Does this even need an explanation? Oh the drama! ... Han Solo frozen in carbonite! Leia is really your sister? Search your feelings... you know it to be true! I guess the best aspect of this film is this is where we witness Luke's jedi training on Dagobah. Do or do not -- there is no try. But of course, there was Boba Fett's sweet ride, Slave One...
Actually, it's pretty hard to choose between episode IV and V for the number one spot. I remember watching it over and over again with my sisters, when we had a laser disc copy of A New Hope. [Laser discs... remember those!] I think back of all the Halloweens I dressed up as Princess Leia during elementary school... So my fond memories were from the ORIGINAL New Hope. Not with all the extra dewbacks digitally added in at Mos Eisley. Ugh... totally unnecessary. Adding the Jabba scene? Jabba basically reiterates what Greedo already said in the cantina... we don't need the replay action, and not mention that really awkward ... the walking on Jabba's tail snafu. But this film echos the theme of an unsuspecting hero, hiding away in the moisture farms of Tatooine, unbeknowest to him he was destined for greater things in the universe.
Hey... I like the ewoks. I was seven-ish when this movie came out ... so I thought the teddy bears were cute. Wicket is pretty rad. I also like it because it reminds me of my grandma ... the ewok language is a mixture of Swahili and Tagalog. A long time ago, I played the scene where Princess Leia and Wicket meet each other for the first time for my grandma. Leia tries to win Wicket's affection with some rice-cake looking thing. Wicket sniffs this food-stuff suspiciously and nibbles on the corner and declares, "ganda" ... which i am probably spelling wrong, but it means nice, pretty in Tagalog. My grandma loved this. Again, this was another movie in the Star Wars saga that did not need all those extra-digital goodies. I actually REALLY like the song that Sy Snoodles sings in Jabba's Palace. Have you heard it in English? It's pretty disco. AND WHY did they have to add Hayden Christensen holographic Jedi ghost?!?
I know people got really hung up on the hokey love story but I actually really like this one. Action-wise, editing-wise, this was best film out of the prequels. When I saw it in the theatres w/a digital projector it was pretty amazing. ...and to be honest, the pace of the film overshadows the hokum of the love story. Hayden Christensen does get a bit dopey, but ... yowza that black outfit that Amidala sports on Naboo... Va va vavoom! Totally rivals Leia's slave outfit. [which... might say a lot about George Lucas since that dress was modified by him personally.] Oh yes... Yoda is truly the Jedi Master. When Yoda battles Count Dooku ... amazing. Big thing I did not like about this film. Boba Fett, or young Boba Fett rather. This kinda killed my "image" of him. He has always been my favorite Star Wars character and Episode II completely ruined my perception of him. He's so bad ass in the Ep. V, and what makes him such an interesting character is his utter mysteriousness... you have no idea who is this hiding behind the helmet! It's kind of sexy really. We are all open to imagining what Boba looks like, and who this actually this bounty hunter REALLY is... But -- GAK! Episode II stole that away from us. Not only we see who Boba Fett is, it's during his awkward, whiny adolescent years.
You know I haven't seen this movie since I saw it in the theatre... but I saw it. I liked it alright... It tied all the loose-ends together very nicely, on a star destroyer flying out in the middle of the galaxy. But i really do not feel like i need to watch it again. Is that totally sacrilege for a Star Wars fan to say that?
Okay... yuck. On so many levels ... yuck. The whiny kid who plays Anakin; Jar Jar binks, yuck. George Lucas used to say that a lot of Sci-fi filmmakers make the mistake of building their universe and then waste of lot of screen time showing off the special-effects universe they've created. Instead of developing the story line. Well, in the prequel George Lucas goes against this very notion and just goes on super-long with the Midichlorians, and the speeder chase scene. But I did like Amidala's wardrobe... very nice.
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