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Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

So.

I went and saw Revenge of the Sith. I liked it, but then, you know, I liked The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, so make of that what you will. To me, all the prequels are on par quality wise with the originals, and anyone who tries to convince you otherwise is clearly on crack. To quote Alec Guinness, "I just couldn't go on speaking those bloody awful, banal lines."

I'm not into dissecting Star Wars films, possibly because the seven year old in me won't have none of it. The films are for him and the adult part of me just gets up and leaves for the duration of them. So I've nothing to say, really, about anything in the film, except to note how surprised I was by how much I wanted to watch A New Hope at the end of it. The set up bridge at in the third film for the fourth (the original) was, really, quite impressive. Outside that, what is there to say? It's bigger. It's beautiful imagery. And when the lightsabers break out, the child in me is nurtured.

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bodhichitta0
May. 19th, 2005 11:12 am (UTC)
I have tickets Friday night. I'm the same way, when the big cheesy words go scrawling across the screen, I'm nine years old.
benpeek
May. 19th, 2005 12:18 pm (UTC)
it's the only way to be. i think a lot of people forget that when they look at the old films--they just see the iconography and feel a different resonance, without remembering that before that, what got you into the film was, 'cool, millennium falcon!'
bodhichitta0
May. 19th, 2005 12:29 pm (UTC)
The funny thing about those old films is, they still work. My daughter thinks they are great fun (though I don't think she has quite the same reaction having never seen them on a big screen. There's something about that experience when the spaceships are larger than life rather than contained to your TV screen.).
benpeek
May. 19th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
sure they still work--but they work like the new films work, i figure.

i never saw the original films in a cinema until the rerelease. for me, star wars is about the telly. for some reason, i always think it plays well with commercial breaks and tvs and your living room. that old pulp styling, perhaps.
bodhichitta0
May. 19th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC)
I am so old. But I'm Okay with that really. (I waited, sitting on the movie theater lobby floor in Toledo, Ohio for my Empire Strikes Back tickets and had nothing to eat by Raisinettes for hours. And I don't even like Raisinettes.)
benpeek
May. 19th, 2005 12:45 pm (UTC)
i remember seeing return of the jedi when i was young. i don't remember any of the movie experience, except that the cinema had these red curtains that i would look at when i got scared or something. (i was about seven.) i later worked in the cinema.

of empire strikes back, i remember my father and his friend hooking up videos to pirate copies of the film for their kids. (i must've been six.) i could never watch luke's hand get chopped off. heh.
bodhichitta0
May. 19th, 2005 12:50 pm (UTC)
Speaking of which (if you don't mind), how was the violence level? I know you're not a parent but my kids really want to go. (To give you some idea--my daughter still cries when Luke's hand gets chopped off and she cried when I don't know how to spell his name/Liam Neeson/Obi wan's teacher dies at Mr. Scary Red Face's hands. They've never seen a PG-13 movie before. My son is the only boy in his class that ISN'T going. Don't even get me started on the fuckers making happy meal toys and friendly chewbacca marketing at PG-13 movie.) What do you think?
benpeek
May. 19th, 2005 01:02 pm (UTC)
well, to be honest, if your girl cries when luke gets the chop, this might be too much. the hands start getting chopped early on and, y'know, don't stop. it's no real spoiler, but the body count is large, but of course, it's mainly the end of the film and the condition anakin is in that will, i suspect, be a bit much for most. it's really quite frankenstein's monster at one stage.

your best bet is to go see the film yourself, then decide from that. i don't think it's anything a kid can't handle, but at the same time it's a kid by kid thing.
bodhichitta0
May. 19th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks. That's what I thought. I didn't think George Lucas would sit down for a jump in rating like that if it wasn't warranted. And my kids are a bit on the sheltered side--not scary Christian right wing sheltered but sheltered like we read more books and watch more G/PG type movies than watch the crap that's on TV.
benpeek
May. 19th, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC)
i suspect you'll have to end up letting your boy see the film, what with the demands of not being an outcast and all, but if you leave it a week, his friends will tell him everything, and he'll go in forwarned ;)

still, no matter what, i figure make your own choices. you'll know what they're good with, or just how much you'll have to prepare 'em before you go.
bodhichitta0
May. 19th, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you're right. I may make him wait til DVD though. School's out soon so the other boys will only point in laugh for a few days. :-D They've all seen Spiderman and X-Men and all that too and he does okay. I let him get the books and the toys and such from those but said no on the movies. When he hits grade school I'm probably going to get more resistance and may have to cave. I'm just of the mind of kids are growing up too fast nowadays.
benpeek
May. 19th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
how old are you in grade school?

i think the fast growup stuff is just the natural side effect of not being young anymore. kids change so much and so quickly, but adults, adults just slow right down. i watch kids i taught three years ago reappear, grown and full of hormones and rebellion and ideas and zits, and think, 'what happened to the little innocent kid who was afraid of girl germs?'
bodhichitta0
May. 19th, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
First grade you are usually six and turn seven sometime during the year. My son starts kindergarten in August, so he's five.

You're right, adults do slow down. But I think it's more than that--it's the kids as consumers thing--we've talked about it before. And to be a consumer you have to make choices, buying choices, so you get marketed to and exposed to information that people of my generation just weren't exposed to because there were three or four channels and not ads on the sides of cars, and in the shopping cart, and on your freakin' receipt from the grocery store. My daughter asked me one day how to pronounce "viagara". It's just not right.
benpeek
May. 19th, 2005 01:47 pm (UTC)
yeah, okay, five. maybe a bit young for episode three.

i don't think there's a right or wrong with things like viagara. it's just a diferent time, and information is different. probably what your parents thought when you were a kid, you know? the world isn't a static beast. it changes and every new generation has a different way to grow up. that's my take. of course, i have no parential responsibilities. i'm just going off those teenagers i know.
bodhichitta0
May. 19th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
I know the world isn't static, that's a very good point. But one of the things I want to impart to my children is that buying things can't make you truly happy. Yes, of course it's very nice to have a new book, new toy, new DVD, whatever. But spending money is not the source of happiness and fulfillment. I also want to impart to them how corruptly capitalism and democracy are entwined in our country. That we've lost forever our chance to see if democracy can flourish without corporations. I want them to get messages of kindness, service, loving what you do, learning to support yourself without being a slave to the new house/new car/vacation home/new clothes thing. What I am trying to teach them seems very counter cultural right now.
aswadx
May. 19th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
unrelated ?
my ex gf love Gucci, even when they come out with horrible horrible lines of bags and stuffs. she kept buying into them.
when i asked why? she said its Gucci, its magic.
even when they look bad on you? yes baby its Gucci, get it?

and we would argue from there.
some people are brand conscious. they need to have that brand because to them it can change something inside of them like magic that cost a grand for a pair.
please dont forget the next line of product from our company!
a trilogy of product line.

im so happy we are all well behaved consumers.


benpeek
May. 20th, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
Re: unrelated ?
yeah, could be that. still, there's a price difference for a gucci bag and a twelve buck movie ticket... so i'm doing better than your ex-girlfriend ;)
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