Revenge of the Sith: After The Fact take II

SPOILERS!

We went to see Revenge of the Sith again last night. ‘Twas just as good action-wise last night as it was the first time, although I found myself daydreaming during any scene with Annakin talking to Padme (except for the end).

I’m still a bit disappointed by the beginning battle scene. It had the potential to be very edgy, and instead is sort of blah. The CGI is really cool, but the whole package is a bit thin.

The most well-done scene of the whole movie is probably when Newly Minted Darth Vader appears in the council room and all of the little paduwan come out of hiding. “Master Skywalker. There are too many of them. What are we going to do?” . . . Phzzzzz! Great scene.

Jenn and I also agree that the staring-across-Coruscant scene between Anakin and Padme was pretty good. Actually, I think Hayden Christensen did a great job in the movie as long as he didn’t talk. He made an excellent evil-transitional Jedi.

“So this is how liberty dies; with thunderous applause.” I can see where people would have drawn inferences to the current situation in America, but I think it’s merely coincidence. I will put money, though, that Lucas probably changed the line, “If you’re not with me, you’re my Enemy,” from “If you’re not with me, you’re against me.” ‘Course, I’m just guessing.

Apparently, this or last week’s Entertainment Weekly had a bunch of reasons why Episode III was odd. Included were some obvious ones like, “How come it took 19 years to build the first Death Star and only 4 to do the second?” Also, how did Obi-Wan, Owen, and Beru age so much between III and IV? My favorite was, “How come Padme just stares into space all of the time. Don’t they have books?”

My biggest physics issue with the movie was the fight on the lava planet. How come these guys didn’t just ignite and turn to ash? Molten rock is awfully hot, and to glow like it was, it needs to be something like 1500 degrees celsius (don’t quote me on this one). That’s enough thermal radiation to fry your average car, much less a Jedi.

It’s a good thing Yoda lost his lightsaber in the battle with Palpatine, or he might have helped train Luke to be better and then Luke wouldn’t have lost a hand leading to the meeting-of-the-mechanical-hands moment in the second death star which precluded a Darth Vader the Second murderous rampage and thus ending all hope for the rebellion. Or am I stretching?

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