I missed the sensation surrounding the first Star Wars movies, but I was swept up in the buzz surrounding the first film in the second trilogy. That was actually when I watched the original three for the first time. I was impressed, but nothing by way of the ‘life changing experience’ that I’ve heard others claim. I was underwhelmed by the actual film, and the next film left me even less whelmed. I drove by the local theatre earlier today, and saw the lines of people out in the rain, hail and thunder, dressed as Darth Sith (is that right? no..) and waiting to see the midnight show. Obviously Star Wars still has a few fans scattered here and there.
I have hopes for the third film, and all three films have the saving grace of whiz-bang special effects. The acting in the first two is nearly uniformly terrible. There’s that annoying little kid they got to play Anakin, the lifeless girl for Queen Amidala, and of course Jar Jar Binks. I’m trying to think of some good acting in the first film, and failing. The writing was also extremely bad.
The second film was even worse. At least they got rid of Binks and put in some neat city scenes, but whenever Christian Haydensen is doing anything other than fighting you wish either he or you were dead. Haydensen seems to have only two states: outraged and creep. Make that one. Just creep. And not a very interesting creep. The love scenes are horrible as well. Couldn’t Lucas have had someone else write them?
Now the third film… there certainly is more plot, and I think it’s good that they’re moving to PG-13 and taking out some of the stuff that was put in to appeal to the kiddies. I don’t expect to see really huge improvements in the acting, though. Haydensen is expected to actually take on a challenging part, and he’s very bad.
Ah, I’ve just thought of some fair acting from the first film – Senator Palpatine’s done a good job, and I expect that he’ll do a good job in part three, when he turns into the Emperor (which is not really a spoiler, since it’s been obvious all along).
Anyway, I’m seeing it Saturday and will write a review, probably joining the deluge that is about to start at around 3 in the morning tomorrow.
Cross-posted to Leoniceno’s Corner