Fri, Jun. 10th, 2005, 12:51 am
Revenge of the Bad Movie
I finally saw Episode III and, unfortunately, hated it. As in, I thought it was worse than Episode II, and possibly even worse than Episode I. Seriously. The dialogue was unspeakable, the plot heavy-handed, and the characterization abominable. And, oh, god, Padme makes me ashamed to be a woman. Actually, I just don't want to be a woman anywhere near George Lucas. He seems to have very old-fashioned ideas of what a woman is good for. There were a few good moments (maybe twenty minutes out of the movie), but it really wasn't worth my time to wait for them.
Not that this is news to anyone here, except rscott
who told me this movie wasn't an absolute disaster. Sorry, Rob, you were wrong. I could do better in my sleep
. Damn your eyes, George. Damn your eyes.
Fri, Jun. 10th, 2005 06:06 am (UTC)
I didn't think it was worse than its predecessors, but I did
feel like I was fighting the whole way through to spin it in my head into what it could have been/I wanted it to be. And only intermittently succeeding.
Fri, Jun. 10th, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
Well, I kind of felt that way for all of them. "Wait! There's a good movie here, somewhere, if I can only find it . . . ."
Fri, Jun. 10th, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC)
Well, I said it wasn't so bad also, so Rob doesn't get the entire blame. It is DEFINATELY better than the first one, though. That movie was the distilled essence of disappointment.
Yeah Padme was regrettable in this movie. She is not a sit and home and cry kind of girl, but by popping the preggers plot the first second we see her, I'm sure everyone felt it would be inappropriate for her to go running around with buns in the oven. Because, as we are clearly shown at the end, when a pregnant woman runs around and gets upset, she DIES. (Well, the choking didn't help, but yeah.)
Moral of the story: George Lucas should leave writing women to women. Or to men who have more than an ant's share of empathy and human understanding.
Fri, Jun. 10th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
My favorite snark about Ep III is that "Luke" and "Leia" are Nabonese for "cesarian" and "epidural".
(this seems, now that I've written it, only tangentially related to your comment. Ah well.)
Fri, Jun. 10th, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
And, of course, can't have the kids be born out of wedlock . . .
Fri, Jun. 10th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
I think George Lucas likely had a better plot (except for Padme, who is now the useless barefoot pregnant wife), but took a sledgehammer to it. I wonder if something like the Phantom Edit could be done.
Fri, Jun. 10th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
I hope he had a better plot, because that wouldn't be too hard: the boy and I came up with a better plot on our way home from the theater. Seriously. I kind of want to write a treatment for "The Prequels: The Good Versions," but I'm ultimately not as much of a Star Wars fangirl as I used to be, mostly thanks to GEORGE BLOODY GODDAMN LUCAS.
Fri, Jun. 10th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)
I hope he had a better plot, because that wouldn't be too hard: the boy and I came up with a better plot on our way home from the theater. Seriously.
Personally, I think he took whatever plot he had for the finally, and then modified it now that he's getting political. So he basically screwed up his legacy and gave us something that feels stapled together at the last second. You can see more of my thoughts herebut I'm ultimately not as much of a Star Wars fangirl as I used to be, mostly thanks to GEORGE BLOODY GODDAMN LUCAS.
I think your not really sharing your emotions, Jess. Tell me how you really feel. ;)
Fri, Jun. 10th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
I essentially wrote a short treatment of that sort on my journal a couple of weeks ago. If I had more fangirl in me, I would have tackled the political plot as well as the personal one.
Fri, Jun. 10th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
I'm seeing this movie on Saturday morning. I'm going by myself so it takes as little a slice out of my day as possible.
The fact that I am treating it like a doctor's appointment should tell you my expectations...
Fri, Jun. 10th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
That was almost exactly my attitude too! I sort of sighed and said, "Well, I'm going to HAVE to see it eventually . . . might as well get it over with."
This is just depressing.