* SPOILERS *
* WELL, NOT REALLY. I RECKON EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENS *
* BUT JUST IN CASE YOU’VE JUST COME BACK FROM LIKE .. THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN OR SOMETHING *
* THERE ARE MAYBE SPOILERS *
* SO WATCH OUT *
I liked it. I liked it a WHOLE lot more than Episodes I and II. I liked it more than Jedi, I think. It’s re-watchable. I shall see it again.
However, it’s definitely a flawed work.
I simply _never_ got into Hayden Christensens work in this movie. He’s simply not a very believable actor in this, or either of the other two. I haven’t seen any of his other work, so I don’t know if it’s him, or the way he was made to act, but Jesus, he’s terrible. I can’t belive that _Poe_ actually PRAISED his acting in this one! Really wasn’t working for me.
Oh, and for fucks sake, it’s 2005. You should never, never, NEVER use the “Someone shouts ‘NOOOOOO!!!’ while the camera does a pull-away.” bit of cinematography in this day and age, unless you’re taking the piss. This actually happens at a juncture that is meant to be serious and emotional. I laughed. Out loud. I wasn’t alone.
While we’re talking about that scene, Darth FUCKING Vader should NOT … EVER … walk like Frankenstiens Monster. You think I’m kidding? Go watch it again.
Palpatine’s prosthetic wrinkly-face. Pretty much looked like he was wearing a $2.99 “Evil Star Wars Emperor” latex mask, obtained from Mike’s Discount Costume Shop (Renn Fairs a Speciality! Ask about Discount Doublets!). I mean, the other stuff I didn’t like could be argued as stylistic preferences, but this special effect was simply cheap-ass. No idea why it was allowed into the final cut.
On the plus side:
Ian McDiarmid. Oh man, he _stole_ this movie. STOLE it. He’s GREAT. Even behind Mr Plastic Potato Emperor Head Face, he’s _excellent_.
No Jar-Jar. Well, a cameo. No speaking at any time. Nice.
Some very nice transition of tech from the last couple of movies, to the start of Episode III.
All in all, enjoyable. I don’t mind having spent money to see it. That’s a LOT more than I can say about the last two.