So the other day, as Jonathan and I were driving to the movie theatre to partake in the headache-inducing 3D awesomeness* that is Star Wars Episode I, he starts belting out one of the tunes from the movie. Granted, there are no words** that I can understand, but he managed to replicate it fairly well. What I mean by “replicate fairly well” is this:
Ah, a voice like a nightingale. Or something like that.
I had mentioned to Jeff earlier that day that we were going to see it, and he tried to convince me otherwise. In his recent quest to “nerd” his wife, he was ecstatic to hear she would finally watch*** Star Wars Episode IV with him…but he told me he was adamant that she would NOT watch Episodes I-III, because they were horrible.
For the most part, I agree. Episode I has that annoying little kid, and JAR JAR FREAKING-DIE-ALREADY BINKS.**** However, you only get to watch Star Wars on the big screen once or twice, and I’ve never seen anything in 3D. Oh, and it has that pretty sweet pod race and Natalie Portman wears some gorgeous costumes. So basically it half sucks and half doesn’t…or maybe it’s closer to a 70/30 split. Your call. In any case, it was my Valentine’s treat for Jonathan, since he was really excited about it being re-released.
This was my first experience with a 3D movie. It wasn’t bad – just weird. If I took the glasses off, some parts of the screen were blurry and some parts looked normal. With the glasses on, it definitely had a more natural looking depth-of-field…but I could tell my poor oculi were having a rough time of it. I don’t think the addition of the third dimension really added anything to the movie; in fact, I would have much preferred they digitally edited Jar Jar out and put a tennis ball on a stick in his place.
It couldn’t have been any worse, right?
Note: We will probably end up going to see the other films as they are released, even though I am loathe to give George Lucas MORE money after he crapped all over the original trilogy with the unnecessarily added digital junk.*****
*Awesomeness is subjective, of course.
**In English, at least.
***How she managed to never see it before now is beyond my comprehension. It’s like never eating a potato chip or stubbing your toe – how?!
****Can you tell I’m not fond of that character?
*****Sigh…Nerd world problems!