[I watched it midnight Wednesday and rushed back to gush all over the livejournal. My original idea was to produce something more coherent for the blog--but decided to let it stand. Reposted from there:]
*SPOILERS* (And if you haven't seen the movie yet, I will hit you.)
It was an embarassment of riches. From the first moment Anakin and Obi-Wan's fighters slipped over the side of a cruiser...and we saw the entire freakin' battle. The first time R2D2 zaps one of those wasp-like robots...the lightsaber fight with Dooku...Anakin and Obi-Wan being friends, BROTHERS, often voicing their trust and faith in each other. Anakin knowing what he's doing is wrong--but still hearing Palpatine's voice. Anakin is so much like MacBeth: commits an unforgivable crime in one moment of weakness, then trapped into it. Yet, even as Darth Vader, he sheds tears.
So packed. I got there almost two hours early, and walked into a three-fourths full theater. Managed, somehow, to get an aisle seat with NO ONE in front of me. Must be the good karma kicking in. And apparently, I'd missed out on the line that stretched two blocks up the street. By the time the trailers started, every seat was taken.
So much happening. Every important scene had its ten minutes. And what full ten minutes. But I justed watched Return of the Jedi last night, and did you know they took half an hour to rescue Han from Jabba? My god, in half an hour....Episode III took twice the story of Return of the King, and compressed into half that time. Good god.I went in mostly unspoiled. And was overwhelmed.
Before I forget. Applause points:
--The one worthy trailer: Batman Begins. Applause began with the first sight of the bats. That will be the other hit of the summer. Some catcalls for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Nothing really for Cruise in War of the Worlds.
--The silent hush (even though the theatre lights still weren't off >_< ) as the words "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away."
--And then the yellow words appeared on the screen. And we went wild.
--The first time R2D2 zaps those robot thingys.
--Obi-Wan and Anakin's crash landing into the docking bay: And even before the hatch fully opens Obi-Wan is out and swinging the good old lightsaber.
--Laughter as R2D2 has to deal with an inopportune call from Obi-Wan.-
-Applause when R2D2 figures out an creative way to extricate himself (hint: the squid tactic)
--Laughter (esp. from some sheepish male members in the audience) when Anakin sort of has to refocus on what Padme is actually saying (instead of staring at her) with the general "I love you more."
--Obi-Wan vs. Grievous.
--When Yoda figured out Order 66, and busted out the lightsaber.
--Laughter and "Awwww" when Chewbacca offered Yoda his arm and Yoda clambered on to his shoulder.
--Yoda dropping two Imperial Guards, just like that. (Okay, it was pretty obvious that Yoda was the favorite of the evening.)
--And then there was little to applaud. Because we were all dead silent (even the two eight year-old boys who'd talked excitedly through the 2+ hr. wait. They never said a word during the entire movie), entranced. And the Duel. Obi-Wan's "I loved you." The Birth of Vader. Padme's last words. Tantiv IV. Laughter at "And wipe the protocol droid's memory". The final sunset. God, so much happened, I'm having a hard time keeping track of it.
Other moments I loved:--How Anakin won't leave Obi-Wan behind. Not while they fly their way through the battle. Not while Obi-Wan is passed out from Dooku's throw.
--Obi-Wan's "Wait a minute, we are smarter than this..."God, the humor's so corny and REAL in this one. Many groan-worthy lines, but the spirit is there.
Okay, okay, enough gushing.Was it a perfect movie? Dunno about the critics. But it was the one I wanted to see. And even at the end, I was in shock, in denial. It can't end like this! I knew I wanted Vader to be born, but not at the expense of Anakin!
Yes, Anakin's fall IS a tragedy.And Episode III is marvelous.
Thank you, George Lucas.