Star WarsWednesday, May 18, 10:30pm: We leave The Pub with full stomaches and high anticipation. We think we may be leaving too late, the movie starts in 90 minutes. Arriving outside the theater, we see a few Vaders, a couple Jedi, and a Leia. We walk inside, only to find a queue unrivaled by even those found at theme parks. We jump to the back of the line and wait….wait some more….and even more. An hour passes, and finally we’re let in. Again, we wait, as they check tickets on the way in to be seated.

It’s packed. Almost every seat is taken, and the ones that aren’t taken are being held for someone getting popcorn. We take the only available row – the front row – and sit in the middle. Luckily, Cinemark has nice reclining seats with head rests, so straining to see the movie isn’t as bad.

Now the pre-show starts. Not the previews, the pre-show. For half an hour, management tries frantically to get people seated. The stairs on either side of the theater are filled with latecomers who couldn’t find seats. They attempt to remedy the problem by offering a free ticket to another showing of the movie to anyone who will give up their seat. This doesn’t work. A few minutes later they come back and try offering two free tickets. This trick works on a few people, but not nearly enough. Finally, all the people come down from the stairs when the management offers them something ostensibly nice.

The previews start at 12:30, 29 minutes after our tickets say. Some trailers are shown, and “Batman Begins” even gets some applause when it comes on. Finally, the 20th Century logo is displayed, followed by LucasFilms. The unique scrolling introduction appears starting with the word “War!”. The action starts right away with a massive space battle above Coruscant.

Back to the present. This was an awesome movie from beginning to end (excluding of course, any scene between Anakin and Padme). One of the best parts was that I saw Jar Jar only twice, and not once heard him speak. This was such a dark film, much more than any of the others. You can’t review a Star Wars film as a single piece of work – they’re all connected. Having said this, you can click on the link below to show some things which you may not want to know if you haven’t seen the movie.
All the background for Episodes IV, V and VI is explained very nicely. It may not stick out if you’re not looking for it, but if you are, it’s right there.

Some scenes I thought were especially awesome:

  • Yoda fighting the Emperor, but actually losing.
  • Grievous fighting Kenobi with four lightsabers.
  • “Order 66” which turned all the clones against their Jedi allies, resulting in scene after scene of Jedi being gunned down in battle by those they were fighting with.

Tie-ins to the later Episodes:

  • The ship that Kenobi, Yoda and Organa are on near the end of the film is the same ship we see in the very beginning of Episode IV.
  • The Death Star is shown in a very early stage of construction.
  • Organa orders C-3PO and R2D2’s minds to be wiped. This would explain why they have no recollections of Anakin in the later movies. (Especially since Anakin built 3PO.)
  • After Kenobi’s battle with Anakin, he leaves him to burn alive next to a lava flow, with only one arm (his mechanical one) to attempt to crawl up the slope. Kenobi tells Anakin he was the chosen one, who was supposed to bring balance back to the force. Anakin does eventually fulfill his destiny in Episode VI when he kills the Emperor to save Luke.

Overall this movie fit perfectly into the hole between Episode II and IV. Everything was tied in and explained. I highly recommend seeing it. “The saga is complete.”

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