May 18, 2005

Star Wars Ep III Tomorrow

So, Star Wars Episode III is opening tomorrow amid decent reviews. My expectations can be classified as guarded.

OK, I lie. I let them creep up above that. Damn - I was trying to keep them low!

In any case, I don’t feel emotional about the end of Lucas’ 6 movie series (not a the moment — ask agan in the theatre) but we’ve been watching the original 3 films with the kids, and they seem to love them. 1/3 of each movie per night works out well on a school night, and they’re structured in such a way that they lend themselves to serialization.

You know. “When we last left our friends, they had just escaped the Imperial attack on the ice planet Hoth…”

We haven’t taken the kids to see any of the new prequels, and this one is no different. We’ll be going while the kids are in school.

I know some of you couldn’t care less about Star Wars, but before I decided that Indiana Jones was the pinnacle of cinematic adventure, my friends and I were crazy about Star Wars, so there’s a healthy dose of childhood nostalgia messing with my mind when I show up at one of these films.

Not to the point where I dress up, ‘cause I’ve never been the dressing-up type. But, you know.

Posted by James at May 18, 2005 9:53 AM
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You know I had managed to keep my expectations extremely low. To the point where my plan was not to see it in the theater at all but to wait for dvd. Then I saw a review this morinng and they seemed to love it. I said to myself, well you probably loved the last two crapfests too but then the reviewer (Joyce Kulhawich of channel 4) said how bad the last two were and how low her expectations were. Damn she dragged me in. Now I'm going to have to see the damned thing for myself.

Which versions are you showing the kids? The originals or the new "Han Solo would never shoot Greedo without provocation" versions?

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at May 18, 2005 10:44 AM

Yeah. I'm being sucked in as well. With any luck, I won't have time to see it in the theater. Then I can just feel remorseful.

Posted by: briwei at May 18, 2005 10:58 AM

Remember, Joyce Kulhawich's expectations were low and she enjoyed it, so you have to keep yours low, too. Hopefully she hasn't ruined it for everyone else!

It's wonderful how low expectations make everything better.

I'm a little excited, but mostly to be just sitting in a movie theatre not doing anything responsible. I did read a review which said "a little bit less soapy dialogue." Why couldn't it have been a lot less? Even the dialogue in the original movies was horrendous. "Would you get going, ya pirate? ha ha"

Good lord. And I thought they were all just bad actors.

I think I will prefer an evil Annakin to a whiny teenaged Annakin. And at the very least, we get to see the crap beaten out of him. So that's a plus.

Posted by: Maggie at May 18, 2005 11:00 AM

Maggie wrote: And at the very least, we get to see the crap beaten out of him. So that's a plus.

We have so much in common, dear.

B.O.B. wrote: Which versions are you showing the kids? The originals or the new "Han Solo would never shoot Greedo without provocation" versions?

It turns out we're showing them the newer versions, although we have (of course we do) the older versions as well. The newer ones (still on VHS and still in Full Screen, ye gods!) just happened to be handy.

And I have to say, the more I watch the newer versions, the more I think the added CGI is not only superfluous, but damaging to the films. And I'm not even talking about the ridiculous changing of the plot with Greedo.

Posted by: James at May 18, 2005 11:19 AM

Anakin turning evil doesn't surprise me. Anakin having and losing Natalie Portman and not taking it out on a few innocent Jedi would have surprised me. Tracheas were still being crushed twenty years later.

And this despite some of the worst chemistry in movie history. All of their most poignant moments must have happened offscreen.

Posted by: Mike at May 18, 2005 11:21 AM

I think it's reasonable to expect some scenes to be very good, and some to be traumatically disappointing. I don't know what else to expect, and I am trying to keep an open mind. I think I've done a good job of remaining fairly stable, because every time I start to get excited about something, I remember some of the very bad dialog from episodes 1 and 2, and it's like someone pressed the Reset button on my fluttering heart.

Posted by: Julie at May 18, 2005 11:48 AM

After the Jar Jar Binks movie, I swore off subjecting myself to any further Star Wars movies.

Y'all have fun; I'll be over here not watching.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 18, 2005 11:51 AM

I'll be with Patti.

I was the nerdy kid in high school who wrote papers on George Lucas and Joseph Campell. I loved the original trilogy, but seeing The Phantom Anus at 3am on opening night just killed it for me. I was so excited, and so incredibly let down. I didn't want to see the second one, and only saw it because a friend of mine visiting from out of town demanded we go to The Patriot to check it out.

I've no desire to see the third one, or two watch either of the first two on DVD (which my wife owns).

Posted by: David Grenier at May 18, 2005 11:32 PM

Phantum Anus. That's quite good!

Posted by: Patti M. at May 19, 2005 8:14 AM

If you say it quickly it sounds like "Rubber baby buggy bumpers."

Posted by: James at May 19, 2005 8:20 AM

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