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Well, I went out and saw the new Star Wars movie yesterday. I was very impressed by this one, and it is probably my favorite Star Wars movie of the six.

I've always been a casual fan of Star Wars. By casual, I mean that I don't dress like a wookie and wait outside the movie theatre a week before the movie starts showing. I enjoyed the dark nature of this movie which has been absent from other versions.

The main plot of Star Wars has always revolved around Anakin/Vader, whos actions effect the fate of the universe. The prequal movies are supposed to show how this one nobody becomes the most significant person in the universe. This rise to significance, however, is down the path of evil, and needs to be told in a dark and depressing way. The fundemental problem with Episodes 1 and 2 is that there was such a light-hearted mood in the movies that they did little to advance this main plot. Episode 3 was the first time that a Star Wars movie has showcased powerful emotions, in my opinion. Although the movie was sometimes corny, it truly was powerful in scope. Then again, Titanic was corny and it was the highest selling movie of all time.

So basically, I really enjoyed the movie. I urge even moderate Star Wars fans to go out and see it.
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I had mixed feelings about the whole thing. I thought that it was done partly well, but the key factors of Anakin turning to the darkside, and the extermination of the Jedi were rushed. As well as palpatine being revealed as Sidius. I mean, in the expanded universe, specifically the Timozthy Zahn Trilogy, which is perhaps one of the best Trilogys ever written for the Star Wars Universe (in fact rumors of these books being made into movies has been circulating for sometime), it makes mention of the Emperor cloning himself countless times, because of the effect of the darkside crippling his body. He would simply clone a new body, and through some dark ritual transfer his life force. They could have incorporated this into this last film, as it in my opinion was a vital back story element. This was the least of my complaints however.

Some darkness, yes , but ridiculous. Did you ever see the movie Team America? Well after Anakins encounter with Mace Windu, Anakin's kneeling on the floor in front of the Empeeror. All I could think of was "Are you willing to do anything for your country Gary?" and then the Sidius starts growning. I couldn't help but laugh very hard, and I was seeing the movie by myself, everyone was looking at me funny but anyway this is also not really a huge problem.

My biggest problem was that there was no real catalyst for the character to change. Yes Anakins past experience with his mother and his visions of Padme must have been powerful, but it doesn't make sense to me that he would simply throw away over a decades worth of comrodery and training at some off chance wim, that some evil bastard was telling him he could change his future. I mean surely if Anakin was really this all powerful Jedi, he would have said, "Ok, this guy is obviously evil, he's been lying to me and everyone to advance his own motives a lone. Why would he care to help me?" I guess logically for me, the whole premis of how and why he turns to the darkside is just flawed like a piece of stinky cheese that has just been put through a pressure washer. Sure love and fear can make people do stupid things, but it usually doesn't cause their entire character to change, especially within a days time, which is essentially how long it takes for Anakin to turn to the darkside.

Also the way the story resolution was done, it was just too casual, they only cattered to story elements to make them connect. It seemed like they had to try too hard, where as if it was done correctly, or better, the pieces would have overlapped seemlessly, which wasn't the case. The whole ending seemed forced.

My biggest beef of all the new movies, WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO YODA'S SPEACH? What, yoda learns to talk better after much meditation of Dagobah? What ever, that was one of the worst moves ever, and they stuck with it. Oh well though. More force power too em. Sorry for rambling so much in your journal.

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My biggest problem was that there was no real catalyst for the character to change. Yes Anakins past experience with his mother and his visions of Padme must have been powerful, but it doesn't make sense to me that he would simply throw away over a decades worth of comrodery and training at some off chance wim, that some evil bastard was telling him he could change his future.


What the movie trys to say is that Anakin was never really a good Jedi in mindset, because he had always desired more power. His mindset didn't change all of the sudden, he had been in that mindset for years, and had those thoughts for years. He just at that point decided to follow through on them.

That is just what I thought, though.

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I agree with Stompy on this one - Anakin's entire character didn't change over night. He'd been on the edge for a long time, and many of the Jedi Masters knew it. That's the prime reason they kept holding him back, I think. I also think that this is the reason why Obi Wan and Yoda are so leery of Luke in later movies. His reactions and emotions are actually rather similar to Anakin's in many cases. They were both on that teetering edge for a while. In both cases I think it could have gone either way and Obi Wan/Yoda knew it. Once each of them actually made their decisions though, they were pretty resolute about sticking with them.

Basically, I think Anakin had been having serious doubts for a long time, but once he made his decision, he didn't look back. His doubts were gone and he followed the urgings of the Dark Side. Luke, once his decision was made on Bespin when facing Anakin, never really doubted again either.

My 2 copper pieces, anwyay.

For what it's worth, I really enjoyed the movie also and consider myself a casual fan of Star Wars. It's my second favorite, right behind Empire Strikes Back.

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