May 17, 2005

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

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/4549651.stm

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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  1. Steve Rumsby

    I can't work out if this is a silly question or not, so I'll ask it anyway and take the risk:-)

    What is the correct order to watch the films?

    Those of us of a certain age will have watched them in the order 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3, but are they made to be watched in that order? I have kids now getting interested in Star Wars thanks to the current publicity around the release of 3. If they've not watched any of them before, should they really watch them in the order 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6?

    17 May 2005, 12:11

  2. No they were not made to be watched in that order. Lucas just made 4,5,6 cos he only had enough money to make 3, so picked the middle 3 to make. So, the correct order would be 1,2,3,4,5,6.

    17 May 2005, 12:30

  3. Andrew – would you be willing to review the film on RaW News some time tomorrow? We're doing a big feature on it and were thinking "damn, if only we had someone who'd seen the film…

    17 May 2005, 12:54

  4. Andrew Maddison

    I'd agree on the ordering of the films being "correct" at 1,2,3,4,5,6, but 4–6 stand well together as a trilogy. If Lucas had made 1 first, it wouldn't have been a success – not least because the special effects of 1977 couldn't have done what was required for Episode 1, but mostly due to the story not standing on its own very well (you meet this guy called Anakin Skywalker and he's going to train to be a Jedi).
    Even 1–3 don't stand very well on their own as there's no happy ending in sight, whereas 4–6 wrap the whole thing up nicely.
    There were rumours that Star Wars was supposed to be a trilogy of trilogies (ie 9 films), but you can now see that it's basically about Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader and that the story is now totally complete.

    17 May 2005, 13:54

  5. kaiser grap

    I think they should have them watched in 123456 because then when you get to 4 you know the difference between 456 and 123. Then you can understand if you have little kids. But George Lucas really made the films good and i would like to see more like 789.

    05 Jun 2005, 16:14

  6. Andrew Maddison

    Maybe, but then we wouldn't have been able to watch them at a "sensible" time of day. There's no way they would have allowed the Episode 3 showing to be before the actual premiere so episodes 4–6 would have been very late at night. Plus, when people have seen the new one, they might not stick around for the rest of the films.

    Warwick Student Cinema are trying to get hold of the entire 6-film double trilogy for next term so it will (hopefully) be the first opportunity for anyone, anywhere to watch all of them on the big screen, where they should be seen.

    George Lucas publicly stated many times on the Premiere day itself that there are never going to be Episodes 7–9 – the 6 films are the story of the life of Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader, and by the end of Episode 6 he's dead so no more story! They're planning on doing a TV series, though.

    05 Jun 2005, 17:39

  7. jamei lowe

    So will the TV series be made with Anakin Skywakler/Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, Leia Skywalker, Han Solo, etc.? Or will it only be with the surviving charactors at the end of Episode 6?

    09 Jun 2005, 22:55

  8. Tia Grap

    I enjoyed the movies and i think they either should remake 456 or make 789.

    27 Apr 2006, 23:16

  9. daniel

    y don dey remake 4-5-6 the affects r crap

    02 Oct 2006, 14:01

  10. DeAnn

    I agree with daniel, I watched all 6 episodes back to back recently and trust me the last three episodes could be even better if they injected some of the technology that are in the first 3 episodes. the lightsaber fights for one are archaic and slow, it is horrible to watch yoda kick butt in episode 3, then to see the ever slow movement of the vader – kenobi fight in episode 4.

    19 Oct 2006, 17:07

  11. Andrew Maddison

    What the real problem is is that Lucas can’t resist going back and tinkering with things again and again, and refuses to be constrained by the “Star Wars Universe” he created himself. Yes, there are many failings with the effects of the first 3 (ie episodes 4-6) but that was what Lucas had to work with in the 70s and 80s. What he should have done was to use the best bits of digital SFX (ie no optical matte lines on effects shots) but also used the best bits of traditional model SFX (completely CG’d stuff just didn’t look real at the time of Episode 1, and was only approaching acceptability for Episode 3).

    The problem is that Lucas won’t be told what he can and can’t do in the world of effects: that gamble paid of in the 70s when he pushed the boundaries of special effects, but backfired in the 90s/00s when he overused immature digital techniques.

    23 Oct 2006, 09:25

  12. Hope

    I love hayden christianson!!! i think he is a super hottie bomb!!!

    14 Feb 2007, 21:37

  13. bell

    Star wars is awsome & they are holding events all over the USA for you to be part of 7,8, &9! so go out bye yourself a lightsaber and PRACTICE!!!

    20 Mar 2007, 23:29


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