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May 25, 2005

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I would tell you I thought the Star Wars prequels were a steaming pile of bantha poodu but that would just be a point of view and we are now to believe that moral relativism is the hallmark of the Dark Side. And if you felt differently I would go all broody and threatening on you because either you are with me or you are my enemy and that oddly familiar assertion of moral absolutes we are now also meant to believe is the hallmark of the Dark Side. Frankly, I could care less if George Lucas wants to pass himself off as a latter day anti-war activist and critic of capitalism but I wish he would keep his own second-hand cotton-candy philosophy straight. Also, I am reasonably certain I saw at least one of his Huttish brood in costume once again. The one good thing I will say for this film is the appearance of Leia's mother in slightly-retro cloned cinnamon buns. There is no reason another generation should not have its sexual development compromised by a hairstyle.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 25, 2005 06:34 AM

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Frankly, I could care less if George Lucas wants to pass himself off as a latter day anti-war activist ...

Back in 1999, the Guardian's film critic argued that Lucas is a Cold War apologist:

"Many have pointed out that the basic story of Star Wars concerns the struggle of a good and decent people - symbolised by the Aryan Luke Skywalker - against a hostile empire, whose thugs wear tunics like eastern European army costumes and who declare that "fear will keep the local systems in line". Consciously or not, the [first] three films are clearly an exoneration of US foreign policy during the cold war. Where Spielberg has used his accumulating money and status to make increasingly liberal films, Lucas's politics feel deeply conservative."

Posted by: MDP [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 25, 2005 07:27 AM

Which might be one reason he wants to earn some political credibility at this late date. He now claims the original series was a commentary on the Vietnam War that could now equally apply to Iraq. This would be the same original series whose first film featured nothing but overt Battle of Britain and WWII in the Pacific imagery and not a single person of colour to be found.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 25, 2005 08:07 AM

see, i really should go see this movie. i've been putting it off for no particular reason...

Posted by: mainja [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 25, 2005 08:42 AM

Bah. Picking apart a film like this smothers your inner child with a pillow.

The fact that you haven't even mentioned the lightsabre fights shows what a complete and utter grown-up you are. ;)

Posted by: Damian [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 25, 2005 09:42 AM

Ha! Actually, I enjoyed the movie and will probably see it again if only for the scene at the opera house. It is Lucas' politico-philosophical jabber that supposedly renders these films something more than movies for kids and I think poking holes in the jabber is fairplay.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 25, 2005 09:56 AM

Never much cared for my inner tosspot, honestly. Was very glad when he moved on. :)

Posted by: urthshu [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 25, 2005 01:49 PM

Yes, Lucas' ham-handed New Age pseudo-philosophy bites - though not as much as his dialogue - but with the Star Wars films, good form dictates you take the best and ignore the rest. Count your blessings: no Jar Jar.

And did I mention the wicked lightsabre battles?

Now I'm waiting on Batman Begins and even Fantastic Four. Hope springs eternal.

Posted by: Damian [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 25, 2005 01:51 PM

I am, of course, convinced this Batman film will be a thing of beauty and I am reasonably certain Bill will agree Jessica Alba's acting looks great in the 4 trailers. Assuming, that is, Bill isn't seriously boycotting me due to my Paris Hilton reportage.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 25, 2005 02:17 PM