This film has been rather ridiculed during its 10 years of existence. Whether this movie is worthy of such ridicule is left open to interpretation.
I haven’t seen this film for a few years so naturally I wanted to see it again. I wanted to watch a film without having to analyze it to the hilt.
What hits me right away is Hayden Christensen’s quite wooden acting. He obviously is trying, but it just falls a bit flat for some reason. Natalie Portman does well as Padme, but I can see at first why people mock the trilogy. What is more than clear is Anakin is between a rock and a hard place with incredibly tragic consequences. I can’t imagine anyone else playing the role of Obi Wan Kenobi but as an actor he slightly surpasses Christensen and it shows.
As to this film’s superiority compared to its sequels, I can’t really compare it. I saw Star Wars Episode 4 back in First Year of College (2011) and all I got was an overriding feeling of ‘um…is that it?’. If you are something of a Star Wars fan, then thunderous applause to you. I don’t disregard you in any way but the fact of the matter is that sci-fi is not really the ‘go-to’ genre for me.
Quite a flat film but passably OK with the motley crew of rogues that pass for actors. At some points the CG seemed a bit flaky but it really didn’t bother me very much.
MY RATING: ** / *****