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I try not to post non-technical stuff here, but I'm still working on my new personal site, and my personal blog is down, so I thought I'd post it here.

I just got back from seeing Episode III, and I haven't stopped talking about it. It was BY FAR the best of all the Star Wars movies. I felt like a little kid watching it. I knew what was going to happen, but I found myself (on more than one occasion) saying "Annie, don't do it!" Oh, it was so cool.

I used to read every day. But I saw the screenplay for EPII way early, and it totally ruined that movie for me. After that, I swore I wasn't going to touch that site until after I saw EPIII. So, in their old tradition, and spoiler-related stuff will be in white text, and you'll have to highlight it to read it.

(Highlight text for spoiler-related material)

So in the part where Palpatine is telling Anakin about that Sith legend. I think he was talking about his master in that story. He had mentioned that this Sith Lord was so powerful, he could even use the Midichlorians to create life. I think that Palpatine's master specifically created Anakin to become his apprentice, but Palpatine became obsessed, killed his master, and took on Darth Maul as his apprentice. He then set up a chain of events that he foresaw the outcome on, as to make Anakin his pawn.

But the coolest thing is, I can't hate Darth Vader anymore. After Palpatine manipulated him, and lied to him about Padme, Obi-Wan kicked the crap out of him, and he was burned alive, you can't help but feel sorry for him. He had all the power in the world, but was powerless to stop his own destiny.

At the end of the day, I can't help but wonder what George feels like right now. He's waited over 30 years to be able to tell this story. What would that be like to have to wait that long to complete something? He spend millions of dollars of his own money, just because he wanted to tell us a story. That's pretty damned cool, IMO.

The movie is incredible. Go see it, even if you feel you've been jaded by the last two. This one made putting up with Jar-Jar worth it ;).


Mike Sax said:

Thanks for the good review, Robert...the last line is my favorite.
# May 20, 2005 2:43 PM

Ricky said:

(re: your spoiler comments)

You're supposed to feel sorry for Vader. The 6 movies are really all about the rise, fall, and salvation of Anakin Skywalker. The fall of the Republic is just the backdrop.
# May 20, 2005 4:19 PM

rick said:

How long was that fateful battle supposed to last? When Padme confronts Anakin, she looked like she was in her second trimester at the latest. When Obi-wan comes back, she has the baby.

# May 20, 2005 5:19 PM

Robert McLaws said:

Rick: Dunno, to be honest I think the events took place over the course of a year, because she didn't look pregnant in the first 20 minutes of the movie, then she was showing a bit a few scenes later, then she was showing a lot. So it's hard to tell.

Maybe humans in that other galaxy have quicker gestation periods ;).
# May 20, 2005 5:22 PM

Robert Scoble said:

This is what happens when someone writes a movie review without historical context. There is NO WAY this one is better than the first one. Why? That one broke so many rules and changed the movie industry forever.

This one still is trying to live up to the legacy of that movie that I saw in May, 1977 (and five times the first week).

This new movie is one I won't be seeing again. I'm sad my childhood memories finally has closure, but this movie is not a great one.

Even my son wasn't satisfied. All three of us agree it's the best of the new series, though.
# May 21, 2005 6:24 PM