Just saw Revenge of the Sith. In my humble opinion, I thought it ranked up there witht the original trilogy. One critic commended its "sepulchral" atmosphere and I agree. Even though the audience knows the story, it was very poignantly told. I especially enjoyed the soundtrack - amazing music by John Williams. The scene in which Amidala and Anakin gaze at each other across Coruscant is especially haunting musically.
potential spoiler -> One of the best symbolic moments, I believe, was when Yoda fought Darth Sidious in the empty Senate house. All voices are gone.
I am very excited indeed. Lucas has his old touch back! (Going to see it again tomorrow to see the parts I missed when the kid in front of me threw popcorn on my face !).
Catching up on recent movie thoughts...
I saw RotS yesterday. One of the millions who were disgusted with the first two prequels, so did not have high hopes (understating, here), but managed to be pleasantly surprised. It was better than the first two prequels (simplicity, was key, I think), but nowhere near the efforless entertainment of the original trilogies. I hate to be a naysayer, but to those fans out there that think this movie will rake in the Best Picture Oscar that they feel Lucas was snubbed with all the other movies... I have to advise not to hold your breath. It wasn't that good. But all in all, my complaint list was so much shorter than the others... Natalie Portman is a seat-squirminly bad actress, completely apart from the blah script all the actors had to deal with. But aside from that, everything else is too trivial to mention. So, yay! It was good fun to watch. Lots of nostalgia. Not too much cutesy irony--I'm thinking young Han Solo making a cameo. Thank God for that!
I saw Kingdom of Heaven a week or so ago. I actually liked it much better than Gladiator. During the latter film, I was bored at best, and mildly outrages at worst. But that might have just been the mood I was in. But I liked KoH on its own merits. I think it's best when Orlando Bloom is just moping moodily across the screen like a sad puppy, rather than actually speaking. ;)
I saw the Trailer for Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, also, about a week ago. I've never read any of those books, either, but I think I would like to before seeing the movie. Plenty of time for that...
I just read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, so I can go see that movie. Though, I'm confused, because it seems like the movie must be a combination of later books, because some of the things that I know are in the film, I didn't read about in this book.
I'm looking forward to, this summer/fall: Serenity and War of the Worlds, primarily. King Kong (though I haven't seen any trailers or anything), and The Brothers Grimm, as well. Oh, and OMG Sharkboy and Lavagirl!!!one!!1! They're my favorite.
But. The new Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory preview is kinda freaking me out. But the first movie gave me the creeps, too. I thought this one might be easier for me to swallow (no pun), but it's looking even weirder.
Okay, so that was not exactly Ebert and Roeper, but there you have it.
I just saw Ep. III today too and OMG! T_T Lucas has TOTALLY made up for the first two films with that. Some parts of it were almost painful to watch, even though I knew it was coming... ESPECIALLY because I knew it was coming. That evil, menacing Darth Vader voice sounding so pitiful and confused... T_T ... heartbreaking.
I also saw Hitchhiker's Guide on Friday... good, funny, but they totally screwed up the last parts of it. *sigh* Also, they completely RUINED both Zaphod and Marvin. They made Marvin cute!
... I also want to see the new Willy Wonka. If Tim Burton did it, you know it's going to be twisted. ^_~
They made Marvin CUTE??? The fools! The fools! Why would they do that? Oh...I was looking forward to seeing it and now I don't want to...also I love Zaphod - oh dear, I hate to think what they've done to him. Perhaps I'd better see it so I can moan about it advisedly...
Yes... he's all big-headed and round and adorable. *sniffle* And Zaphod's second head POPS up at random. o.O;; As does his third arm.
Like Hannah said, Portman is just bad and is the weak point in the movie. -(mini spoiler)- I'll just say the acting at the very end made me happy when Anakin...
I was hoping for a bit more ground combat with the wookiees and more space fighting in the beginning but I knew going in that it would center on Anakin, but nevertheless I was disappointed a bit. It's better then the last two but Empire is still the best though.
**Spoiler for Star Wars 3**
Oh, that's right. I remember being a little disappointed about the wookies too. It seems like they were thrown in just to have something to put in the trailer to get people exuberant. It really could have been any breed of alien. That cool bird-lizard thing that Obi-wan rode got more screen time than the wookies.
It's funny how evently the original trilogy is split between which one is The Best/Favorite. My favorite is Return of the Jedi, because all the good guys are finally kicking butt, Luke is finally cool, ewoks, and the Mega Happy ending.
Mega Happy ending? I cried when Vader died, so I would call it more of a bitter sweet ending myself.
As for Episode 3 - I felt it was better than the first two, but I don't have the urge to see it again at the theater and can wait to buy it before seeing it a second time.
I would definitely say that Empire is the best. Now THAT is Oscar-worthy stuff. Episode III is a lot of fun - v. entertaining stuff - but not Casablanca.
I am so excited about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Tim Burton is my favorite director! (Okay, and Johnny Depp is, well, wonderful )
Saw Kingdom of Heaven with my sister to see Orlando Bloom . I thought it was very interesting, though the placement of twenty-first century minds in the medieval period was a bit of a stretch for me, even in Movieworld.
And I love Marvin forever no matter what he looks like. I am sure that would make him very sad indeed.
Yeah, but after he died, he popped right back up and Yoda and Obi-Wan were there. And wasn't Qui-Gon there, in the re-make or something? I don't know, it's too late for remembering... Argh. Anyhow, everyone was there and it was a big party with fluffy happy Ewoks and fireworks. What's not to love?
Empire is my least favorite of the original trilogy. I was always very cynical about the big 'reveal' at the end, and the Cloud City sequence always kind of bored me (*ducks*).