Friday, 27 May 2005

Parting is such bittersweet sorrow

Whilst I collect my thoughts following the onset of a migraine headache last night. Here is a snapshot of Revenge of the Sith:

*Opening battle fore and background detail was too cluttered making it difficult to follow the action - no focal point. After the ill considered Phantom Menace Battle Droid montage reprise, the Dooku rematch was sacrilegiously short making way for the asthmatic Grievous and his Neimoidian aid voiced by a Californian surfer!

*Planet fall and the personal drama ramps up. Christensen and Portman now have chemistry. McGregor is at ease and McDiarmid owns the movie!

*Raging battles across the galaxy showcase Clone varieties and induce excitement - from Speeder Bikes to proto Scout Walkers it's an extended Hasbro commercial.

*Yoda's departure from Kashyyyk was affecting and mirrored, musically and visually, E.T's departure.

*The final duel exteriorises the conflict within Anakin and Obi-Wan clearly does not want to kill his apprentice and friend. Anakin's charred body leaves an indelible nightmarish impression.

*Padme's death and Anakin's mechanised encasement is heartbreaking and the audience was shell-shocked. The mask, the breathing, a traumatic slideshow maketh. Vader rises and there's no rejoicing!

* The setting suns barely visible behind my tears...