|I live in a little town in Ohio, with a very small movie
theatre. We seldom have to wait in line for anything. But, tonight
it seemed like the whole town had come out to view the new Star
Wars adventure, and no one was irritated about waiting over an hour
to gain entrance. Excitement filled the air as I entered the darken
theatre for the premier of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith.
At first, I was afraid I would not find a seat in the overcrowded
theatre. Until I heard a husky voice rasp The Force is with you!
To my delight, Darth Vadar motioned to three empty seats. In front
of us, a Jedi Knight returned from the concession stand with a box
of popcorn. I knew I was in for an adventurous evening!
"What's Cooking on Renderosity,"
with Sandy Castle,
is a regular Renderosity Front Page featured column. May 23, 2005
I agree. I was pretty much raised around Star Wars movies, every since I was 9. I must have watched the movies so many times, that pretty much I know every line, every scenery. When I heard the last episode was coming out soon, I was very very happy, yet very sad. I dont like it that the movie has pretty much ended here, but at the same time i am happy that now i been able to see it. The last episode brought the movie to a stunning ending, perfect effects and the storyline is just splendid. My only grief was that they did not put Yoda more into the action as they did in the cartoon series (he is my best Jedi). One only hopes that George may return and make more Star Wars, as this is THE BEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME. NOTHING CAN COMPARE WITH STAR WARS. May The Force Be With You...
Great movie..I was impressed, even though I knew how it ended..heh. Only a couple of really bad dialogue spots (mostly between Padme and Anikan)..but the fights were cool. Hoestly, though..how long before Lucas feels the pressure and brings Star Wars back to the big screen..after all he said the same thing after Return of the Jedi.
Great review Sandy! Just saw the movie Sunday, with the fam. The movie over-all was indeed darker than the others. It really went to great lengths to show Anakin's inner struggle, and did it very well. Definitely a very powerful, emotionally-charged film! At one point, my wife even turned to me and said, "You know, you really feel bad for the guy (Anakin)". Also, I was very happy to see my man Samuel L. Jackson play a bigger part as Mace Windu in this. Way cool!
lol Sandy I'm a major fan of the series as well, but I disliked this one. I do love the special FX though, in particular some of the CGI alien creatures. It was interesting, and I wish that Lucas would do the other three as he had originally planned, but such things are not to be I suppose (somehow a TV series just isn't as good as three movies). I guess I'll have to stick with the books! =) Well-written review BTW.
The animation on General Grevious was some of the best CGI i have ever seen,and this is without a doubt the best movie in the series.As far as acting goes....well lets just say we all have our own views of this.Great article,great movie for fans of all ages.
Well, it was a nice read. :) I would only point out that before this film, General Grievous was shown throughout a small cartoon series Lucas made called the Clone Wars. Something that may have slipped by alot of fans. I agree that the movie was closer to what the fans wanted and I think the only problems with the dialouge I had were with Vader at the very end. Thanks for posting your thoughts on the film, Sandy!
I also went to the midnight premiere and shared the experience with many Jedi and Sith Lords. I agree as well. Great movie. One thing I liked about this film is how Lucas tied in a lot of details from the books and the cartoon series with a few short dialogs and details making some aspects of the movie and story easier to understand, but keeping the movie under 3 hours. As Teyon pointed out, the cartoon series provided a lot more about Gen. Grevious. If you read the books, the conversations between Anakin and Palpatine are easily understood. I agree some of the acting could have been better, but R2D2 made up for most of it, LOL. Thanks for the review Sandy.
I saw the movie on a Digital projector; all movies should be shown this way! The image was as sharp and clean as a HD TV and the color was fantastic! No more blips or scratches on the screen. The Move its self was incredible and was simply the best second only to the original Star Wars A New Hope! I plan to see it several times. One warning this movie is really not a family movie I would have a problem taking any child younger then about 12 to see this. It is a shame that after all the movies this is what the fans wanted a sad and tragic ending with all the detail. I do recommend seeing though even the hardcore fans will love it!
Very nice review. I loved the movie, especially because I have a soft spot for the Dark side (sue me ;) ). So as you may imagine, alongside with the Empire Strikes Back, I have a new favorite. Although I find the ending a bit "forced" (had to be, to link to the next (previous) films), I don't hold that against Lucas, a man of wonderous imagination, and responsible for adventures I love so much. I almost felt like I was in this movie, fighting alongside Anakin. Just one thing, you wrote Darth Vadar. Is this a typo or is there another, possible designation for Vader?
I loved the movie! Yet I found 1 glaring goofup on Lucas' part in one viewing (sure I'll find more when I watch it on DVD). In Return of the Jedi Luke asks Leia if she remembers her natural mother and she replies "only a little, feelings mostly....she was very beautiful" yet we see there is no way she could have known her mother unless you stretch it to say that she knew her through the force, but then Luke should too and he was born first. Otherwise excellent movie and I took my 9 year old son to see it, he loved it. I feel the best way to enjoy this if you have never seen Star Wars is to rent 1 & 2, go see 3 and then rent 4,5, & 6. To me there are less spoilers that way.
Saw the movie today my friend, and I'm still buzzing:) The force was with this final episode! A few minor flaws, out weighed by the film as a whole! Yoda vs the Emperior, Wookiees and light saber battles what could any fan want more! Wolfman aka bbratche
Great "hometown feel" you put in the review, Sandy! Love it. But, cheer up. This is Lucas' LAST SW flick, but it WILL NOT be the last in the series. Episodes VII thru IX have been plotted, with VII almost in completion in writing. It won't be the same as if Lucas was to do it, yes, but it is supposed to go through George for final judgement before being made. Wouldn't surprise me if he produces it.
Hi nice review Sandy, I saw the movie in Columbus! I really enjoyed this one, it was one of a few times I didn't want the movie to end, instead of yawning and checking my watch! For Aldaron, I think Leia is referring to her "mother" Bail Organa's wife. Who she thinks is her mother. She would really have no idea that Padme was her mother, in order to keep her identity secret. I beleive that Luke is sort of looking for a way to tell Leia what happened, and even he obviously at this point in ROTJ doesn't know the whole story. This film took me back to the galaxy far, far, away. I hope to go back again, even if only on TV. I am holding out hope that George changes his mind on more movies. It would be nice if GL revolutionized TV with gorgeous special effects. He could really do alot better on made for TV stuff than other companies because he owns the studio and can do the effects for cost. MTFBWY
We all want there to be more movies don't we. Let's face it, Star Wars has become a great institution to many of us. ANH was the first movie I ever saw at the cinema, I was like 4 or 5 at the time. So I was nervous about RotS. I didn't want THAT entrance to be spoiled. There were some flaws in RotS, but on the whole... twas an excellent movie, and an excellent addition to the saga. Here's hoping for more.
I saved my movie and read the script. It is laughingly awful!!! A movie is more than special effects strung together like a fireworks display. A movie is story... and if the story isn't engaging, the movie is a bust (and ticket sales are no indication of a movie's greatness). I hope that Lucas's screenplay gets the Razzie! I saw the original in San Diego dozens of times with lines going around the theatre. Empire Strikes Back was even better. Even after 30 years I have fond memories. But Lucas took this gigantic galaxy full of interesting cultures and shrunk the entire thing into an afternoon jaunt. He took an epic tale of good vs evil and turned it into a biopic of a whiney brat. He took archetypal characters and turned them into plastic so that he could sell more toys. He took marvelous footage and bored us with dizzying chases so that he could sell video games. There is NO way that anybody could have paid me to sit through another Star Wars movie after Phantom Menace. I'll escape into other worlds of imagination... and brush the dust of Tatooine off my soles. Carolly
Unfortunately I have to disagree with you on this one. Much of the dialogue was lacking where it counted and the acting in the opening scenes was off a bit. There were also some smaller things that I had some problems with. For the most part, they are merely details when the entire plot is considered, but details are still extraordinarily important!
I was very impressed with Sith. I have to strongly disagree with people who say the acting was weak. I looked at the script, and I was floored how the actors were able to do amazing things with such minimalistic, and sometimes odd sounding, dialog. I think perhaps dialog is the film's only weakness, and the witty banter of Star Wars hasn't been seen since the original movie either. But everything else is there, and then some. Sith smokes all movies that have come out in the last 5 years easily. I completely forgot I was watching a movie was just totally engrossed. And the CG..., the mind boggles. The film stuck with me for days too. Monday at work, everyone had that Star Wars glaze to them, not much work got done, and Star Wars was all anyone could talk about. LOL! ...I also found the subtext of the film resonated in me, especially in the times we live in, aka "The Nightmare Years." bB
I haven't seen this one (or the previous-DOH!!) but it is only a matter of time. However, reading all about the finality of it and with everybody wishing there was more, there is some very good news for you. It's a surprise, but point your browsers in the direction of www.panicstruckpro.com/revelations/revelations_movie.html. I discovered it quite by accident. As always, may the force be with you!
ROTS was a wonderful film. I rank it right below Empire and ROTJ but slightly higher than A New Hope. It's the third best movie in the series, in my honest opinion. If you haven't seen it and you're a fan of the original trilogy, this is the film that you'll love. It's the perfect tie-in to A New Hope. As for the acting, some of the dialogue, mainly Padme and Mace Windu's lines, was off pace. However, the acting from Ian McDiarmid, Ewan McGreggor, Christopher Lee, and Frank Oz as Yoda was excellent. Toward the end of the movie, after Anakin's turn to the darkside, Hayden Christensen's acting was nearly flawless. You could really see and hear the change that the darkside had made in him. The direction of the action was superb - some of the best action scenes ever filmed! SPOILERS AHEAD The scene envolving Mace vs. Palpatine where Anakin falls to the darkside was riveting. Obi-Wan vs. Grevious was phenomenal. The Order 66 scenes and the final battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin were very intense and tragic - they were the perfect crescendo to the final chapter of this story.
Excellent dialogue? I have to disagree. Often the dialogue was stilted, and actually dragged down a scene. Emphasis on wrong syllables, phrases said with wrong inflection, but mostly just insipid comments interlaced for no aparrent reason. The acting in one scene would be great, and in the next scene terrible. However, I feel the dialogue is the culprit here. How can you act when what you say is terrible? Also, many things seemed forced. Anakin turned way too quick, and without sufficient inner conflict. It was all too easy. The fight scenes, while spectacular, were nothing new. We had already seen Yoda bouncing off walls and spinning about, so that was no big thing. The fight scene between Obi Wan and Anakin was good, it's best moments were when they weren't fighting. SOme of the tie ins to the parts 4 5 and 6 were forced as well. Hindsight being 20/20 and all. All that being said, it was a good movie.
The script is only part of the movie. Only tunnel vision people could produce such a conclusion without actually seeing the movie. The music, the CG, the action scenes, the worlds, and more were all awesome. This movie was great and a lot of fun. I loved it. Darth Vader's character was well developed. We, who saw the movie had a great time. May the force be with all even those with tunnel vision who judge without seeing the movie and write like old trolls.
I love the special effects. The dialogue was often poor. A lot of things in the story did not work. Hayden Christensen was weak, especially in the beginning and the middle. So his turning to the darkside wasn't that believable. Edward Norton would have made a better job. Sometimes Lucas tried to relieve the tension with funny roboters or strange jokes. Most of them did not work IMHO. Overall the movie was well done, but I think episode 4 and 5 are much better. It seems that Lucas concentrated too much on special effects. What a shame.
Let's remember Lucas' source for all of this was a fond memory of the Republic Serials. How great were they in the art of dialogue? They were fun adventures that excited young minds of that time. What seems still amazing about the SW franchise is that Despite the acting/script that it has inspired enthusiasm that has lasted 28 years! Greed alone doesn't inspire people to see a movie multiple times. And as someone once said, if it was about money, George could invest it in more lucrative ways than movies.
Hey Sandy! Fantastic on spot review! I also hail from and reside in, a small town in Ohio. I work for the local newspaper and had a free chance to view the film. Your emotions describe mine as well. How could Anikan not see it?! I loved his character and hated him at the same time.