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Saw Ep II

Shoulda been called "Attack of the Bad Scriptwriters."

My thoughts on 3/15 were pretty much right on the money.

Obi-Wan, Palpatine, and Dooku got the good storyline, with intrigue, action, and Jedi confrontations. Anakin and Amidala got the implausible, poorly-constructed teen luv snooz-a-rama plot thread, though both tried quite valiantly. Christensen exceeded my expectations - he did a good job with the part. I thought he showed particular skill in translating some of the mannerisms and speech stylings of his predecessor. E.M. as Obi-Wan is just top-notch.

However, the plot, and the people (George, George - get back to the people, dammit), took a back seat to the pyrotechnics and CGI.

I won't even go into the whole thing. It would just take too long to write, it really would, but my frustration can be summed up by pointing out that the story is being painted in brushstrokes that are so large as to be crude, and insultingly obvious to the audience. It is sledgehammer symbolism, utterly lacking in subtlety and grace. It is frustrating, because there is a neat epic tale there, but it is getting lost because it could have been done so much better. Parts of it were good, parts of it were boring, parts of it were actually painful to watch and made me wince for the actors saying the cornball lines.

We did get to see the new Matrix trailer before it, though. ;)

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florindo
May. 16th, 2002 11:35 pm (UTC)
Lucas is focused on his toys. I'm convinced it's all he really cares about. When he found out how much he could make from the merchandising alone, he was more than happy to make episodes 5 and 6. I think he's making 1 through 3 to make more money and avoid a lynching. He's close to avoiding the lynching.

The movie was fun... but it could have been better. I think Roger Ebert (who, regrettably, had his head up his ass while watching Spider-man) said it best when he said something like "there were no good quoteable lines in Attack of the Clones."

I think that the whole Lucasarts team needs to sit down, take a reality check and realize that people WILL SIT FOR THREE-PLUS HOURS IN A THEATER IF YOU'D JUST DEVELOP A DECENT GODDAMNED PLOT.

I actually thought that Jar-Jar's need to "be there" for Amidala in her absence leading to his being used by Sidious was a good point that got lost in a blur.

And... OK, I -know- that Palpatine is Sidious... but am I'm wrong in thinking that the Jedi Council should have gotten big freaking clue when Obi-Wan sent his report back from Genosis (or however you pronounce that planet)?

I could sum the experience up as:

Lots of head-scratching, great action, some noticeable "well, that looked fake" moments, but a good overall presentation. A slow build up to a worthwhile ending act, but a rather rushed and awkward romance. An enjoyable movie that cannot stand on its own without the support of the chapters that came before (and after) it.
philantropist
May. 20th, 2002 11:53 am (UTC)
but am I'm wrong in thinking that the Jedi Council should have gotten big freaking clue when Obi-Wan sent his report back from Genosis (or however you pronounce that planet)?

Actually, I don't think that it was Palpatine. I think it was Dookum (or however you spell him), unless Palpatine is also the Jedi who was mentioned killed over 10 years ago.
Tough to tell, I guess we'll get more answers in EPIII
florindo
May. 20th, 2002 10:48 pm (UTC)
Re:
I think perhaps you misunderstood just what I was referring to. Even if Dooku was lying, the Jedi Council knows (expecially Yoda) that the Dark Side is up to something and is interferring with their vision of the future.

It should have set off alarm bells.

One thing I was thinking of, though. There are clones of the Emperor (we know this from the books that follow episode 6) ... who's to say there aren't clones NOW (as in Episode 2) and Palpatine isn't really Darth Sidious... Instead, Palpatine's not quite so "Dark Sidey" and is able to more-easily slip under the Jedi radar while his clone/original exudes the Dark Side from across the planet.
philantropist
May. 21st, 2002 04:49 am (UTC)
Ah... I see what you mean.

I don't think that the books past EP6 are actually canon. Clones of the Emporer do seem likely, but I really do think that Palpatine is Darth Sidious, otherwise nothing makes sense. Difficult to see, the dark side is.
florindo
May. 21st, 2002 10:38 am (UTC)
Re:
Well, see... Sidious and Palpatine -are- the same person... but they're clones of the same person. All the more confusing for the Jedi Council if Sidious is scheming in the shadows while Palpatine is manipulating and politiking in the light.

What I would find most interesting is if Annakin is asked by Palpatine to kill Sidious ... and all the while, Palpatine's dark powers are manifesting themselves :)
pointedview
May. 22nd, 2002 06:17 pm (UTC)
What I would find most interesting and appealing would be if Palpatine . . . or anyone, for that matter . . . asked Anakin, or Obi-Wan, or the local Coruscant toenail clipper to kill Jar-Jar Binks. I'd feel my movie money was well spent if that happened. :)
philantropist
May. 23rd, 2002 08:23 am (UTC)
Meesa hurt!

How wude...

*grin*duck*
philantropist
May. 20th, 2002 11:50 am (UTC)
YES, YES, YES!!!

I am so glad someone finally agrees with me. Ewan McGregor did get the good storyline, and Lucas was not able to botch his acting ability.
Most people I heard where either "This movie was GREAT" or "This movie SUCKED". I think it sucked for a Star Wars movie, but not in general. Also, why do people think that EPII was better than EPI?

I still like how some things unfolded, but over all the experience was kinda like the Windows eXPerience. ; )
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