25 April 2014

Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Siths

Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005
  • Director: George Lucas
  • Based on book: No
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Christopher Lee, Pernilla August, Ian MacDiarmid, Jimmy Smits, Samuel L. Jackson
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Ewan McGregor – The Ghost Writer, The Island, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Moulin Rouge, Young Adam, Little Voice, Velvet Goldmine, A Life Less Ordinary, Brassed Off, Train Spotting, Shallow Grave, Big Fish
    • Natalie Portman – Thor, Black Swan, Darjeeling Limited, V for Vendetta, Closer, Cold Mountain, Léon (The Professional), Paris je t’aime, Mars Attacks!, Anywhere but Here, Beautiful Girls, Heat
    • Hayden Christensen – Factory Girls, Virgin Suicides
    • Christopher Lee - Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow
    • Pernilla August   I don’t think I’ve actually seen her in a film but her Svinalängorna (she directed) is a masterpiece.
    • Jimmy Smits – Jane Austen Book Club, NYPD Blue, Switch
    • Samuel L. Jackson – 1408, Kill Bill, The Red Violin, The Negotiator, Jackie Brown, The Long Kiss Good-Night, Pulp Fiction, True Romance, Jurassic Park, Jungle Fever, Mo’ Better Blues, Sea of Love, Do the Right Thing, Ragtime
  • Why? Part of the series
  • Seen:  April 18, 2014

       We don’t watch this because it makes a lot of sense. Or because there’s an interesting variety of bad guys and battles.  It’s all quite same-old-same-old. Padmé even has the Carrie Fisher hairdo for a few minutes. Poor Natalie Portman! It’s so ugly!
       I am curious for awhile though – how is the Chancellor going to win over Anakin Skywalker to the Dark Side? Ani is so in love with pregnant Padmé and all.
       Ah but there’s a darkness in him.  Supposedly. I wish I could see it in the pretty but wooden face of Hayden Christensen.  The political intrigue, my goodness, it’s actually interesting. A little. For awhile. But it quickly becomes pretentious. 
       As before some of the special effects are cool. I like Obi-Wan’s superlizard. But Padmé has become a wimp. The Dark Force threat to her pregnancy and the distrust of the Jedi council being the cause if Anikin’s turning to the Dark Side are trite.  Darth Vader deserves to have a deeper darkness within him, a deeper cause for going bad.  His fiery fate is quite dramatic though.
       And so it ends. Am I disappointed? Yes, I’d hoped for more.  All along but especially in this last one. Oh well. I’ll pretend it’s not really bad and give the visuals and the music and Ewan McGregor and the passion of George Lucas

2 1/3 * of 5


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