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    Saturday, May 28, 2005

    Afternoon Review: So, what have I done with my new found time? This afternoon we took the kids to see Star Wars. They all loved it, my husband found it disappointing, and I found it better than expected but I didn't expect much. I can still remember seeing the first Star Wars when I was fourteen. I thought it was the best movie I had ever seen. And at the time, it might have been. There were probably better written movies in the mid-1970's, and better acted movies, but none were as stunning as Star Wars. When Luke Skywalker flew his fighter in and out of the Death Star crevices, you felt like you were flying with him. And the soundtrack was exceptional for its time. Watch any other movie from that time period and you'll be struck by the tinny, television sound of the music. Even good movies had absolutely horrid sound tracks. By contrast, the Star Wars music was majestic. Alas, it hasn't held up to the test of time. I watched the DVD of the original Star Wars a few weeks ago (while scanning paperwork of course!) and discovered that my memories of it were better than its reality. The dialogue was clunky, the acting rather wooden, and the characters were flat. If it were released in the theaters today, it wouldn't be all that remarkable.

    The Revenge of the Sith has the same problems. It has some spectacular battle scenes and light-saber duels, but that's about all it's got going for it. Those just aren't enough to make it stand out among today's movies the way the original Star Wars stood among its peers. Team America, despite its profanity, was better written. And somehow, those wooden puppets managed to emote more than the actors in Revenge of the Sith. It's obvious from other movies that the actors George Lucas hired can act, and act very well. Their poor performance in this movie can only be blamed on the director. That gives you an idea of how unusual and original the first Star Wars was for its time. Despite an innately bad script writer and director, it's managed to survive as its own empire for almost thirty years. Has any other movie ever done that?

    posted by Sydney on 5/28/2005 03:42:00 PM 0 comments


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