|Revenge of the Second Disk
||[Nov. 2nd, 2005|09:35 am]
I came home to a prezzie last night; Ferrett had picked up Revenge of the Sith.
Now, I may never actually watch the movie, but a pile of special features that deep had me drooling. We sat down to dinner and popped in the showcase feature, "Within a Minute." It describes all the people involved in making a single minute of the film, this particular minute being the part of the duel at the end when the lava splashes up over the catwalk and it breaks and falls. I can't remember the exact number, but somewhere in the vicinity of a gazillion people are involved, displayed in a gigantic web looking like squared off molecules all across the screen. I appreciated that the program opened, after "The Writer," with groups such as "the production office," "the accountants," and "the caterers." Some people have complained that these people aren't interesting, but they are the backbone, and usually their names appear - if at all - way at the bottom of the credits after everyone has left the theatre. They are there from day one, though, and so putting them at the top made sense.
The feature was fascinating, but left me sad. All this work, passion, dedication, for a movie that was, frankly, not that good. Oh, it was better than the last two, but for me it's still firmly behind Return of the Jedi in the rankings. Too much glitz, too little passion. Even the "sister" scene is more bearable to watch than the "beautiful" scene. Listening to these people gush about George's vision, while knowing how hollow that vision really was (much pretty, cool action, who cares about acting?) left a little gnawing ache in my Star Wars lovin' heart.
(But, slipping to the Shallow Side, listening to Ewan McGregor speak in his raw, unrefined brogue? YUMMY!!!)