Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Finally For Something About Drama

Well, what might I be discussing in this post about drama? Yep. You guessed it. Star Wars! This evening, Derek and I finished watching all six movies, something that we've been wanting to do since the beginning of our relationship. You see, here's a little fact that you might not know about Derek and I - we're complete nerds. As in, grew-up-watching-Star-Wars-and-playing-with-Star-Wars-action-figures kind of nerds. In fact, I had no idea how much of a nerd Derek was until we started watching the movies together and he was able to reveal all his glorious nerddom.

Yes. We would fit in in this photograph. 
And unfortunately, we wouldn't know which side to be on...

But back to how this has to do with drama. See, Derek and I have this wonderful (but annoying to everyone else) habit of discussing the movies/TV shows/everything that we watch. Its our way of making movies so much more than just a movie. As Derek was discussing which Jedi knight was from what planet, and who did this in what book, and what each ship contained on the inside, I was observing things like, the social commentary that Star Wars contained. The insane similarities between the Empire and the Nazis (so weird, by the way). The interesting juxtaposition of the sterile, clean Empire with the earthy, real Rebels. And of course, when it came to Episode II, I couldn't help but express my great frustration at Hayden Christensen's terrible, terrible acting. *facepalm. Oh, and don't even get me started on Jar Jar Binks. I mean, seriously. The first (and hopefully only) thing that he did as a part of the Naboo senate was to elect a Sith lord as dictator - essentially. 

After seeing this exact expression for more than half the movie, with the other half being him expressing boyish frustrations about, what, exactly? 
I almost want to give up acting...

But thankfully, Hayden changes drastically from the second to the third movie, and shows that he actually has some skills. And Jar Jar's character very quickly loses lines - until he has a grand total of none in the third movie.

But, as my dear friend Kenton mentioned to me today, sometimes you just have to enjoy some movies for the sake of nostalgia, instead of examining the crap out of the acting. And I guess that's why the original three movies never had me cringing at the acting. I mean, seriously, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hammel, and tons of lightsaber battles, garbage compactors, and the Millennium Falcon, who can complain?

Star Trek vs. Star Wars: image found here.
Christensen: image found here.

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