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The Road Goes On

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 1:59 PM

I have a bad feeling about this . . .

Not really. I'm just a little sentimental as I realize that that line won't be spoken in any more new Star Wars movies.

I don't know if the pope was sentimental as he watched it, but he clearly had the best seat in the house for this showing at the Vatican:

(Just kidding . . . . via Scandal of Particularity, via Amy Wellborn).

My wife and I saw Episode III Saturday. I was going to have to wait longer than that. We had plans to go camping that night at a state park about an hour away. When I walked outside about noon, summer had all of a sudden arrived with a vengeance in Central Texas (high 90s and high humidity). So we decided to spend the afternoon at the movies and leave for the campsite a few hours later.

Our first married camping trip was a success, but I don't think I'll want to go again (at least not in Texas) until October.

I've never been able to decide if this recent trilogy is that lame, or if I'm just not a kid anymore. I like them mainly for the nostalgia: hearing the John Williams soundtrack, watching the opening text float across the screen, seeing amazing special effects and remembering how much I was enthralled by the starfighter battle scenes twenty years ago.

I enjoyed watching this one. Since all the groundwork had essentially been laid, there was nothing left but for the plot to unfold, with mostly fast-paced action. I appreciated that John Williams was able to work in just about every major musical motif from the original trilogy, including "Leia's theme" at the very end.

In the end, though, I can't say I really cared for any of the characters in these movies. Nothing and no one was extremely compelling. I know I'm just adding to the dogpile when I moan about the acting and script. (I actually think the acting was alright -- esp. the Brits. They just didn't have much to work with. As for Anakin/Christensen, that's a different story).

That's not to say that the themes weren't there to make it something really memorable. Lee responds to those who didn't see sufficient reason for Anakin's dramatic turn by showing how it can be viewed from a very traditional Christian perspective (see George Lucas, Augustinian?). Anakin's fall is not so much succumbing to evil itself than it is the consequence of disordered loves.

I would've liked to have seen something similar portrayed with the rise of the empire. If Lucas really wanted to make a point about the current U.S. administration or simply the precariousness of liberty generally, he could have tried to show us in a personal and compelling way why more average people (aliens, whatever) really feared the trade federations/separatists and thought acquiescing with the rise of the empire was the only way to protect something good and dear to them. Instead, most of the large-scale battles in this recent trilogy are largely between two sides that have no strong pull on our sympathies (especially when you know it's all orchestrated by Palpatine, anyway).

Blogger gavin richardson said...

just curious, is that the chair equivalent of the pope-mobile.  


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