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So last night I did something that'll probably go down as a once-in-a-lifetime. I watched all six episodes of Star Wars. In order. Back to back. In 15 hours.

A friend of Striker's managed to get tickets to a midnight showing, so we started at 6pm with episodes I and II, then off to the cinema to see III, then back to Striker's to watch IV, V, and VI.

Was a brilliant night. The hardest part was staying awake between 5-6am, at the beginning-middle of Empire Strikes Back.

Episode III exceeded expections. That is, I had no expectations after I and II, and so was pleasantly surprised by this one. The story was good, the acting was good, the effects were stunning. It's very intense, very dark, very sad. I definitely want to go see it again.

The only two gripes I had with it (spoilers following) were Anakin's descent into evil and overuse of cgi.

I felt Anakin's change to the dark side was just a little bit too much of a stretch. I think he still had too much of a conscience left in him at the time for him to do what he did to the jedi. I actually would have found it more believable if he'd been wronged more deeply by one or more jedi and so he really was out for revenge. But it came across as he was only doing it because he was told to in order to save Padme. I think if it came down to it, choosing Padme's life over the lives of all the jedi wouldn't have been something he'd do. I just don't think he'd gotten "cold" enough to do that.

The other issue is cgi everywhere. I mean don't get me wrong, it's utterly beautifully filmed, but it just felt like nothing was tangibly real. The entire thing was shot at Fox Studios in Sydney. No location shooting whatsover (except a couple of flyby background plates). I can't imagine the actors would have had an interesting work environment. Just a few different textured floors, and lots of bluescreen. It felt almost like the entire thing was just a nice computer game.

So anyway. My 0.022c inc gst.

I still haven't actually had any sleep yet. Think I'll try not to, and get some stuff sorted out that I never get to on the weekends.


Stu said:

You are a geek Goddess! :-) An impressive feat.

May 19, 2005 12:04 PM


kazza said:

Thanks :)
I'm sure I'm going to suffer at work tomorrow though :)

May 19, 2005 12:32 PM


CC said:

Did you take the day off for it? I wish I could've done that!!! That's an amazing feat!


May 19, 2005 4:30 PM


kazza said:

Yep I took today off, back at work tomorrow. Haven't slept at all. Will go to bed early tonight and hope I can mostly catchup :)

May 19, 2005 5:00 PM


Ben said:

Oh wow, that must have been great!

I loved, loved, loved EpIII.

May 19, 2005 10:32 PM


Phillbo said:

I thought the movie was pretty mad. I did find it very heart breaking when Anakin killed the innocent Jedi younglings; I definately didn't expect to see it happen like that. I am sure it had to happen at some stage though, as it was mentioned by Ben Kenobi in Episode IV.

May 20, 2005 10:41 PM


CC said:

Yay! I finally saw it! =) I thought it was pretty mad too.

May 25, 2005 12:09 AM


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