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Date Posted: 19:19:09 05/20/02 Mon
First off, I've not seen Episode 2 yet. I do plan on it, but like Episode 1, I'm waiting for the crowds to thin a tad. I do this for several reasons, a larger one being that since I usually wind up going by myself to movies, it makes I can pretend that the other folks in there got snubbed by their wives as well. The other reason is so that when I make my snide comments, the more violent fans won't beat me up.
Anyway I've been reading folks' reviews of the film and generally it sounds a good deal like Episode 1. Decent plot if you're into the Macheavellian, lots o' nifty special effects, gawdawful dialog delivered pretty much deadpan.
Well, anyway I was flipping around the TV a while ago and caught Kevin Smith presenting the Star Wars Fan Film Awards. Basically, it was him presenting all the better films done by fans, like "Troops" and "You and Your Lightsaber". Say what you will about Kevin Smith's films, but the man has great timing and lots of charisma. Putting him in the prop room for Star Wars was genius mostly because he did and said most of the junk you'd do and say if you were in there, only he did it on camera.
At the end was the George Lucas award, where Mr. Star Wars, the Head Jedi himself, presented his pick as the very best film.
God it was painful.
No, not just the film (which was well animated, but REALLY saccarine), but George giving us insight into his choice. Sitting there watching George do about two minutes of talking was like watching your old history professor talk about the dietary requirements of Napolean's horse. He was pretty monotone, dull and the exact opposite of Kevin Smith.
Then I remembered something, Lucas was the director of Episode 1 and 2. If the actors are bland, dull and generally blah, it's because they're reflecting the guy that's telling them how to act. The action sequences are probably scripted by Lucas, he signs off on the storyboards and final renders, but he's not the one doing all of the character work, that falls to the animators.
The funniest thing is, I don't know if that flash of insight will make watching these movies better or worse.
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