Posts Tagged ‘star wars’

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)

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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)

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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)

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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: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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After deciding directing really wasn’t his favorite thing to do, Star Wars creator George Lucas enticed Irvin Kershner to helm the dark second act of the famous trilogy.  With an emotionally-packed narrative by Lucas and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, Kershner created what many consider the best chapter of the series.  I believe it’s more than that.  […]

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