Posts Tagged ‘george lucas’

Film Review: Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

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Episode III is definitely the best of the prequel trilogy.  Everything I don’t like about the previous two films remains true, namely that they’re over-produced and the characters aren’t very interesting.  But at least Lucas finally cashes in on some of the dramatic potential.  As the Emperor finally seduces Anakin, there are surprisingly dark moments […]

Film Review: Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002)


Part two of the prequel trilogy is cluttered and over-produced like part one, but it’s a moderate improvement overall, thanks in large part to a solid final act. Hayden Christensen takes over the role of the teenaged Anakin Skywalker while Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor reprise their roles as Padme and Obi-Wan. Attack of the […]

Film Review: Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999)


It’s shiny and exciting to look at, a gorgeous smorgasbord of fantastic sets, wardrobe, make-up, and visual effects.  But it’s terribly over-produced, turning these assets into something garish and distracting.  It’s a shame the considerable talents of Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, and Natalie Portman couldn’t be put to better use.  All three appear insufferably constrained […]

Film Review: Return of the Jedi (1983)


Compared to the previous two episodes in George Lucas’ Star Wars saga, Return of the Jedi comes up a little short, but it’s still a solid piece of fantasy entertainment.  First the bad:  where did personality and drama go?  Our beloved heroes are so busy going through the motions, we get precious few character moments.  […]

Film Review: Labyrinth (1986)


Labyrinth is the product of a bizarre but winning combination of creative talents. Director Jim Henson reunites with Dark Crystal conceptual deisgner Brian Froud for a comic fantasy adventure produced by George Lucas and scripted by Monty Python’s Terry Jones. The movie is further energized by David Bowie, who plays the villainous Goblin King. Bowie […]

Film Review: Willow (1988)


George Lucas produces and Ron Howard directs this sword and sorcery fantasy adventure about an unlikely band of heroes who protect a prophetic baby against an evil queen who seeks to destroy them all. Willow is its producer’s baby and has a lot in common with the Star Wars movies. It’s characters are broadly drawn, […]

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