As many of you have already heard, Episode 3 of the Star Wars trilogy has a name: Revenge of the Sith. It’s an okay title, I suppose, but the word “Sith” doesn’t sound very ominous or powerful. It sounds kind of dorky, to be honest. Plus, the title sounds an awful lot like the title of Episode 6: Return of the Jedi. (Actually, the original title of that movie was Revenge of the Jedi, but it was changed at the last minute.) It could be called Howard the Duck Goes to Washington, and it wouldn’t matter. The name recognition and marketing will pretty much guarantee a box office take in the hundreds of millions. However, since Lucas is the sole writer and director of this movie, it’s probably going to suck just like the previous two films in the series did. (That’s not a slam on Lucas per se, but during the original trilogy, he was smart enough to know when to step back and let other people sweat the details.)
Vic always keeps talking about his childhood memories getting decimated… this is mine. The original series (episodes 4-6) had its flaws, but I enjoyed how those movies appealed to kids and adults alike with their sense of adventure and wonder. Any adult who enjoys this latest string of crapfests is either a die-hard fan, or in denial. I have found precious little to enjoy about episodes 1 and 2, and I will be shocked if episode 3 turns out any better. It’s a real shame, too, because I wanted to like these movies. I really did.