It’s four in the morning and we just got back from the showing. Yeah, that was pretty much all right. A good and fitting end to the series, and to our whole (collective) Star Wars moviegoing experience. Moments that stood out for me: The whole theater going silent after the title crawl as the two fighters gracefully swooped over the big ship… and straight into the most frenetic space battle we’ve seen yet. Obi-Wan’s kick-ass ninja pose. Thinking that Ian McDiarmid was acting the pants off everyone else in the movie… until he started gnawing on the scenery. Wondering just what was up with Natalie Portman’s face in that film. (No, seriously. What was with that? Did she put on weight to play pregnant or something? Because she looked totally different from the way she usually does, and not in a good way. She had some Keira Knightley Duck Face going on there.) Laughing at the costume designer that actually envisioned a women sleeping in a nightgown with swags of pearls across the upper arms. Feeling tearful and desperate as the clone troopers carried out Order 66 and the Jedi were gunned down. Hayden Christensen without his shirt on. (What can I say? He’s grown on me.) The utter ridiculousness of nearly every love scene. The audience cheering when Yoda slammed the guards into the wall. Thinking that the final showdown between Anakin and Obi-wan was good… but not that good. (Obi-Wan versus Darth Maul, short as it was, is still the best lightsaber fight in the series.) Wondering why Liam Neeson didn’t get a cameo. And sure, 3PO gets his memory wiped, but how the hell does R2 lose all his cool gadgetry? In the first series he couldn’t even negotiate stairs, but now he fools Super Battle Droids with the old “Slick Shoes” routine and even engages in physical comedy.
I could go on and on. But hey, it’s late and I’m tired, and any of you that really give a crap about it are probably going to see it yourself in the next twelve hours or so… so have a good time! It really truly doesn’t suck. There are still a few clunkers but overall the film is packed with action and it didn’t disappoint. ‘Night!