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Saturday, June 04, 2005

It's over

Went to see the Revenge of the Sith the other night. Thank god that's over. The film is tawdry in many many many ways, saved only by the fact that it closes the loop. Discovering how the plot would wend its way to the start of A New Hope was its saving grace.

The acting was terrible, the script a joke, and the effects were, well, just effects. We've had saturation on effects: spaceships can't get any bigger, explosions can't get larger, and crazy animals can't get scarier. Time to concentrate on drama, story and acting again, Mr. Lucas. Oh, you're rubbish at that, aren't you?

What tickled me most was the thought of the production meetings for this movie. They had to set the scene for a film that came out in 1977. The biggest icon obviously was Darth Vader. And this must have left the producer and director with a dilemma.

In every aspect of the film they clearly poured money into fashion and set design, generating images that look futuristic and yet complimentary to our year 2005-eyes. Pity them as they realised that the climax of the movie would have to present us with a thoroughly evil Darth Lord whose costume had a chest plate with a red and green plastic button, the likes of which haven't been seen since, well, the original Star Wars.

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