DylanDog wrote:BTW, where the hell is Chuck? I can't believe this he hasn't chimed in in this whole thread.
You rang?!? Yeah I'm still here. Just had too much going on lately to chime in on everything. But anyway....
Does anyone really need a review from me? I'm pretty much in the majority when I say that EPISODE 3 is definitely the best of the prequels. I've seen it twice already and it still holds up good. I'm with Remo in saying that EMPIRE and NEW HOPE are still the best in the series, but SITH comes in third. CLONES, JEDI, and MENACE all fall behind SITH respectively.
For what its worth, I thought the movie was a blast from start to finish. Unlike the previous entries, which were brought down with moments of tedium, the story for this one moved right along without a dull moment. The scenes with Anakin and Padme were also handled a little better despite some corny dialogue. The opening space battle was spectacular as well as plenty of lightsaber action. General Grevious and the wookies were pretty cool and it's too bad the movie didn't use more of them. Anakin's descent to the dark side is well handled and the final confrontation between him and Obi-Wan is every bit as brutal as it needed to be. I'm glad Lucas made a PG-13 film this time around as it is more appropriate considering the overall tone and gives the movie a more adult feel. All in all I was pretty satisfied that this movie tied up all the loose ends started in the prequels. I definitely hope to see it again before I buy the DVD. But there were still a few things that I felt were unexplained in the end. I'm sure by now everyone has seen this but just in case:
<WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!!>
One big inconsistency exists between the prequels and the original trilogy. In JEDI, Leia tells Luke that she remembered her real mother dying when she was young. But in SITH, Padme dies right after childbirth so how is it possible that Leia remembered her mother at all?
How did Obi-Wan and Yoda know about Anakin's family on Tatooine? Padme was the only one other than Anakin who knew he had a stepbrother.
It was never explained how the Kamino system was erased from the Jedi archives in EPISODE 2. One might suggest that Palpatine could have erased the data, but Yoda said that only a Jedi could have erased them (which would make Anakin a likely suspect). But since these clones were being created with a secret mission to kill the Jedi, it seems unlikely that a Jedi would have erased that info.
Yeah I know movies that are part of a series aren't always supposed to be consistent or explain everything but these few issues puzzled me even after seeing the movie twice. Does anyone have any insight on these?