overly sentimental dialogues on love made me shed some of my hair in frustration.

The storyboard did tie everything up nicely though with the rest of the series with a few or no loose ends. And of course, the fight sequences are spectacular but one is desensitized by so many of them over the entire series that they have lost their charm (much like the matrix fight sequences).

And in yoda's style of speech - enjoyable it was and home I have to go, so stop writing I will.

After thought - I read somewhere that it grossed over $50 million in the first day! I contributed my $5.25 towards the third day earnings, have you?

Edit 1: Forget did I another point of the battle of the two sides of the force within Anakin. There is absolutely no time for the audience to appreciate this battle and realize the circumstances that drove Anakin to embrace the dark side of the force. This transformation, inevitable to complete the circle, was such a matter of fact and over simplified that it came across as a trivial and lame transformation executed just for the sake of the story. Even potentially powerful scenes such as the one where Anakin distracts Samuel Jackson's character long enough for the emperor to pulverize him (Sam Jackson) was so artificial with regret and remorse in one second and subservience and allegiance in another that the transformation seemed too quick and affected to be true.

The storyboard and its urgency to come full circle is the driving 'force' behind this movie and overrides any other incidents that serve the bigger picture of the series.

Special effects and the like are state of the art but then which movie isn't?

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