The Unbelievable Sith

Maybe I should have said "next day or five"! I'm travelling on the East Coast. The lands near the British surrender to one LaFayette have now been thoroughly raped and plundered by me, and I am now in a Starbucks just outside the land of thieves D.C.

One of the unfortunate things about doing a one line review of a movie is that you can't point out the good spots and the bad spots or explain why you thought various bits make or break the overall movie. Since I feel the need to do spoilers, all the meat is on page 2.

The entire prequel trilogy story has a very good story line. The fall of a liberal, republican government into a despotic dictatorship presents lots of plot and sub-plot opportunities with a broad range of characters and places. In short this should be an excellent tale of epic proportions. The twin story lines of Anakin becoming Vader and the Republic becoming the Empire are pure genius. The twisted plot of The Phantom Menace and the confusion and insecurity of the Clone Wars used as reasons for Palpatine to accumulate power and set himself up as Emperor harken back to the fall of the Roman and Weimar republics, creating a sense of reality in an otherwise unreal story.

The original Star Wars trilogy was not the greatest writing or the greatest acting, yet it was good enough. The plot line was simpler, and allowed for weaker dialog while still being a great set of movies. Unfortunately, the prequel trilogy requires greater character development, in fact the plots are all about character development, and this means it needs strong dialog.

Palpatine sure as hell didn't convince me to even think about joining the dark side, yet I am expected to believe his short bits of oratory convinced Anakin. Anakin’s transformation went from a gradual understandable process in Clone to a rapid “I just woke up in a foul mood so I’ll kill all the children”. WTF?!?

The Padme and Anakin scenes improved over Clone and at different points each actor showed that they can in fact act quite well. But they were still a bit awkward together. Part of that may be that it is very hard to act when the lines you are given are terrible.

Perhaps what is really getting me is that the quality of science fiction available in theatres and TV has grown considerably, while the quality of the Star Wars universe has not. I finally saw the new Battlestar Galactica about a month ago. The two two-hour made-for-TV movies and the 13 episode first season were very well done, exploring both grand philosophical issues and the mundane interactions between individuals. Every character is understandable (even the most contemptible ones!). Even the Cylons have character and grow through each episode.

I think the best thing that could be done with Star Wars would be for George Lucas to remake the prequel trilogy using the new Battlestar Galactica writers and producers.

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It is a word, means

It is a word, means uncultured in Russian, I believe.

I have seen 6 movies by George Lucas, I think, and I have liked two, enjoyed one, been bored to sleep by two, and was so bored by one that I seriously considered asking for my money back.

That movie, the Phantom Menace, was so awful that I swore then and there to never pay money to watch a George Lucas film again. It sounds like I haven't missed much, based on the constant refrain of various critics: good CGI, promising but poorly executed plot, dialogue that is so bad that even the most accomplished actors or actresses cannot breathe life into it, numerous logical contradictions and nonsensical plot devices.

nekulturney No making up

nekulturney

No making up words.

These reviews are somewhat

These reviews are somewhat interesting, since I'll never watch the film in question. Under no circumstances will I ever knowingly pay money to watch a feature film originated on anything but actual film (as opposed to "high definition" digital crap, video-to-film transfers, etc.)

A partial exception might be made for 3d animation, since it could be argued the process involve "photographing" computer imaging (via film recorders)but in practice none of that stuff interests me anyway.

Lucas is, in any case, a nekulturney Californicated airhead (with a certain commercial shrewdness, I suppose) and I'm glad to hear I'm not missing anything.

> I think the best thing

> I think the best thing that could be done with Star Wars would be for
> George Lucas to remake the prequel trilogy using the new Battlestar
> Galactica writers and producers.

I too think the best thing that could be done with Star Wars is a remake of the prequel trilogy, with Lucas in charge of the catering.

Until then, every copy of the current Episodes I-III must be hunted down and eliminated.

Dave, > I think the best

Dave,

> I think the best thing that could be done with Star Wars would be for
> George Lucas to remake the prequel trilogy using the new Battlestar
> Galactica writers and producers.

Heh. And that would be an excuse for him to bring in dough from another
three movies......be careful what you wish for.

As for myself, I saw the movie, and actually enjoyed it. Maybe I'm just
not as picky or something. I do think that the final pivot point where
Anakin finally went over to the dark side seemed a bit sudden. I'm going
to have to see it again to make sure I know what was really going on.

~Jon

Has George Lucas ever said

Has George Lucas ever said whether he intentionally gave the bad guys a name, "Sith", that is an anagram for "shit"?