(2005) dir. George Lucas
viewed: 05/23/05 at Loews Metreon Theatres, SF, CA
I got to see this on the IMAX screen by accident. I scheduled my ticket around the play times and didn’t realize what I had gotten myself into. That said, it was pretty cool. It looked great on the large format. And besides all the disappointment that the second trilogy of Star Wars has brought, this film was pretty satisfying.
That is not to say that it did entirely away with the groan-inducing dialogue or some of the hysterically ridiculous acting, but those problems were mitigated by a much more compelling story and the fact that Hayden Christiansen finally got to act like a bad guy instead of a petulant teen.
People are totally crazy about Star Wars, and it has turned me off of the films a lot more than I might have otherwise been turned. I loved the series as a kid and was excited about this second series as an adult, though the actuality of the films really dampered that ultimately. But people are too crazy about these films; it’s like a religious experience or deeper, their commitment to the minutiae and the fantasy. It annoyed me in film school, but it’s so prevalent on the internet…you want to just say, “Get over it already!!”
But really, I enjoyed this film much more than I thought I would. I think the most telling part of that was that I was thinking to myself that I really wouldn’t mind seeing it again. And honestly, though I did see the original Star Wars (1977) about 20 times in the theater as a kid (in the days not long before the VCR made that a more obsolete issue), I really don’t have the time, money, or energy to see films more than once on the big screen. It virtually never happens. And maybe it won’t this time, either.
But I liked it, better than Episodes I & II (hands down) and even more than Return of the Jedi (1983), which I never really cottoned to in the first place. That’s my opinion, anyways.