Saw it tonight. Wasn't expecting great things. But...|
..it was bloody fantastic ... mostly.
The first two thirds of the film are brilliant, the dialogue was more natural, everyone's performances more relaxed. The whole thing felt it had life and energy, and definitely a humanity that was absent from the previous prequels.
The Palpatine rescue - exhilerating, funny (really) and stunning to boot! The battles were truly a feast for the eyes, I can't wait to see it again as the attention to detail and the amount going on was breathtaking!
Characterisation was great, if still slightly cartoon in nature (Grevious was almost an excellent bad guy). Overall SFX design and realisation (rendering and animation) was leagues ahead of the previous two - and as I said, you felt like you were moving around the universe, instead of being spectator to an animated painting.
The score - DAMN that score! Mr Williams has outdone himself again with a brooding, darkly pulsing work. Nicely weaving the familiar older signature themes (Leia's and Luke's) with the more recent bits. In fact, I can't overstate it's importance in the difference it made to the movie's reception. For example, the Jedi assassinations were truly moving, and the final duel was an aural blast!
Dialogue for the most part was bearable (even good in some places), and there was a genuine sense of humour - and as I said - humanity to it.
So great, fantastic, superb! But then .. theres...
... the hamfisted introduction of Darth Vader (as he should be) - I still struggle to comprehend the lack of thought and care that was graced upon this scene! What self respecting filmaker in their right minds would put a "NNNoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...." scene into a scene and not mean it as a pisstake?? What the FUCK was going on there? Utterly awful! Then theres ...
... the final duel, as mentioned - visually a real treat, but christ! Do we really have to have "I'm powerful - more powerful than before, even more powerful than you, more powerful than you'....." OK - FUCK OFF! We get the picture. You're powerful.
It basically breaks down thus:
90% OMFGWTF!!!11one - bloody amazing
10% OMGWTFLOLROFL!!!11eleven - fucking awful
..overall though, I'm a very very happy Star Wars geek!
Can't wait to see it again in fact - this time with selective cringe blinkers in place for al the right places.