For me, the entire experience of seeing ROTS two weeks early was bittersweet in every way. Firstly it was an exceptional honour to see my name on a guest list with the word ‘Lucasfilm’ beside it. All the other people on the very short list were the local minor celebrities like Mike Myers’ brother (no, really) and some radio and newspaper guys that Vancouverites may or may not recognize. The group there were sort of a strange inner circle of media personalities more interested in joking around with one another than seeing the final installment in Lucas’ 28 year long epic tale. They all sat near the front of the theatre.
Watching further back –last row center to be precise- was me and my guest (double thank you Lucasfilm). This to me was the best part; getting to be on the guest list as one plus. I was able to share the experience with my oldest and dearest friend, who I’ve shared my love for Star Wars virtually my entire like. In actuality, that was more important than the film itself, and while I will always be grateful that I got this opportunity to see it early, it is the fact that my pal got to come along that made it what it was.
As for the film itself, I’ve spent the last six years telling naysayers that they should keep quiet until they’ve seen all three films and now I know I was right to have had such faith in George Lucas’ vision. It is my opinion, however humble, that anyone who cuts down ROTS is truly not a Star Wars fan, or at very least a very misguided individual. This film is amazing. Seeing how Anakin falls to the Dark Side is exceptionally entertaining, and I found myself cringing. I saw what was happening, and even though I knew from the classic trilogy that he’s bound to his fate, I didn’t want to see it happen. That said, it was shot perfectly, and the exposition was superb. This film has changed the way I see Vader in episodes 4-6. I don’t see a bad guy anymore, I see a man who made some bad mistakes and has to live with himself. I feel bad for Darth Vader.
Is ROTS a good movie? Well, I can sum it up in three words: Too F---ing Right! Shame I have to wait another two weeks to watch it repetitively.
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