One sentence reviews: Star Wars

This post is one sentence reviews of the Star Wars franchise.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Beautiful production values do not compensate for weaker story, but it kind of simmers.
My response: Suitable. Experience positive and negative, virtue positive.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
Beautifully produced sequel to The Phantom Menace is even more handsome than its predecessor. Quiet and slow, with good themes though.
My response: Suitable. Experience somewhat positive but mostly negative, virtue positive.

The Clone Wars (2008)
This is an animation between episodes of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, is quite an odd story, but if you get into the swing of things, is quite entertaining.
My response: Suitable. Experience somewhat positive, virtue positive, but not an outstanding film to warrant a higher rating.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Emotionally strong episode focusing on Anakin Skywalker’s fall from grace, it works, though could have been even more vivid than it is.
My response: Better one–with reservation. Experience powerful, virtue negative in a sense but positive in essence, film good but not great.

Rogue One (2016)
Intriguing from the outset, this Star Wars spin off goes on its own steam and entertainingly so.
My response: Better one–with reservation. Experience positive, virtue positive, but not entirely together as a film, but not dull either.

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
Original, exciting, believable science fiction set in whole other world with similarities to our own.
My response: Better one. Experience positive, virtue positive.

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Tight even profound storytelling, and this sequel takes Star Wars in colorful and darker directions, beautifully produced.
My response: Better one. Experience positive, virtue in a sense negative but in essence positive.

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Bright sequel to The Empire Strikes Back is more about heart, soul and production values than story, agreeably so.
My response: Better one–with reservation. Experience positive and negative, virtue very positive, but film a bit lacking.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Well produced episode holds interest until the end with action, excitement and a solid story.
My response: Better one–with reservation. Experience positive, virtue positive, film itself is good but lacks a bit of something.

 

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The James Bond myth

The James Bond movies are based on the Ian Fleming spy novels, novels reportedly based on his experiences. The first Bond film arrived in theaters in 1962, with Dr. No.

The stories, if based on experiences, might be hyped up in the movie versions.

There’s one Bond film playing tonight that has a story that made me think twice. Of course there’s a point to a media mogul wanting to take over the media—this point is media monopolization—but getting your head around a megalomaniac media tycoon doesn’t ring true.

However, if you want to discuss the problems of a media company taking up too much market space, just leave any misappropriation to the authorities who know what to do.

Then there are the nuclear plots and snazzy sounding premises that are basically fantasies.

So we can’t trust a Bond story to ring true. If this is the case in a Bond film, it may really depend on the actors rather than the story and the action.

In terms of actors, the perennial and rather silly question is what Bond actor do you like? Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, or Daniel Craig? What about the Bond girls? What about the villains?

Some critics may praise the villains out of a sheer base instinct especially if the story is lacking, but then give the film three stars instead of two. Yet a Bond film should be about how well it’s done and if it engages on its own terms. Bond films are really unbelievable anyhow, so they’re redundant from the outset, Skyfall the only exception.

Like Bond is having too much fun with Bond girls with very little effort put into him redeeming his ways. There are the why’s of what makes Bond James Bond, but it ends in the arms of a woman rather than a serious treatment.

But we never did believe in the mythology of James Bond.