I have just returned from the midnight screening of Star Wars Episode II.
It HAMMERS. Enough said.
Ok, I lie. That isn't a good enough description.
I thought that Episode II was at least as good as Ep V.
The yoda fight scene was the highlight in my opinion. The way he did all those flips was believable.... well as believable as a little green man jumping around the place swinging a lightsaber can possibly be. And what he did with Doku's lightning attack...
The romance was well played out.... though a little cliched. I did like the fact that Padme was not the damsel in distress and actually a key player in the battle.
The battles... boy were they good. I found it wierd that the stormtroopers were on the side of the good guys though.
One of the best points in the movie was the fact that Jar Jar wasn't a staring role.... but he was manipulated to acheive an evil end . Well done George. I couldn't have thought of a better role for Jar Jar to play. Good work.
3PO and R2-D2 were up to their usual antics, which was classily funny, unlike what Jar Jar was in #1. I especially loved the extremely funny "what a drag!" and "I'm beside myself" lines. So corney you just had to laugh =).
The ending was good, and made me want to see more. Again, much like the end of Ep V. It looks like we get to see more of Christopher Lee, which is a good thing .
So, to simplify it down to a single phrase: Episode II Rocks!!! See it now.... though if you are here you have already probably seen it, so....see it agian
The visuals were pretty good at times in Episode one,especially Natalie Portman,but unfortunately if was very hard to care for the characters.
Natalie Portman is actually a very good actress,although I thought her acting was very stilted in Episode one.
I saw her in a couple of movies in which I thought she was outstanding.One was about as assassin,living next door to her,who ends up taking her under his wing when her abusive father is killed by gangsters.She was very young in this role but was astounding.Can't remember what it was called.?
The other movie was set in the winter time and she was an intelligent teenager who falls in love with an older neighbour.Again,fantastic!!Think it was called Beautiful girls.They got the title right on that one
Before I give my thoughts, I would like to establish some background. I'm not the kind of person who goes to see movies often. The last movie I saw was Lord of the Rings. I'm also a starwars fan, I've seen the original three and read most of the books.
This is my second favorite starwars movie and better than empire.
Why do I say that? It has the character interactions that 1, 6 and even 5 lacked. The reason it is not better than 1 It is too cluttered at times, the story has too many things happening thus I still think that the first movie was the best.
I expected to find Anakin's action horrible, the dialog awful and the romance dominating everything. I was pleasantly surprised. Anakin doesn't whine (too much) and actually does a good job showing what a Sith lord in the making acts like. The dialog between the characters was the best since 4, between Obiwan and Anakin and between the bounty hunter and his son (no spoilers). The first few lines are awful but it improves as the movie continues. The romance takes second place to Anakin's movement towards the dark side.
My biggest criticism is with the action scenes, in my opinion, the special effect department is showing off too much. There's too much happening too quickly. The battle at the end is good but not as good as things were in episode one. (I think the lightsaber fight in episode one will continue to be the best ever).
My advise is if you like starwars, go see it. If not, rent the first three and watch them first. If you've done that and still don't like them, you're beyond hope
BLASPHEMY! BLASPHEMY! Empire was the best of the original 3 and had more depth than 1, 4, or 6 (I haven't seen Clones yet, I'll see that in a week or so when I hit vacation... ). The acting in Empire was also far better than Hope as well (sadly, when they got to Jedi, the acting went back to the way it was in Hope... ).
The action may have been better in Hope, but Empire was by far the better story.
I have come to realise how good of an actress Natalie Portman is. Given absolutely terrible lines in the movie, and thrust into a relationship that no sane woman would actually persue, she does a pretty convincing job of her role as Anakin's lover.
I'm aware that most people consider empire to be the greatest of all the starwars movies. The Jedi battle of Vader/Luke is (IMHO) tied with the yoda fight scene in the new movie. (I think, the best jedi duel is still Maul/Obiwan/Qui-gon)
What it gets the most praise for is how deep the characters are. The characters build on their roles, and both Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher (spelling?) act very well. However...
The characters wouldn't have been able to grow if their characters hadn't already been well defined. The expansion would have nothing to build on if the "classic" starwars movie had not been made. If we didn't see Vader as the evil bad guy, we would not be as shocked when we find out he's luke's father.
Hope is also very focused. When you think about it, it's story is really the classic fairy tale. Hero receives calling, journeys towards quest, rescues princess, destroys monster (death star). The action is centered.
I am not saying that a simple plot is good. Just that a simple plot done well is better then a complex plot with imperfections.
The reason I put hope over empire, is that while empire has some great spots, it also has some dead spots and does not feel complete. (Dagroba anyone?)
If you like, you can put Empire above Attack of the clones. Raising it higher than Empire, only serves to raise people's expectations. However, it is the 3rd best starwars movie, surely, if not the second.
Re: Can you resist the power of the dark side? (MEGA Ep II spoiler warnings)
May 17 2002, 11:45 PM
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