Fun/Entertainment: May 2005 Archives

I can't resist commenting on two lines people keep talking about in Episode III. If you want absolutely no spoilers, don't read this, but this spoils so little that most of you won't care. People have been complaining or rejoicing (depending on their view on the issue) at what they perceive to be Lucas' use of this film as a jab at Bush in the war on terrorism. I haven't seen it yet, but I did hear Lucas' response to these claims, and I know enough about the film and about the issues in question to say something, pending my viewing of the film of course for a final judgment. I'll keep the rest of this in the extended entry for those who are absolutists about spoilers, but this really won't spoil much of anything.


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You Are 31 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

No, I did not gerrymander this to get the results to come out right, but yes I did deliberately wait almost a day so it would be correct.

Here's a review of Revenge of the Sith that gives me A New Hope that long-time Star Wars fans will accept this one. [Hat tip: Volokh Conspirator Todd Zywicki] This review is by someone who was pretty disappointed in Episodes 1 and 2 but thought Lucas redeemed himself with this one. A lot of people say they liked the originals but didn't like Episodes 1 and 2. If you're in that category, then you might still like Episode 3, according to this review.

Of course, I've never understood the insistence that the prequels are much worse than the originals. When I saw Episode 1, I didn't expect something like what I as a kid had thought Star Wars was. I knew Star Wars wasn't really what I as a kid had thought it was. I was simply looking for a good ride in the first movie, which led to my enjoying it. I ignored the awful Amidala-Anakin scenes in Episode 2, which meant I could really enjoy all of the fun stuff in that one, and there was a lot of it. The original trilogy wasn't any better in terms of scriptwriting or directing, at least in the details (except Empire, which was written and directed by people much better than Lucas, so it was good even in the details). It was just incredible fun based on what Lucas does do well -- come up with a great overall story and secure great people for special effects. People who like the originals but not the prequels simply don't realize that the prequels are pretty much the same sort of thing and can't get over the child's appreciation of the originals that they just won't apply in the same way to the prequels.



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