America, May 20, 2005
Who else cuts through Storm Troopers like butter?
Last night, in the midst of hype, crowds, and even a Storm Trooper from Endor, I showed my full Geek colors and stood in a two-hour line to see Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, and I have to tell you... it was good!|
George Lucas finally broke out of his stink bomb mode and made a decent move. Yes, it was cheesy, especially the Darth Vader Frankenstein scene which would've only been more over the top had he screamed 'I am alive!', and Lucas sucks at romance, can Anakin be more fake and PadmÃ© more two-dimensional?, but he did recapture the spirit of the original three.
Yoda, now he captured the entire movie. With a staring role, two sweet duels, and life-saving reflexes, the pure power of Yoda was on full display. He's such a badass, all CGI and such, that he got a hearty yell from all in the audience whenever he appeared.
I'm just glad Lucas didn't have his way with us in the audience or I'd be typing much slower today. No less than six hands were sliced from key characters in the movie, including both hands off one guy and two legs off another. That doesn't count the number of heads and such shorn off supporting & secondary peeps either.
Lucas even went so far as to pay homage to the original Terminator's hand. Near the end of the movie, look for the scene where a robotic hand reaches out, grabs the surface, and pulls a damaged but still fighting character along. Straight out of the factory scene in Terminator, when it follows Sarah Connor into the metal press pulling itself along with one good hand, Lucas even uses the same sound effects!
Thankfully, he also used the groove from the first three to make this one, and can now end his Star Wars saga with self-respect, letting the Force be with us all.