Yes, yes, the first three movies were awful, the plots were weak and discontinuous, the characters were lame and the acting was poor. The amount of CGI vs. the awesome campiness of the original trilogy was obnoxious too. Spare me, I know what people say about them and mostly I agree.
Back in 1999, when Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace came out I went and saw it in the theater, opening night, seduced as all geeks were by the irresistible pull of Anything-Made-By-George-Lucas. After the movie yawned through the first half hour, the little kid climbs into a "pod racer" and suddenly the movie was FREAKING AWESOME. Please, someone...I dare you to claim that when Sebulba's podracer was bearing down on Anakin, and the entire theater shook with the LOBLOBLOBLOBLOB of Sebulba's massive engines, that you weren't excited.
Honestly, I join the pack of "disappointed" when it comes to the first three movies, as well as the "digitally remastered" versions of the original trilogy. But this weekend The Phantom Menace comes out in 3D, and while the idea of redoing movies in 3D seems REALLY lame and just a profit-making vehicle, I think I want to go. Just to see the podracing.
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