demoflauchy wrote:Just got back from seeing it over lunch.
The film connected a lot of dots between ep 3 and ep 4 (A New Hope), for that i was grateful.
The acting/dialogue was dull for the most part, but had flashes of brilliance (Anakin and Palpetine when Anakin realizes that Palp is the Sith, Vader and Ob1 on the volcanic planet during their fight, and a few others). Each scene with Padme and Anakin was atrocious.
Special effects were good, but almost too much to take in. A bit distracting.
Light Sabre fights are typical....though seeing Grevious with 4 light sabres was pretty awesome.
I enjoyed all the small parts of how Lucas bridged the gap between this and the next episode. Tie fighters start to look the way they look in 4/5/6, the clones look more like they do in 4/5/6, the star destroyers begin taking form.
I'll likely see it again before it's done in the theatres.
Also noticed the X-Wings were developing in this one... with 6 wings! They were like... *-Wings or something.
I thought it was a good movie... better than the last two. But expanding on what you said about the special effects...
I think one of the reasons the first three (or last three... whatever, the older ones) were so great is that the special effects weren't necessary to hold up the movie. They have stood the test of time, due in part, to the fact that the effects weren't terribly overdone and still look pretty good today in their original format.
My problem with these CGI-loaded films is that 10 years from now we're going to look back and these movies and laugh at how bad the graphics and animations look. I mean, go back and watch "state-of-the-art" special effects from 10 years ago and you'll see what I mean.
These films are just chalked full of CGI, and I'm not so sure that they will stand the test of time nearly as well as the first three.
Also, Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan is amazing throughout all three of these films and doesn't get nearly enough credit. It's amazing how dead-on his imitation is of the original. Plus Obi-Wan goes back to being bad-ass in this one just as he was in the first.