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30 May 2005



Err...am I missing some extremely dry British irony here? Do you honestly believe that Hayden Christensen "makes for compelling watching"?

Neville Hobson

Heh! I thought you might leave a comment, Darren :)

There's no irony in my post, British or otherwise - I found Hayden Christensen's portrayal of Anakin Skywalker compelling indeed, especially compared to his portrayal in Episode II.

I think he did a tremendous job in enabling the movie-watcher to see the path of Anakin's progression to the dark side and provide that essential link to the characterization of Darth Vader and how that character develops during the following three films.

Although I am very much a devoted fan of Star Wars, seen all the films, have the DVDs, the scripts from the original trilogy and quite a few collectibles, I don't do deep analysis on any of the films from any point of view other than on how I think it's a terrific story.

Is Episode III Oscar-winning material from any of view? Time will tell but I would guess it's a strong candidate for the special effects at least.

But, really, who cares - it's simply a great story with some fine actors doing a good job in telling that story.


Well, I'm unlikely to change your mind, so I'll spare you the laundry list of criticisms I've got of the film. Besides Anthony Lane says it way better than I could:


Neville Hobson

You have a laundry list? Blimey! The film's just a terrific story, isn't it?

Thanks for the link to the New Yorker review. I read it. Heh! I will give the reviewer top marks for the one really lame dialog exchange that I agree with - the one he points out between Anakin and Padme. It was a bit of a cringe hearing it.

But if you think about that dialog in the same way this reviewer conducted such a deep analysis, there's some deeper meaning there. Think about it.

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