Friday, July 01, 2005

My final theatrical viewing of Revenge of The Sith

I took Thursday and Friday off from my normal job to work on a side project. I was finished today at noon so instead of going home, I went to a matinee of Revenge of The Sith. It was my third and likely final time seeing the movie in the theater. It was as close to a perfect Star Wars showing experience as I could get: there were about 10 other people there, clearly all of them fans (who else would see a movie that's been out for 6 weeks?). There were no annoying cell phone calls, no laughter or talking, just a few geeks enjoying the movie.

By this time I've seen or heard many reviews, both good and bad. Unlike my previous prequel experiences, I still really like this movie even after hearing some negative opinions. I think it improves with each viewing. Even the romantic dialogue seemed less clunky today. Despite knowing how it turns out, I still hope that Mace Windu will kill Palpatine and prevent the destruction of the Jedi. Or that Yoda will finish the job. It's not a perfect film, but it's much better than I expected or hoped it would be. And that opening awes me every time I see it: the nearly 2-minute-long tracking shot of the 2 Jedi fighters, the space battle, and everything that happens on Grievous' ship, with Anakin and Obi-Wan working together. You can really see how close they are. I feel sad when they have their last friendly conversation, just before Obi-Wan leaves for Utapau.

I'm sorry to see Star Wars go, but for me it will live on in books, computer games, and even fan films. And the TV shows will be along in a few years. Star Wars will always be my favorite sci-fi universe, no matter what else comes along. Even the Lord of the Rings can't compete in the end. Although that reminds me: it's been a long time since I watched THAT trilogy. As much as I love Star Wars, I'm ready for a break. Bring on the elves!

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