Opening Day Is Upon Us!!!!

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I CAN'T SLEEP FOR THE EXCITEMENT!!!

In just 12 hours, myself, my wife, my daughter and three friends will be at opening day here in San Francisco!!

Will post my thoughts on the film the very _second_ I arrive home!

Count Dooku, THE FORCE WILL BE WITH YOU, ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dave:1roll:



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And opening day has gone...
Just came home from the theater watching it with some friends...
...and i don't know what to say.
Well not that much...

Did it impress me? Yes it did. The visual fx were stunning.
The last 45 min were a blast. Literally Laughing out loud

Mr lee was excellent (didn't expected something else).
Loved the battle scene from Count Dooku with Obi Wan, Anakin and later Yoda.
I did expect more Count Dooku screen time. Unfortunately this wasn't the case and i was a bit dissapointed with that.
Hopefully more of him in episode III?

The movie is certainly more grim than Episode 1 and the story itself develops rather nicely.

However, there's one problem i have with this movie, which goes for episode 1, 4, 5 and 6 too.
I never really felt emotionally involved with the characters.
I can say this has to do with the actors, or dialogue, or director but i won't.
I'm quite sure this has more to do with the fact that i'm just not the biggest sci-fi fan in the world, in other words, personal taste. Wink

AOTC is great entertainment, and i will see it again...tommorrow night.
Allready got my ticket.



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I will try to see the film tomorrow. But there are now guarantees I'll be able to see it then. If I can't se it tomorrow, I might have to wait until Monday at the earliest. Please, brethren and sistren, pray for me that tomorrow's my lucky day...

Vandevere



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Okay, just got home...my family, friends and I arrived at the theatre four hours ahead of time, allowing a front place in the line, a must for me. We were among the first dozen or so people in, giving us our pick of seats. Perfect center, nicely distanced from the screen, just right. We settled in, endured the endless trailers and inevitable ads, and the fun began.

I'll stress the word "fun" because that's precisely what this film is. As Juan noted in his remarks, it's a mistake to expect a Shakesperean tragedy (or comedy, for that matter) from this picture. It's good popcorn fun, truly a B-movie adventure at heart, in the classic serial vein. I enjoyed it immensely. It's action-packed, well-paced, the effects--although I'm not a great fan of CGI--are often astonishing, and generally blend well with the live action. It is, in every way, a major step in the right direction for the series, and the audience I watched it with responded with the loudest, longest and most genuinely enthusiastic ovation I've experienced since "The Empire Strikes Back."

The film isn't without its faults, of course, but I think we've come to expect that. A Star Wars movie hasn't come within a light year of perfection since "Empire," and perhaps never will again, but in AOTC the faults can be easily dismissed. They are mercifully few in number, and center primarily around the ATROCIOUS performance by Natalie Portman. I'm quite fatigued just now and don't wish to waste valuable time and energy on her; suffice to say her performance is the film's one major downfall.

I'm very happy, however, to say that I REALLY liked Hayden Christensen, who for me brought the character of Anakin Skywalker to life at last. We see emerging now Darth Vader for what he really is--gifted, brilliant, powerful beyond reason, but emotionally as unstable as the fault my home town is built upon. It's no longer difficult to imagine the Vader we know and love developing out of this character, which is a great relief.

Regarding Mr. Lee, to say he dominates the last hour and provides the film with many of its most thrilling moments is an understatement. He's the most charismatic and _interesting_ villain to arrive on the scene since The Emperor himself, and to watch him "mix it up" with Obi-Wan, Anakin, and of course Yoda is one of the true highlights of the entire saga. If I have any cause for disappointment, it is only that his presence is reserved for the final hour alone. Dooku is among Mr. Lee's coolest creations ever, and I do hope we're treated to considerably more of him in EPIII.

I place "Attack of the Clones" third in my list of favorites, behind the 1977 original and its brilliant sequel, "The Empire Strikes Back."

On a scale of 1 to 10, it gets an 8.5.

Dave



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Just some quick notes on AOTC, here.

First of all, like many are saying, it is a FUN movie. A word that can't be applied to too many movies today. In no way perfect,I thought it was very overedited and the score was a bit on the subtle side, but just an extraordinarily entertaining film, and one that really sets you up for the next part, big time.

Regarding Mr. Lee in this film, I don't think I've seen him have such fun in a part in years. He truly looks like he's enjoying himself, while playing a superb villain. Charming and quite ferocious, and supremely confident.There's also a nice moment of remorse for the past. Good touch, imo. I just hope he's more prominent in the next film. In fact, I believe he will be.

Portman, Christensen, etc. were all fine in the roles they played. Like Juan indicated, this is Star Wars, not Shakespeare.

I saw this on film, btw, not digital(not yet at least). It looked perfectly fine. Very little grain, great colors, just the usual limitations of the actual cinema playing it. But that's not exactly new news.

One thing though, this has to be seen more than once. There's just too much going on for one sitting.



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...on all counts, Domenick, except where Natalie Portman is concerned. A film doesn't have to be based on Shakespeare for one to expect a good performance. Overall, I found her work incredibly wooden and lifeless. I'll of course be seeing the film again (likely _several_ times), so perhaps my reaction will soften later on. We'll see. Smile

It was nice, by the way, to see 3PO and R2 together as a comedy team once again. I found all of their scenes genuinely funny.

Dave



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AOTC is a "B" movie? You were joking about that I am sure. A very funny joke right? One doesn't spend 150 million dollars making a "B" movie! AOTC is to date the CASABLANCA of sci-fi films. The lighting is amazing in the final light sabre battle.

Natalie Portman wooden? Then call me a tree hugger! Compared to her "regal" performance in PHANTOM MENACE she is a warmer, softer and more believable female character in AOTC. I found her absolutely refreshingly enchanting. I had trouble even seeing any other characters when she was on the screen. She showed a very surprising tough-girl streak in the arena battle which was reminicient of her yet to be born daughter. How is a former Queen, now Senator supposed to behave? In my opinion pretty much exactly the way Natalie Portman portrayed her.

Mr. Lee completely steals the final 45 minutes of the film. The first 85 minutes is just building up to Mr. Lee's appearance. Those complaining about his lack of screen time should really find something else to worry about in their lives. For more than one-third of this film he is the foremost character. The other two- thirds of the time they are either wondering who he is or are looking for him.

These films are Mr. Lucas's fantasies. He is sharing them with us as he sees them. Unlike in the beginning, Mr. Lucas now has enough money to make these films exactly the way he wants them. If you find any fault with this film it is not the actors who are to blame but rather Mr. Lucas's vision of the fantasy. The actors are doing exactly what they are told to bring the fantasy to life as Mr. Lucas sees it. If he wanted, he could CGI every character in the film and bend them infinitely to his absolute will. He has enough cash to do it. So, believe me when I say that this is the film George Lucas wanted us to see and it is without question exactly the way he wanted us to see it. You don't have to agree with his vision, but just like your dreams...and your nightmares...you can't change it either.



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I went on Thursday morning. There weren't many people there. The night showings were sold out. Apparently those who really wanted to see it had gone to midnight showing the previous night. Those with normal work schedules were going later Thursday.
After Phantom Menace I was sort of reluctant for this film but I really enjoyed it. It was fun and visually stunning.
I do agree with Jacob that there was a lack of emotion for the characters. This was something LOTR got right.
I did hope that Mr. Lee would be in it more espcially considering that his character was mentioned in the opening. He was talked about more than seen but the screen time he did have was excellent.
It was a really good movie. The acting was overall well-done (especially Ewan McGregor, Sam Jackson and Mr. Lee). The story flowed well. It was really good to see (keeping in mind the first three films) what would be destroyed in the future.
And there was the little Death Star hologram. . . .



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(Sorry for the bad Beatles reference). . . .

I went to the 9:00 show on opening night, and I think the key to enjoying this movie is to look at it for exactly what it is: a Star Wars movie. I'm still working on my own review, but my first impression was that it is certainly better than EpI and doesn't do any injustice to the earlier films.

Lucas had a lot of things to put into this movie, and he did everything in style. We had Threepio and Artoo together again, we got better acquainted with characters who were less prominent in the other films (the Fett family, for example), and the storyline went in the direction in which we expected it to go all along.

I was supercharged by the audience's reaction to Yoda and Dooku's battle; it was the sequence that got the most applause from the house and I could've seen more of it myself. It was refreshing to see Mr. Lee doing so much seat-of-the-pants action and having great lines of dialogue. Can hardly wait until 2005! I think I'll go with an enthusiastic high rating on this one, and I want to go see it again as soon as possible.



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...you really need to try counting to 10 (or perhaps 100) before posting. This was my "B-movie" remark:

"It's good popcorn fun, truly a B-movie adventure at heart, in the classic serial vein."

AT HEART, Brother Dave...AT HEART...get it? It's a loving nod to the B movies and classic serials that George grew up on, as was the original film.

And as far as Natalie Portman goes...well, we'll just have to agree to disagree.

Dave



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One thing though, this has to be seen more than once. There's just too much going on for one sitting.

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Mr. Lee completely steals the final 45 minutes of the film. The first 85 minutes is just building up to Mr. Lee's appearance. Those complaining about his lack of screen time should really find something else to worry about in their lives. For more than one-third of this film he is the foremost character. The other two- thirds of the time they are either wondering who he is or are looking for him.

Now i did see it for the 2nd time and yes you do have to see it more than once like Domenick said.
Which brings me to Mr Lee's screentime.
The first time i saw it i was overwhelmed by the special effects and a lot of the major action scenes (last 45 min) has scenes of Count Dooku inbetween. Most of them actually.
Having seen the movie for the first time yesterday and being that impressed with the visual side of things i didn't really noticed how much scenes he had or was onscreen all the time.
So like Domenick said see it more than once.
The movie gets better. Tommorrow i'll go again. Wink



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Mr. Lee does appear during the final 45 minutes but isn't on screen the entire time. I was really not trying to mislead you! But the time he is on is the most powerful of the movie and just seemed much more intense and much more like...well , a movie!

However, if they had put much more of Mr. Lee in there they would have had to change the name of the film to ATTACK OF COUNT DOOKU. I think he is on more than the clones are. :1devil:

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