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entertainment overload (1): the midnight show

Although I had no intention of seeing the new Star Wars movie on opening night, a ticket became available and I couldn't resist. I'd sort of imagined that I'd catch a matinee at the Cinerama after a few weeks, but I'm glad that I went for a midnight show at Pacific Place. There's something about being in a big theater late at night in the middle of the week with die hard fans that magically compensates for certain minor flaws like dialog and acting.

Thinking about it now, I realize that I've seen most1 of the episodes at midnight (or later) shows; so it really was a good way to round things out. And honestly (and somewhat surprisingly), my affection for the series is great enough that even though I know that the new trilogy (especially) isn't good, I still can't help but like the movies. And there's no question that Revenge of the Sith is better than the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones (and possibly Return of the Jedi, too).

Along with the John Williams score and the consistent competency of R2-D2, this one pulls the whole thing together; so I'm happy to overlook all of the silly parts.2

related: Weekend Edition had a neat story about the music of Star Wars this morning [npr].

(1) possibly all but Attack of the Clones?
(2) even the unintentionally hilarious transformation of Palpatine.


full circle

In 197something (hey, I'm old) I saw the first Star Wars movie at a very crowded theatre in Berkeley (or possibly Oakland) on a whim. It was wonderful, and Dale and I saw The Revenge of the Sith today. I thought George did a good job of bringing this (admittedly cheesy) story around full circle. It was lots of fun, if your expectations weren't too high. I thought the back story/prequel stuff worked pretty well, including the music.

Re: full circle

I have memories of seeing the Star Wars movies in theaters when I was a little kid, but I'm not sure if it is possible. I know that I saw a midnight showing of Return of the Jedi when I was in kindergarten.

Did the re-release the other movies at some point (other than the mid-90s remasters)?