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May 23rd, 2005
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Okay, so I'm the last person in the world to see Star Wars
My son and I went to Episode III: Revenge of the Sith last night. Third time for him, first for me. He obviously enjoyed it, or he wouldn't have seen it three times in one weekend. I liked it a lot, too.

I thought that it was really in the spirit of the original series and does a good job of tying them to the prequels. Ewan McGregor really bridges the portrayals beautifully - I felt like he was very convincingly the man who the young padawan of TPM became with years and experience, and simultaneously felt that he was vividly playing old Ben before he became old Ben. He clearly has watched a lot of Alec Guiness movies very carefully.

There was quite a bit of humor in the beginning, which I think even young kids would enjoy. There are some gruesome moments and a few very sad ones, but it's ultimately an uplifting story. The one weak link for me was the Anakin/Padme love story. They are just so wooden together that it didn't seem credible, at least to me.

As a diehard Qui/Obi fan, I was pleased to see that - even though Liam Neeson wasn't in the movie - there was a perfect moment for Q/O slash fen. All in all quite fun and it made me want to rewatch the original trilogy.

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From:jane_sehrn_ta
Date:May 23rd, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
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I'm going for my second viewing with my wife, Cam, in about half an hour. I'm so looking forward to seeing it again. I think I'll see more of the subtleties this time around, and in subsequent viewings. It's a shame with Anakin/Padme, because they made Anakin's character so much more credible this time. Hayden's acting definitely stepped up a good notch. The script however gave Natalie Portman nothing to work with, which is a damned shame because I think she's a great actress (I loved her in Garden State). The feisty Padme (and precursor to Leia) of the first two was gone, and she shouldn't have been. I'm also looking forward to appreciating more of Ewan McGregor's work this time around. On the first viewing, I was so caught up with Anakin's Shakespearean tragedy, that I didn't focus enough on Ewan's transition to Alec Guiness' old Ben. I'm looking forward to that!

P.S. I think mixing any fandom with wild abandon can only be a good thing! ;)
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From:mofic
Date:May 23rd, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC)
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So, how was it the second time around?
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From:jane_sehrn_ta
Date:May 24th, 2005 12:16 am (UTC)
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Mind blowing... it was even better, because I could see more than just the total tragedy of Anakin's fall: I could see all the conflict in Obi-Wan, and I could even appreciate Padme's suffering and not just view her with pity.

I think I have a new favourite for the series. I've always been an "Empire Strikes Back" person, but now I am converted. Just prior to the duel I started crying and I didn't stop when the movie was over. I could see two friends, who shouldn't have been on opposite sides. I kept thinking, "this should not have happened".

Wow.
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From:mofic
Date:May 24th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
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I kept thinking, "this should not have happened".

Yeah, and I feel like it happened because Qui-Gon died. He could have trained Anakin. He understood how damaged his soul was and he had the maturity and the wisdom to help him heal. Obiwan went ahead because of his love for Qui-Gon - he felt he had to fulfill his wish. Still, anyone could see it would end badly. Well, anyone who'd seen the other movies, anyway...
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From:jane_sehrn_ta
Date:May 24th, 2005 12:41 am (UTC)
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You're right because Qui-Gon had both passion and serenity. In my characterization of him, I see him as walking a much finer line between light and dark, and that is because of his strong connection to the Living Force and "living in the moment", as opposed to Obi-Wan's Unifying Force which is more about long contemplation. I think Qui-Gon would have responded to Ani's passion better and improvised in his training and, where needed, defy the Council and train Ani as he saw fit. Obi-Wan needed to stand up to the Council where Anakin was concerned, but couldn't: he was too much of a conservative. I have plot bunnies multiplying like crazy in my head and not the time to sit and write yet. I hope that changes soon!
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From:kattahj
Date:May 23rd, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, the love scenes really dragged the film down a bit. On the other hand, they were pretty damn funny: "You're so pretty!" "Just beaming with DA LOVE!" "I'm beaming with DA LOVE too!" "You're so TOTALLY BLIND!" *still giggles at the memory*

As classic bad scenes go, it's almost comparable to bits of The Blue Lagoon: "I dont' know what to do with the baby, Richard! He doesn't want to eat bananas!"
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From:mofic
Date:May 23rd, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC)
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Well, Obiwan beamed much better when he found out he was going to see Qui-Gon!

Oh, I loved your Little Orphan Ani thingie...
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From:kattahj
Date:May 23rd, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Well, Obiwan beamed much better when he found out he was going to see Qui-Gon!

Yes, that was such a random bone thrown to the shippers that I'm starting to wonder if George Lucas is softening to slash after all. :-)

Oh, I loved your Little Orphan Ani thingie...

Thanks!
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