I have just returned from the theater, whence I journeyed to view the final installment of the Saga that is Star Wars. Revenge of the Sith deserves both better, and worse from those who have reviewed it. To those fans who are still wiping the drool from their chins after their seventeenth viewing since last Thursday I say, "grow up, it wasn't that good." To those who have dismissed it as dreck without even really thinking about it for fifteen minutes I say, "get over yourselves, it wasn't that bad."
I must say that I find myself somewhat at odds with most of what I have read out here in the blogiverse. The parts everyone hated, I didn't think were so bad, and the parts everybody loved, I could have done without. In short form, here are some of my thoughts.
- Yes, the dialogue was pretty bad, but no worse than the dialogue in any of the previous films, including all of the original trilogy. Even the "Anakin, you're breaking my heart" line didn't really bother me.
- In their efforts to make the lightsabre battles in each movie faster and more intricate than the one before, they have reached the point where the audience cannot even follow what the heck is going on. I am reminded of the director of the old Green Hornet television show telling Bruce Lee to slow down, or the audience would miss all the cool moves. Sage advice that George appears to have forgotten.
- Did anyone else notice that right after Anakin pledges allegiance to Palpatine/Sidious, the latter admits that he doesn't really know how to do all that lifesaving stuff after all? Wasn't that supposed to be Anakin's motivation for going to the dark side?
- OK, that "Noooooo!!!" scene was horrible, and should have been left on the cutting room floor. I'll go with you there.
- The final fifteen minutes did absolutely nothing for me. It was so obviously just housekeeping that I lost interest long before the end credits rolled
I agree with everyone that asingle viewing is not enough to cover the film in depth, but further analysis will have to wait until it comes out on DVD. I can't see myself paying the money to see it in the theater again.