Monday, May 30, 2005

Movie Review: Star Wars - Episode III

Saw "Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Jedi" over the weekend, and I have to say that in many ways it is better than the first two episodes. But at the same time I think that George Lucas tried TOO much to connect it to Episode IV.

We know that Chancelor Palpetine is the bad guy and he finally reveals himself in Episode III. We know that Anakin Skywalker is Darth Vader. That comes out here too. We know that Padme Amidala, Anakin's secret wife, is pregnant and that she gives birth to twins. But there's too much of a push to get these things out and lead things to Episode IV.

There's also a hint to how Anakin's own birth actually came about... but you have to listen carefully to catch it.

Episode III is very violent. I'm not just talking violence in terms of space battles or disappearing after a wave of a lightsaber; I'm talking about people losing limbs and getting murdered on screen. In fact, given what happens near the end of the movie, I'm surprised that this wasn't given an R rating!

This is definately not something that you would want children to see, which is going to drive parents crazy. "This is STAR WARS," they'll cry out. "It's marketed towards CHILDREN! They have toys and games and children's books! How dare George Lucas BETRAY us like that and put in something so VIOLENT?"

Of course, Lucas is a storyteller, and the story of Darth Vader's transformation isn't a pleasant one. It's just something that needs to be told to wrap up this three-part prequel.

Anyway, guys, I know its a little after the fact, but don't bring the little kids to see it. Let them grow up a bit before letting them watch it when it comes out on DVD. But for all you big kids out there, it's definately one to watch.

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