(2008) dir. Dave Filoni
viewed: 08/23/08 at AMC Loews Metreon 16 with IMAX, SF, CA
This ain’t your father’s Star Wars, unfortunately, I could have said to my son.
Animated in a style meant to reflect the puppet-stiffness of the 1960’s cult British television kids programme, Thunderbirds, the design and animation features an aesthetic that rules severely over its own quality. While the characters are no better actors than those in the latter trilogy of creator George Lucas, their stiffness is a little less embarrassing than the humans that usually get to deliver such crappy lines.
It’s a lot of the action, some of the characters, and about nothing else to offer the less deeply invested fan of the Star Wars universe. How much disappointment do they feel? Or is this just part of the bigger picture? Watering down a franchise further and further from the films that actually made the franchise viable.
Well, my son did enjoy it. Clara didn’t like it. I wasn’t surprised by that.
With a story set in between chapters Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), we get to follow the adventures of an adult, ass-kicking, not yet dark side Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, plus a couple of new female ass-kicking Jedi (both good and evil). There is a story about Jabba the Hutt’s son being kidnapped by the bad guys, who try to make it look like it was done by the good guys. Not epic. An adventure. A prelude to a television series. A television series more apt in its quality and production rather than a feature-length theatrical release.
The only other thing that really struck me was Ziro the Hutt, an uncle of Jabba’s, badder to his badness, a turncoat in the house of the Hutt. Ziro the Hutt is basically a Jabba the Hutt-look-a-like but painted up with glow-in-the-dark make-up and effeminite to the Maxx (sorry, got a little carried away with my Hutt-influenced spelling). The thing is, this character is pretty much Truman Capote. Why? I don’t know. The closest thing to a gay character that I recall in the Star Wars universe. I believe a WTF is in order here. So, WTF?
Well, Felix enjoyed it. I think. We’ll have to see how he feels about it in a week or two. It’s not especially memorable. I think he told me that he liked it because it “wasn’t too long”. I’m with him on that one.