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Sunday, June 1, 2008

STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH (2004)

Here's a quote from a letter to Alec Guinness from his friend & sometime director Peter Glenville after having seen the original STAR WARS film: "...the picture is a delight. Thrilling, innocent, spectacular, engaging, original, & the effects are astounding...a zippy BOYS OWN humor which manages to be both seraphic & sophisticated." Precisely what’s been missing from Episode 6 (the TOYS "R" US installment) on. After gnashing my teeth through Episode One, I figured that was it for me. But reviewers claimed such vast improvement for this finale (episode 3, that is), I thought I’d give it a spin. Apparently, the bar is now set so low this passes for success. Except for Ewan McGregor, who does sly Alec Guinness-like line readings & leaps just possibly one entire foot high before the CGI effects got laid in, this is ghastly. Overproduced, hideously crammed with "imagination," scored with supreme indifference by a bored John Williams, studded with undirected dialogue scenes (Hayden Christensen is disgracefully poor) & unreadable/overextended action sequences full of sound & fury, signifying nothing. Only a bit of guilty pleasure as Lucas is uncomfortably forced to twist his ending to fit the original’s beginning gives any pleasure. . . . but that was in a galaxy long, long ago.

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