Hey folks, Harry here - This weekend, George Lucas holds his annual digital summit at SKYWALKER RANCH where he brings in the top filmmakers in the world and begins his updating regarding the world of digital filmmaking... his mission to complete remove alchemy from the process of filmmaking. Filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez, Francis Ford Copolla, Frank Darabont, Kerry Conran, Robert Zemeckis and many, many more will be hitting the ranch. Some of them famous for their Digital filmwork, some left doubting it's merits. The highlight this weekend is George's exhibition of STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH. Even now in Australia, Bryan Singer is shooting SUPERMAN RETURNS with the new Digital Camera dubbed "The Genesis Camera" which you can see some images from at BlueTights.Net So after this weekend we might be hearing the praises of REVENGE OF THE SITH from a great many fan-fave filmmakers, but for now... there's one voice shining out with pure unadulterated geek love for REVENGE OF THE SITH - and that's Kevin Smith! There's Spoilers galore in his review - but if you're a doubting Thomas - he's basically throwing down the glove saying this is "quite simply, fucking awesome." Here's a taste - you'll have to hit his site for the rest:
You've been warned...
- "Revenge of the Sith" is, quite simply, fucking awesome. This is the "Star Wars" prequel the haters have been bitching for since "Menace" came out, and if they don't cop to that when they finally see it, they're lying. As dark as "Empire" was, this movie goes a thousand times darker - from the triggering of Order 66 (which has all the Shock Troopers turning on the Jedi Knights they've been fighting beside throughout the Clone Wars and gunning them down), to the jaw-dropping Anakin/Obi Wan fight on Mustafar (where - after cutting his legs and arm off, Ben leaves Skywalker burning alive on the shores of a lava river, with Anakin spitting venomous sentiments at his departing mentor), this flick is so satisfyingly tragic, you'll think you're watching "Othello" or "Hamlet".
I saw a gorgeous digitally projected version of the flick, and lemme tell ya': this is a beautiful looking film. The opening space battle sequence is the best in any of the six "Star Wars" movies. Grievous and Kenobi's lightsaber duel is bad-ass, with Grievous rocking four sabers. The Clone Wars end rather early in the flick (about the halfway point), leaving the rest of the film to concentrate on Anakin's turn to the Dark Side, and the resulting slaughter of the Jedi.
Click Here To Read The Rest Of Kevin's Ecstatically Positive Take On REVENGE OF THE SITH!