Saturday, May 21, 2005

Saw The Movie

If you can't figure out which, you haven't been paying attention. It has flaws, it's not perfect, but it is, overall, very satisfying, with some really fine moments. And for the first time since, maybe, Return of the Jedi (or maybe even Empire Strikes Back) there is humor that doesn't rely on cute funny characters. For my money, Ewan McGregor, Ian McDiarmid and Yoda take the show, poor Natalie Portman has nothing much to do except look exquisitely gorgeous, and Hayden Christenson holds up far better than in Attack of the Clones.


Blogger Jonquil said...

I have big issues with Padme's complete lack of agency. If your husband came back from work and said "Sweetie, I've just eviscerated the Senate to which you belong", surely your response would be stronger than "Oh, but do you still love me?"

My husband's comment was "Gosh, we sure have come a long way since 1977, haven't we?" Princess Leia was infinitely superior.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

Yeah. Hell, Padme was more butt-kickish and interesting in I and II--you could see where Leia got it from. In Sith she's a wet dishrag. Hell, when I was nine-months pregnant I was standing on tables and getting things done. I do not recall having become a clinging vine. But maybe I just don't recall.

Spouse had a very interesting retrofit notion, which was that, while Anikin killing all the Tuskan Raiders who contributed to his mother's demise is not good, it's understandable. But if Anikin used his powers for something else--like, say, influencing Padme to fall in love with him after she'd taken the high road and turned him down, that would have been really chilling. Or would have had the potential to be chilling.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Jonquil said...

If Lucas had actually gone with the triangle he hinted at in part II, with Anakin worrying that Padme preferred Obi-Wan, your husband could have made quite the movie.

We rewatched the original Star Wars this afternoon. Lucas used to have a much better sense of composition; the first Star Wars is spare and elegant. The reworked scenes stand out because too much is happening in the frame at once.

8:54 PM  

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