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Away From Home

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Episode III

Joe and a friend of his were going to see Star Wars Episode III tonight, so I went with them. I'd read reviews that said it was better than I or II, so I was thinking good things about it. It was both good and bad.

Let's start with the good.

It had very good graphics. Now that they've finally figured out how to do CGI shading properly, all of the worlds and characters looked believable. No more of this Final Fantasy "it's so lifelike!" malarkey. Final Fantasy looked very computer-generated. This was, I'd say, the first space movie where every world looked believable. Its CGI even exceeded Lord of the Rings.

Unfortunately for this movie, that ends our tour of the good aspects.

Let me put it this way: If this movie even gets in the discussion for an Oscar in any significant category, then the entire Academy has just proven itself to be loonier than a bunch of 17th-century inbred European aristocrats. Acting? Bad. Screenplay? Bad. Even the characters' reactions and development were overly typical and expectable.

And the dialogue was just terrible and riddled with cliches. For example, on Padme after learning of Anakin's turn: "Medically she's fine, but for reasons we can't explain, we're losing her. She's just... lost the will to live."

They should have handed out vomit bags. I actually laughed out loud at several lines, they were so bad.

Even Yoda, he of the distinctive speech patterns, wasn't immune. In Yoda-speak, entire paragraphs, he would say. And then, inexplicably, he'd talk just like everyone else for an entire scene. It's like George Lucas forgot which character he was writing the lines for (yes, Lucas himself did write the screenplay).

Final score: On a scale of 1 to Incredibly Awful, this movie was Pretty Freaking Poor.


  • Overall, I liked the movie. As long as you don't delve too far into the acting, etc., it was pretty good. For more detail, see my blog...

    By Blogger Mela, at 5/23/2005 09:15:00 AM  

  • How can you not delve into the acting? It's such a big part of making a movie good. It's very hard to have a good movie with poor acting, and Lucas couldn't pull it off.

    By Blogger Scott, at 5/23/2005 09:32:00 AM  

  • I think he did pull it off. I don't think the acting in the other movies was so hot, but they're all cult classics, so... And honestly, there's not much that could have been done differently with the characters. Although I do wish Anakin had seemed more troubled than whiny, and that Padme had taken more control of her life. Honestly, though, the acting is not much worse than the acting in any movie you might see today. Good acting is the rarity, not bad. And Lucas was obviously more concerned about the CG than the real acting.

    By Blogger Mela, at 5/23/2005 10:56:00 AM  

  • If I shouldn't criticize the acting because "good acting is the rarity," then does that mean that you shouldn't correct Victoria when she is naughty? After all, with 3-year-olds, good behavior is the rarity.

    By Blogger Scott, at 5/23/2005 11:54:00 AM  

  • Correction and criticism are very different. Honestly, though, the movies rather live up to their B-movie titles, right down to the craptastic acting and CG effects, although EP III did have awesome CG...And I never said don't criticize it. I meant that one shouldn't be overly surprised or upset by it.

    By Blogger Mela, at 5/23/2005 04:42:00 PM  

  • Correction and criticism may be different, but only slightly. Almost everything that is categorized one way can be categorized the other, depending on viewpoint. In the context of my statements, I don't see the distinction. For example, if Victoria threw the cat out of the window, you would say "No Victoria, that's a bad thing to do, you shouldn't throw cats out of windows." In this case, George Lucas made a bad movie, and I said "No George, that's a bad thing to do, you shouldn't make bad movies."

    I'm not overly surprised that I didn't like it. I'm not surprised at all. In fact, I'd have been surprised if I did like it, given that I didn't like Episodes I or II. But this in no way means that I shouldn't talk about not liking it. If I shouldn't say it was bad because I expected it to be, then you shouldn't say the next Britney Spears album is bad, even though it certainly would be. Also, by logical extension, you shouldn't say that the Lord of the Rings movies were good, because you expected them to be good.

    By Blogger Scott, at 5/23/2005 07:42:00 PM  

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