My wife spent Thursday and Friday at bed, with a particularly tiring case of the flu. In Saturday, however, she felt a lot better, so in order to celebrate we went to watch Star Wars episode III. I will not comment here much about the movie, because it was already reviewed to death in countless sites; but I’ll try to add some personal insight. There might or might not be spoilers ahead.
1. First of all, I would like to tell you how breathtaking this movie is, visually speaking. The visual effects look seamless and well rendered, and the ambientation is very well done. Especially, I enjoyed the first sequence very much, even though a lot of movie pundits said that it was one of the film’s weakest points. Why, I don’t know; for me it was just superb. But good looks were not only limited to special effects: just seeing Miss Portman with jasmine flowers over her hair was simply beautiful and impressive in its own way.
2. The acting was generally lousy or bad. It was painful watching Natalie Portman trying to convey a great deal of emotional baggage over such trite lines. Hayden Christensen is much better than in Episode II, but he is still below standards. However, Ian McDiarmid stands above all others: his role requires him to be almost Satanic, and he does the job with great flair.
3. In general, the movie is a Faustian tale of personal doom, and is a great illustration about how Satan deceives through his lies. However, not everything is commendable: Obi-Wan says at one point: “Only the Dark Side speaks in absolutes.” Yeah, right; then, is the Lord Jesus Christ on a side other than Light, perhaps? This is an outright deception.
With this caveat and with the 1000-ton grain of salt that comes with the Star Wars universe, I think the movie could be enjoyed very much by all of you. Recommended.