I am fortunate to have 1 of 6 theaters in the country that has the new digital projector and THX sound system for movies ...
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go see Star Wars in that movie theater, last night at midnight, due to my having free tickets from the Cingular Phone I bought.
Instead, I went to see Episode III in a multiplex - I was pleased (and surprised) that I got to sit center-center.
This movie was much more of an exposition than ANY Star Wars movie to date. There was a lot of explanation and vocal drama.
There is very interesting dialogue about how discernment of good and evil is from a certain point of view.
One line caught me in particular:
"I think the number one difference between me and you is that I happen to think most people are basically good, well-intentioned, and want to do the right thing. So, I treat them with the respect that derives from that idea. You, on the other hand, can dig out the "appearance" of evil in anyone's actions..."
Oh whoops, Jack Campbell said that to me last week ...
The line from Episode III that caught my attention actually was:
Anakin: "The Sith are emotional and only think about themselves ... Jedi are selfless and rely on the strength and knowledge of the force.
Emporer: "Of course; this is a point of view"
The one thing that still was not explained to my satisfaction was how the 1977 - 1983 films are so different. I understand that the Special Editions are there and the DVD versions have been released. But, they just don't fit ... I had this idea that Lucas would portray the entire galaxy as being thrown back in time because they had been so utterly opressed.
Hayden Christensen is still a weak actor in this film - or maybe he suffered from weak writing of his part. Some lines were stale and out of place and some scenes were cheesey, but what most reviews will tell you is that Episodes IV - VI were near perfect - when in fact - the cheesiness is present in all films. I consider Mark Hamill just as weak in his role as Luke Skywalker.
By far, the most visually interesting character was the droid leader General Grievous - with an amazing lightsaber battle with Obi Wan. It was also interesting to see a mostly robotic being cough and wheeze. This character is a very symbolic character of Darth Vader. Watch for the finale fight scene between Obi Wan and Grievous to see what I mean - especially when you see Grievous' biological heart and lung.
The one thing that surprised me was the lack of any humor in this film, and I have to say that Anakin's limbless burning body close to the end was QUITE gruesome.
Overall I enjoyed it, Empire Strikes Back remains my favorite of the 6 movies though.