Sunday, May 22, 2005
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Okay, the first thing you need to know about me before you read this is that I'm not a Star Wars fan. So there is no way, I can give this film the review it deserves, because honestly, I know sh*t about the series. But the second thing you need to know is that I'm a fan of Hayden Christensen, so I'm writing a review anyway.
Yeah, Hayden Christensen just took the 'bad boy' image to a whole new level with his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in this third installment of Lucas' 2nd Star Wars Trilogy. My sister dubbed it as the 'evil boy' image, and I must say, I like that term a lot.
As I said, I'm not a big fan of Star Wars, what with all the political and social issues it tackles--it's hardly science fiction, but the character Anakin Skywalker was just so great, I'm now thinking that I'm always going to answer his name if asked who I think is a character in literature that has the most powerful effect on people. Or, maybe not effect, but the character that really gets people impressed and excited and all that. I mean, there are many wonderfully complex characters that have been written (and played, I guess)--Holden Caulfield, Severus Snape, Holly Golightly, etc. and now I think Anakin Skywalker is way up there with them, even heading up the list.
Maybe it's because I'm such an adherent of destiny-related stories and that's why I absolutely loved how Anakin, the chosen one, the one who was supposed to bring balance to the force, was destined to become evil. I mean, seriously, that is just so cool. It's the whole "absolute power corrupts absolutely" thing, but explained in more detail. It was great, how they were able to use all the reasons of how people turn bad, why Anakin turned over to the Dark Side--he was seeking revenge for his mother (in Episode II), he was jealous about the woman he loved (he thought Obiwan turned Padme against him), and he thought nobody was giving him the attention he deseved. Plus, he had an insatiable thirst for strength, just because he knew he had the potential to become the most powerful person in the universe--and this is something that's not cliche.
It was way cool (I'm obviously running out of positive adjectives) how even Padme (Natalie Portman), the one he said he can't live without, couldn't suppress his thirst for power. Although she was the reason he wanted that much power in the first place, it was just amazing how they made it so that even when Padme said that she didn't want Anakin doing such things, he still remained loyal to his own resolve. I don't know, but after seeing so many movies that show how guys/girls change their minds just because their significant others said so, I think this was a really refreshing change.
This is probably the only movie about deceit and lies and revenge and all things going to hell, that I like. And I have the dichotomy of Anakin Skywalker to thank for it. Oh, and I guess the undeniably good looks of Hayden Christensen, who was just perfect in every scene, too. Or, okay, it's not even really about deceit and lies, because Anakin was fully aware that Palpatine was the Sith Lord they were looking for when he allied with him. He knew that he was the one who started the war, he knew everything. It really just so happened that he such an arrogant, stubborn kid, so despite knowing all that, he still went over to the Dark Side.
Recently, a lot of TV shows (i.e. Charmed, Buffy, etc.) have a line that goes something like "It's not about good or evil. It's about power," because apparently, the message now is that battles don't really have sides anymore, or that, both sides are after the same thing--power. I just think it's uncanny, how they showed that kind of message here--when Darth Sidius said that the Jedi and Sith were both pretty much the same--using the Force, etc. It just makes me feel the whole idea of relativism stronger.
Anyway, going back to the whole 'evil boy' image thing, I just like to mention (yet again) that Hayden Christensen was perfect for the role, because he's like a pretty boy gone sinister or something, like, his dark side, is really dark, because at first sight, you wouldn't be suspicious of him, and aren't those usually the most dangerous ones? The people you least expect to strike.
Maybe I'm just beating around the bush, but I can't find enough words to accurately explain how impressed I am with what happened. I mean, everyone already knows that Anakin's Darth Vader and what's going to happen, but then, because it's only now that I found out how those things happened (process-oriented...), that's why I really appreciate the story--so much so it's giving me goosebumps. Plus, I cannot get over how absolutely gorgeous Anakin was--it really affects how I think of Darth Vader. I mean, maybe they got a handsome actor just so the audience would have something pleasing to look at, but somehow to me it adds so much more to the character of Vader--that he was once the Chosen One, handsome and all that and then that's what happens to him because of some conditioning and manipulation...
Yeah, I'm going to end this right now before I repeat another thing I've already said.
Posted at 03:45 am by miriyammqx
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May 25, 2005 01:20 PM PDT
d ba si luke ang chosen one? akala lang nila si anakin?
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May 24, 2005 10:49 AM PDT
wala natawa lng ako sa adherent...lalim, parang mejo off nga kc...ewan...
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May 23, 2005 01:48 PM PDT
hahahaa! this is a hayden christensen review not a star wars review >:P pbbt! hehehe...
oo nga si anakin ang chosen one talaga
May 22, 2005 10:34 PM PDT
@Lessa: sabi ni luis and frances (who are both star wars fans), si anakin daw talaga 'yung chosen one, kasi siya naman talaga nag-bring ng balance to the force as he was the one who killed the emperor eventually, but only after he joined the dark side.
anyway, sabi ko nga, i'm not a fan, so i really don't know. :P
May 22, 2005 08:13 PM PDT
hehe. Starwars rocks pare!!! ako, starwars fan... we grew up with that. as in betamax palang. my brother has practically all the games. (But we don't read the books.) Nga pala.. he's not the chosen one... si Luke yun. it's actually his son who will bring balance to the force, not him. siyempre diba, before balance, there has to be imbalance. wehwhe. that's accdg to my bro. pero grabe! hanep!!