May 17, 2005

Star Wars Episode 3 – as fantastic as The Matrix 2 & 3 were rubbish

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You'd think that having sat through every other episode of Star Wars yesterday (I was one of the crazy 1330 people in The Empire Leicester Square from 7am until 11pm), I'd be falling asleep during Episode 3 (the last film of the night).

No chance.

This film bridges the gap between Episode 2 and Episode 4 – and what a gap it is! There's hardly any letup in the story being moved along, and even some old characters kicking ass in new ways. I'd not been too entrhalled by Episodes 1 and 2 before, but I can now see how they fit in to the overall story – they are Episodes in the life of Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader. To put more into Episodes 1 or 2 would have meant they weren't "Episodes" in his life and would have become more of a continuing narrative without well-defined start and end points.

I'm still not going to say that Episodes 1 and 2 are great films, but they now stand more comfortably with the rest of the Star Wars universe.

PS - I'd recommend seeing the film in the biggest cinema possible with as many people there as possible – 1330 people in one screen applauding/cheering <whoever> kicking <whoever else>'s ass is just fantastic!

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