Actually, I liked it. I liked it more once I remembered that every George Lucas film simply must contain a requesite amount of cheese. And indeed, there was cheese, but in that way that you forgive. Like the cheese in a Disney film. What I did find interesting is how... painful I found certain moment. Not painful in that it was badly done - I found some of the cinematography simply breathtaking - but painful in that I felt empathy with what was going on. I felt for the characters.
But Harrison Ford had it right; George Lucas can't write dialogue to be spoken. I get the feeling the script would have been a whole lot better when read. That was probably my biggest gripe with the film. If the script had been edited a bit, even if some of the lines had been in a different order, I think it would have worked a whole lot better.
A more in depth review, including my take on a number of 'spoiler-ish' elements, will follow at some stage.
Star Wars and music. And I completely take back what I said about the music. There *was* a whole lot more original stuff, and having listened more to the score I find that there are some tracks which did in fact move me as much as 'Duel of the Fates'. Interestingly, each of the films seem to have one particular piece of music in them which move me. I'll list them at some stage, I'm sure (when my iPod is right next to me, so I can look up track names).
Star Wars and gaming. Perhaps the most annoying part of the movie for me is that so many of the dramatic scenes were almost exactly what I had in mind for the short Star Wars D20 game I have planned. I'm not sure which annoys me more; the fact that someone else came up with ideas first, or the fact it was George Lucas.
I souldn't bag George so much, really. I mean, he's given us so much joy and has become part of our culture, both geek and mundane, that one has to respect and admire that. By the same token, though, he reminds me of a lazy gifted child; while he has acheived something quite impressive, you just know that if he tried a little harder the end result would be sooooo much better. You end up feeling frustrated, despite the good things that have been achieved.
In any case, this firmly lodges in my mind the desire to run a short D20 Star Wars game - and I'm toying with the idea of converting it in the future to a two-session con game as well, depending on how it goes. But more on that to follow in house_fiona, probably later today.
And in not-Star Wars movie related stuff... Trailers!
Bat Man Begins - Bat man + Liam Neeson + Ninjas; what's not to love?
The Fantastic Four - CHEEEEESE!!! But, you know, cheese is okay.
Mr and Mrs Smith - Dull movie based around Pitt and Jolie just to sell tickets. Not my speed.
There were some other trailers, but I forget what they were... they certainly *weren't* Goblet of Fire, though, which was a bit disappointing.