The Empire Strikes Back

James and I continued our Star Wars watching today.

Just as good as ever, and probably my fave of all the Star Wars films.

There were quite a few plot holes here and there, and some of the dialogue was rather weak or silly, but all can be forgiven because there is just so much good stuff in this. Darth Vader was aces in this, and C3-P0 was at his funny best. I did find Luke’s whining and impetuous behaviour when he was doing his Jedi training with Yoda very annoying.

Date watched: May 31st
Score: 10/10
Film count 2015: 74

Star Wars II – Attack of the Clones

George Lucas must have listened to criticism of Episode I, and made a better film this time around.

Gone, mostly, is the silly humour. No more bumbling battle droids, and Jar-Jar Binks is now a serious and respectable politician which is a bit too much of a stretch really. The characters are less wooden too, but still not as good as Luke, Leia, and Han. As it should be, the comedy relief came mostly from C3-P0 and R2-D2, who were just as funny as ever.

The story was better, less political rubbish and more action, and the final battle scene was stupendous. I am not sure using Dr Ropata as Jengo Fett was a good idea, the Kiwi accent jars a bit, although Dr Ropata did a pretty good job I suppose. I was wondering what Boba Fett is up to these days, he seems to be doing alright in America.

I was reading that Rena Owen did the voice for one of those long-necked creatures that were making the clones.

All in all, not bad, certainly better than Episode I.

Date watched: March 2nd
Score: 7.5/10
Film count 2013: 34

Star Wars – Episode 1

Now that I have finished watching the original trilogy I decided to start the new trilogy, even though it starts with this quite terrible film.

I first saw this when it came out. We were in Hawaii for our wedding thing, and one night we went to a theatre in Waikiki to see this, I was quite excited about it. I remember leaving the theatre after thinking it was great, and Setsuko and the other ladies very indifferent. Films always seem better at the theatre, so that is my excuse.

The wooden acting by Liam Neeson and Euan McGregor just didn’t help, but I guess they were just doing what George Lucas told them to. As with Return of the Jedi, there was too much silly humour, especially from Jar-Jar Binks, and the battle droids. Queen Amidala was a total bore, she looked constipated the whole time.

The action sequences were fine though, but nothing memorable.

I hardly remember episode two, but I am looking forward to episode three.

Date watched: February 27th
Score: 4/10
Film count 2013: 30

Return of the Jedi

It has been some years since I last watched this, and it does not get any better, or any worse.

Without those damn Ewoks it would have been much better. I cringed every time one did something cute.

George Lucas seemed to decide in this film that he needed more humour, so he had silly things happening in the background, stuff like creatures eating something then burping, or creatures falling over with cartoon sound effects. It ruined it. Add to that the extra CG bits added in which did nothing to add to the story.

At the end when Yoda, Ob-Wan, and Anakin are standing there all ghostly, they replaced the old Anakin with the younger Anakin which was a very strange thing to do…why?

Definitely the weakest of the first three films, and the second weakest of them all.

Date watched: February 3rd
Score: 6.5/10
Film count 2013: 14

This is funny, especially the crying Stormtroopers…

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Continuing my Star Wars viewing, I wanted to see this even more than episode 4 as I think it is superior, which on the whole it was.

The characters are equally strong, but again Luke Skywalker disappoints with his impetuous and bratty behaviour, especially when he is training with Yoda.

But everything else was good, and again Han Solo and Darth Vader were the highlights. The stormtroopers on the AT-ATs were pretty damn cool too.

This and episode 3 would be my most fave of the whole series.

But selling Star Wars to Disney has left a blight on the whole series. I was in a shop in Tokyo on Saturday and saw the new figures that are coming out. One I saw was Mickey Mouse as Luke Skywalker, it was just not right, quite an insult to the whole Star Wars thing but that is the way it will be from now unfortunately. Hopefully Disney do a good job on the new series.

Date watched: January 6th
Score: 9.5/10
Film count 2013: 3

Star Wars: Episode 4

I felt like watching the Star Wars series again, so I decided to start from episode 4, as the original three films are the ones I remember the most.

Always good to see this one again, and I have seen this at least a dozen times now, probably my most watched film of all, followed by Goodfellas.

Mark Hamill’s acting annoys me a bit, he overdoes the acting at times, and Luke Skywalker is not the best character in the series even though he is supposed to be the main character. But the whole story works so very well with all of the other characters, with Han Solo and Darth Vader being the absolute highlights, followed by C3P0 and R2D2 of course.

And the extra bits that George Lucas added in did nothing for the film, ruined perfectly good scenes really.

Good science fiction.

Date watched: January 3rd
Score: 9/10
Film count 2013: 2

Terrible trailer…