May 31, 2005

Belated Revenge of the Sith Review

I liked it. Pauline Kael nailed it in 1977:

Maybe the only real inspiration involved in “Star Wars” was to set its sci-fi galaxy in the pop-culture past, and to turn old-movie ineptness into conscious Pop Art. And maybe there’s a touch of genius in keeping it so consistently what it is, even if this is the genius of the plodding. Lucas has got the tone of bad movies down pat: you never catch the actors deliberately acting badly, they just seem to be bad actors, on contract to Monogram or Republic, their klunky enthusiasm polished at the Ricky Nelson school of acting.
Some reviewers, with their complaints about the acting and writing, seem to be forgetting that this is a Star Wars movie.

Incidentally, Kael liked The Empire Strikes Back much better-- rightly, I think.

Posted by John Tabin at May 31, 2005 01:28 AM


Did you know that P Kael who is rightly considered the best film critic in history, did not believe McGovern had lost let alone lost in a landslide because she didn't know a single person who voted for Nixon?

Posted by: lt at May 31, 2005 09:15 AM