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Star Wars: ROTS

Here’s a review of the movie I saw today with my son, my friend, and his son. The adults appreciated some of the action but loathed most of the incredibly stilted and pretentious dialogue; the boys, of course, cared mostly for the action. This movie isn’t as bad as the first two, but it serves really only to explain how we get to the only movies that really matter.

I’ve read many of the claims regarding the political dimension of the movie, which is as unsubtle and simple-minded as can be. What interests me more is the germ of a meditation on "technology": Palpatine/Darth Siddius seduces Anakin/Darth Vader to the Dark Side of the Force by promising him the ability to conquer death. Later on, Yoda tells Obi-Wan that Qui-Gon, who had been "killed" by Darth Maul in the first movie, had found a way to achieve a sort of immortality, which Obi-Wan can learn from him on Tatooine. Of course, the shade of Alec Guinness seems to be the result in the later movies of this "good" path toward immortality. Perhaps President Bush ought to appoint him to his Council on Bioethics.

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Pretentious dialouge? It’s an action / adventure film, not
Citizen Kane.

X-men. That pretentious. Most other films in the genre...cliched and predictable (what I mean by that is lots of explosions for the heck of it - gratuitous). I just think it’s unfair to compare Star Wars (1-6) to drama’s and not to other Sci-fi.

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