Finally watching this on DVD. Never bothered with it in the theatre, on the "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me" theory. When the best anybody could say about it was that it didn't suck as badly as the other two prequels, that was hardly a reason to spend my hard-earned sheckels after feeling ripped off following the viewing of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.
My impressions? Still crap. The CGI is better integrated with the real world than it was in the other two films, but that's a technical accomplishment, and Lucas has always been good at technical accomplishments. But the story of this, like the other two, is the rise of two bastards, and is reliant on the good guys being idiots in order to work. On top of that, the dialogue can charitably be called wretched, the acting is uniformly awful -- even Ewan MacGregor, who was one of the bright spots of the last two, is a disaster here --and even the "birth" of Darth Vader is pathetic. Hearing Anakin's whining coming from James Earl Jones is just depressing.
And the final stupidity in a movie full of them: Bail Organa, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Yoda agree to hide Padmé's children "where the Sith cannot sense them." So they "hide" Luke on Vader's home planet, with a family who gives him the same last name as Vader, living in the same area where Vader grew up. Yeah, good way to hide 'em......
In the end, the good guys are pathetic, the bad guys win, and I wonder what the hell I was thinking watching this. *sigh*
[First posted in my LiveJournal on 26 November 2005.]
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