Whew! We dodged a bullet on this one! Revenge of the Sith is a much better movie than feared. That being said, it’s not exactly a good movie; rather, it manages to create a satisfying conclusion to Anakin’s journey to the Dark Side and ties in pretty neatly if obviously to the “real” Star Wars movies.
On the good side are:
Lots and lots of light sabers. Score!
Excruciatingly well-executed special effects. The Coruscant skyline remains breathtaking.
Lots of unexpected humor. R2-D2 steals the show.
We’re finally done with this thing. It’s over.
On the bad side are:
Physically painful love scenes.
The characters have all the psychological depth of empty hand puppets.
The scene where Vader gets turned. Say what? Huh? That line of bullshit worked? Is the kid retarded?
Vader’s big “Nooooooo!” Yikes, way to make your audience giggle during a climactic scene.
For me the biggest problem with the first three movies is that they portray Anakin as this sniveling brat who’s just waiting for somebody to turn him. “There’s good in him still,” says Padme. She’s nuts. This guy was a Sith Lord waiting to happen all along.
That the whole Jedi counsel manages to sit around and not get what’s happening in Anakin’s head—or, for that matter, that there’s a Super Mega Evil Sith Lord in the office next door—is almost enough to break the suspension of disbelief.
But hey, light saber! Shiny!
Posted Wednesday, 25 May, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.