So one of the hyped up movies of the summer was "Star Wars: Episode II". I won't even mention its other title because it is just too
embarassing... I was actually looking forward to seeing this movie (despite seeing "Episode I"... midichlorians... JarJar... *shudder*). It
had been toted as a sort of love story between Anakin and Padme, and Anakin is played by Hottie Hayden Christensen.
So like the other crazies, I lined up 4 hours before the movie (okay so I actually just joined my cousin whose friends had been waiting in line)
and watched the movie opening night in a packed audience. Yeah, didn't much like it. So I was less than thrilled when I had to sit through it
again a few weeks later. However, surprisingly, I actually liked it better the second time around. Why?
- No expectations. When you've already seen the movie and it fails to meet your previous expectations, you just get rid of them altogether.
- Funny. The movie's actually funny. I'm not sure that it is meant to be... but when you know a silly line like "My Ani how you've grown" is coming up,
the anticipation is almost as guffaw-inspiring as the actual scene.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find the picture of Anakin and Padme rolling around in the grass. Who wrote this stuff??
- Jar Jar. You already know which scenes he's in and how big a role he plays (thankfully, not very) so you don't spend every minute of
the movie with that ax hanging over your head thinking "when is he going to pop up?"
- Hayden's "nightmare". You can check for yourself that Hayden's hands are indeed below the sheets in the infamous "dream" scene with Hayden
writhing in bed.
- Close your eyes. You know when you can afford to "rest your eyes" for a few seconds - the light saber scene where Hayden's arm gets chopped off.
Banshee note - they can clone a whole army, but they can't clone an arm for Hayden? They have to give him some "Sharper Image" techno-ugly prosthesis?
- Audience. Watching it a few weeks after its opening, the audience was smaller (translation: tumbleweed) so you can laugh freely without
risking the evil glare of a Jedi-Master wannabe.
- Because when you're at rock-bottom, the only place to go is up.
So what's the rant in this? That you have to pay $18 before the movie is actually enjoyable.