I had to get to it eventually.

15 Jun

        Man, Episode III is phenomenal. It’s just, pure visual masterpiece. Taking still images from it doesn’t even work all that well. Without the camera movement and the fantastic music, they’re just pretty pictures. But I don’t want to talk about the movie right now. Well, I do, but first I’d like to talk about the timeliness of it.
        The first Star Wars movie, released in 1977, became a cultural phenomenon, causing vast changes in the movie industry, and forever transforming the fabric of our society. I am not exaggerating. Even if you don’t like the movies, you know it to be true. None of the other Star Wars movies have had that effect on the world. Debatably, no other movies of any kind have affected the world as much as that first Star Wars movie.
        Nobody knows why this is. The original Star Wars is a movie full of incredibly cheesy dialogue, and characters that are two-dimensional at best. Why did it change the world? Part of it is about the special effects. Part of it is that it’s a fun movie to watch. There are theories attributing its huge success to providing a fun escape to a culture that desperately needed a fun escape. America was looking for any escape, coming after the cold war, depression, noir films, a loss of faith and trust in the government, etc. and Star Wars is what came. At least, that’s one theory. Another theory is that, again, due to the current state of affairs, a simple story about good triumphing over evil is just what the country ordered. But, nobody knows.
        Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is not as much of a phenomenon as the original film. I do believe it is just as good (if not better) in a critical sense, but that’s not what this is about. Due to the current state of affairs, it seems a complex story about “good” being “a point of view” and evil taking over the world by dividing complicated things into simple absolutes and pitting them against themselves, is just what the country ordered. I don’t know if it’s true, but I’ve heard that people saw this movie, and got right back in line to see it again. If true, this is only the second Star Wars movie for that to be true about. You know what the first one was.
        Revenge of the Sith is not a fun escape. It is a disturbing tale of good intentions paving the road to hell. It is a gorgeous illustration of powerful officials using deception to cause great destruction and evil under the guise of freedom and peace. In other words, it’s all very familiar. It’s a stunning piece of cinema.


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