OK, that was supposed to be the magestic "Star Wars" theme, not commentary on the movie. Use your imagination. I *did* go to see the new "Star Wars" movie last night, mostly because I've got plans this weekend that will not include time for movie-watching. I quite enjoyed it. But I think when it's all said and done, Episodes 4, 5, and 6 are going to be the good ones.
Prior to going to the show last night, my wife asked me to refresh her memory as to what happened in Episode 1. I couldn't, because I don't really remember the movie. I know the backstory enough to *know* what happened, but I don't remember seeing it happen in the movie. Yes, Episode 1 was enjoyable for me to watch. Just not memorable. I think Episode 2 is going to end up being the same way.
On my way to work this morning, I realized what it is. I like the idea of "Star Wars" more than I like the implementation. I enjoy the story, the mythology, the visual effects. But the two recent movies are more of a means of conveying the skeleton for the mythology, in my mind. Several of my friends have recommended "Star Wars" books to me. I expect that I would enjoy them much, much more than the recent movies.
Don't get me wrong -- I'm not really complaining. I'm glad to have seen the movies. I enjoyed them. I just think that at this point, "Star Wars" had become to big for a movie -- even a movie with all of the power of ILM behind it -- to contain.