Every now and then we are randomly rewarded with a division-wide outing, usually off to the movies for free. So, I got to see Star Wars III sooner than later. It is better than episode I and II, but not that much better than the original episode IV. At least it has a decent resolution and it ties up all the loose ends - we find out how Anniken/Vader gets disfigured and damaged enough to require an artificial breather.
There's something about Lucas' direction that makes good actors appear wooden. Maybe it's that fabled "Faster, with* more intensity" direction he is said to tell all his actors. Or maybe he is so enamored with the visuals that he forgets to pay attention to the human element. Anyway, the special effects are very good. The most interesting and chilling part of the movie is how we get to see a republic lose its democracy, how a contrived war and a leadership milking that war to gain power in tiny steps eventually leads to dictatorship and empire. It is a decent cautionary tale applicable to our time.
Urk, skipped riding today. Intense squall cells dumping ten minutes of hail and rain every 45 minutes between intense blue skies and sun.
Edit: without -> with
Lucas doesn't know how to write or direct good dialog. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem able to grasp that fact & give those duties over to others, at least when making I-III.
I thought this was an interesting article, back from when "Attack of the Clones" was released. Despite Lucas' best efforts, I don't think the points the article raises have been weakened as the early trilogy has gone along:
The Case For The Empire