I also found Anakin's conversion unrealistic. Yeah, he wanted to save Padme but what good is it if you reject everything else good in your life. Guess that's the 13 year old mindset.
I'm curious to hear your daughter's reaction. Boys liked the movie for all of the fighting and action, but I'm curious to hear a girl's reaction. I didn't think it was Ishtar bad, but I didn't see where it was any better than the previous two, like many others are claiming.
After that it gets kind of tiresome to have to watch another fifteen second silent interlude that serves no apparent purpose other than to allow the boys at Industrial Light and Magic show us once again just how technically proficient they are with their toys.
Ouch. As one of the pointy-headed types who designs and builds their toys, that's a real bummer. Oh, well, at least they don't make porn movies with them...
Marc, daughter #1 liked it, but she hasn't seen 4, 5 and 6 yet, so her perspective is shaped only by 1 and 2.
Kieran, I certainly wish no ill will on folks who make CGI possible. I started doing that in grad school about 24 years ago, but slowly drifted away from it. CGI is not the problem here -- it is Lucas' reliance on it as a substitute for a narrative.
In case I wasn't completely clear, I'm glad I saw it and look forward to seeing it on my big TV at home (which is almost as big as the screen I saw it on in the theater), especially the first 20 minutes or so. Nevertheless, I'd only give it about one and a half stars. No matter how well executed or how pretty, this is a poor movie considering the talent and money involved. I wonder if other's saw it coming but couldn't or wouldn't pull Mr. Lucas aside to suggest he take a different tack.
No offense taken, Charles. I don't actually do the CGI stuff (frankly, that's too saturated these days and has too many big players...), more the hardware and software infrastucture that runs a facility using CGI, serial digital video and various types of digital audio, and lots of other media formats. I can't really say more without violating my NDA, so let me just say I commented mostly to let you know I wasn't dead and I still try to find time to read your blog.
Lucas' companies don't spend much of their efforts on his own movies anymore. Watch the credits from other directors, and see how often Lucas Digital, Lucas Film, ILM, Skywalker Sound, and Lucas Arts show up. You'd be amazed. Watch one of the marvelous Pixar products and look for the once-removed Lucas credits. As I said, you'll be amazed. He's made his companies ubiquitous.
Of course, that also means I can be shamed by ROTS and seriously jazzed by The Incredibles. It's just a matter of how the customer uses your work, isn't it?
Okay, so it's Ishtar bad. Even Gigli bad. No problem there. But is it Heaven's Gate bad? I thought not.
"daughter #1 liked it, but she hasn't seen 4, 5 and 6 yet, so her perspective is shaped only by 1 and 2"
Well, I can see why she would like it then. 3 is far better than 1 & 2. After sitting through a poorly acted portrayal of a petulant, selfish teenager in #2, I was not convinced that Lucas would be able to pull off a decent reason for Anakin becoming the embodiment of evil in the universe. Can't say it was an unqualified success, but it was better than I was expecting given 1 & 2.