Last week I watched TPM on Monday, AOTC on Tuesday, and of course ROTS Wednesday at midnight, then a bunch more over the weekend. So, feeling down about the end of Star Wars, I figured what better remedy than to move along to Episode 4 ?
Don't get me wrong, I love it, but man did the second half of it ever feel flat last night. The opening stuff with the Tantive 4 was great as was the Tatooine stuff with Obi-Wan but once they get to the Death Star it started to feel bland. The dialogue with Vader and Obi-Wan was great but after Ben dies it goes downhill for me.
I think Mark Hammill is partly to blame, he's not very good in this one. He has his moments but it's not until ESB when he really gets going, he does a fantastic job in that picture and of course by ROTJ he does a great job of playing a confident Jedi.
I wasn't born until ANH was a year old so growing up I always took it in under the context of the whole trilogy. I have come to the realization that I don't like it that much as a stand alone. Had the film tanked and no sequels or prequels ever been made, I don't imagine myself even talking about ANH that much, compared to, say, Dawn of the Dead which was released in 1978. Yes I know that one is also part of a "trilogy" but it has no linked characters and barely even a linked plotline (many many ripoffs over the years) so I'm counting that as a standalone.
ANH is a cool movie but without the deeper layers added to it by the sequels and prequels I wouldn't be so caught up in it.
Thankfully after ANH I can move on to ESB which is what I'm watching right now, what a great film ! Yoda is back and we get Lando, come on !