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May 19, 2005

Star Wars Meltdowns

Hoo boy am I a wreck today. Got home from the Midnight screening of Revenge of the Sith at about 3:30am, final exam for Persuasion class at 10:30am. I am now done with that class. It was a good class, but probably the most time-consuming undergraduate course I've ever taken.

Anyway, last night I witnessed not one, but TWO Star Wars opening night geek meltdowns. What I mean is perhaps the anticipation of opening night is too much for some people with minimal social contact. At Phantom Menace, I witnessed an adult male have a red-faced, foot-stomping tantrum while awaiting to be seated. I think these people get so worked up about it that they just lose it. So last night one geek had a meltdown right in front of me. Granted, it was about the woman cutting into the concession stand line, but jeez. Then in the theatre proper a woman was behaving badly and belligerent. I didn't witness the whole thing, but apparently her boyfriend was totally embarassed and she had to be escorted out by security. Wow, calm down, people.


The movie was the best of the last three, but not better than the first Star Wars: a New Beginning. However, it had THE BEST space battles and choreographed lightsaber duels EVER. Sit towards the back of the theatre to fully appreciate these scenes as the duels are almost beautiful and artistic. Also, the illustration of Anakin's descent to evil was believeable and logical, especially from his point of view. It wasn't just this overnight, "BWA HA HAA! I'm EVIL!" thing, it took some time and a lot of consideration, and he did it for a reason. Then it was too late - he first becomes a monster in mind, soul, and then body, especially after he literally gets his ass served by Obi-Wan. I knew he got in a bad accident that required the black mask and suit, but I didn't know it was due to getting his ass kicked by his former sensei. Surprisingly gripping was the scene where Vader is first masked. Powerful wow, and pitiful too. You really end up feeling sad for Anakin/Vader all over again.

And correct me if I'm wrong, but were there some parallels between Palpatine's consolidation of power and his speeches to the Senate to that of W's and the Republican party, or am I just a paranoid Libertarian? Watch and listen carefully to the rhetoric in those Senate scenes and let me know if you agree, or am I reading too much into the film? It seemed like sometimes Chancellor Palpatine's speeches were stolen right from the Presidential podium.

Also, how does George Lucas take perfectly able actors and acresses and make them look so awful!? Frikkin' YODA had a better performance than the live action humans. But that was to be expected.

Regarding this blog's recent redesign: it will remain a Shrine To Kylie until she gets better, or until I get bored with the design. We know our Aussie Pixies are a tough breed. Livvy got through it, and we know you can too. xxoo.

Posted by jimbo at May 19, 2005 1:58 PM


Jimbo: Drudge Report has a link to a New York Times article about the movie being "quickly politicized." So, you're not alone in your assessment. d.

Posted by: David at May 19, 2005 3:23 PM

People have asked that same question about the simularities of Palpatine taking over the speeches etc., to the modern political situations. Lucas has been on record as stating that in no way this is a parallel to current political issues. It is all based on what has happened in the past, either historically (as in what happened in Germany in the early 20th century). Or in Myth & Legend. Palpatines speeches are based on speeches given by dictators of the past, like Napoleon & Caesar to name a few.

Lucas claims to be inspired by common myth and archtypes.

also so you wont loose your geek points, its Star Wars: A New Hope.

I just fininshed reading the novel based on the movie script. Its massivly more gruesome than stuff in the movie.

Posted by: Dax at May 19, 2005 3:33 PM

i think you are right, Palpatine as W is a pretty accurate assessment, even though George Lucas may deny it. also i personally think George Lucas hates living actors. if he didn't there's no way can one make Natalie Portman look that bad. i felt so bad for her. poor, poor Natalie.

Posted by: jake k. at May 19, 2005 5:18 PM

My hubby said the exact same thing regarding Palpatine and Bush that you did.

Were you two separated at birth?

Posted by: mark at May 20, 2005 9:26 AM

Good movie, but i kept wanting to comb Anakin's hair.

Posted by: rob adams at May 24, 2005 2:16 PM