'Revenge' Reactions

I've just come from the Loews Georgetown, where I managed to collect reviews of "Episode III" from a few fans.

Matt Boyle, 28, thought the movie was "pretty good."

"The part where he becomes Darth Vader is worth the price of admission right there," he said, though he added that a lot of the movie is "fairly cheesy."

Brothers Ody and Erik Uy, both of Washington, D.C., were more effusive about "Sith." ("This was like the final piece of the puzzle," Erik explained.) Both said they'd see it again.

But the mother-daughter team of Shaun Murphy and Clare Murphy McGreevey were split. Mom dug it, but Clare didn't. "It didn't really do it for me," she said. "The moment where [Anakin] transforms happened too quickly. It wasn't believable to me."

For more fan reaction, check out our reader reviews. I'll also continue coercing opinions from people who clearly don't want to talk to me at theaters near you. Should I uncover any earth-shattering responses ("This is by far the finest film I've seen since 'House of Wax.'"), I'll report them here.

By washingtonpost.com |  May 19, 2005; 5:19 PM ET  | Category:  Misc.
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The part where he gets the Vader suit was anticlimatic. But the building and the actual turn were great! The only good prequel!
I still say Han and Mara should have showed up somewhere. But then again, that probably would have detracted.

Posted by: Marcie | May 19, 2005 10:12 PM

ARGH, I don't think my first (fairly long) post went through!
So, summary: Christiansen actually acts well in this one... Portman even manages an emotion or two... Wookie stuff was overated... JarJar doesn't talk HURRAH!... Palpy-Anakin interaction wonderfully creepy... surpassed by far the low expectations after the other prequels... begins slow and stupid but gets better... battles often too much to process at once but cool nonetheless...
I think Padme needs to pay for the use of her daughter's practically trademarked hairstyle. (Oh, yeah, and she actually did a few relatively normal things with her hair in this one!)
There was more... whatever.

Posted by: Eliza M. | May 19, 2005 10:17 PM

This movie went balls deep. It was great.

NOw, I'm not a director, nor do I have a bazillion dollars to my name(or company's name), but I think they could have dramatized the rebuilding of Darth Vader more. Drawn it out, little more anticipation. One thing that could have been THE MOST hairraising experience ever is the "first breath". THey should have drawn that out, even a few more seconds of total and absolute silence....then....."huuuuuu prrrrrrr". Now, it was one of "those moments" anyway, but it could have been pinnacle.
But, who knows. With all the tweaking Lucas does to his movies, we could have something completely different by the time the DVD comes out. He can never leave good enough alone. Didn't he learn from the SATs? Stay with your first answer!

no tengo nada

Posted by: Fitz | May 20, 2005 09:48 AM

By far the best of the Prequils. It made you loath the Emperor even more. Christiansen was hearfelt, you felt his pain and Lucas had you cheering for him even when you were shocked at his misdeeds.
He was more engrossing to watch than Brad Pitt in most of his movies with his choice that he had to make. (and sometimes better looking). Finally, we have the "ah-ha" that I've been waiting for since the original Star Wars movie. I can't wait for the next one. ObiWan needs more feeling in his acting. Yoda was awesome, we all clapped for him.

Posted by: PJPegasis | May 23, 2005 05:49 PM

absolutely awesome!!

Posted by: a.. Bryson | May 26, 2005 09:36 PM

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