if you don't don't count the books, graphic novels, video games, cartoons, role-playing games, and toys.
Last night/this morning, I braved the lines to see Episode III, then stumbled home for a few hours sleep before heading to another theater to see the digitally projected version.
Worth every bloodshot minute.
I am a bit resentful that George Lucas decided to wait till the 'last film' to make any sort of effort in the storytelling department. His depiction of Anakin's fall into darkness is tragic and almost heartbreaking, and I can't help but think what if George had tried as hard with the previous two films.
A few moments stand out for me...
Whatever combination of CGI, latex, and digital manipulation was employed, I salute the alchemists at ILM. The moment when Chancellor Palpatine dons his hood and truly becomes the Emperor is absolutely perfect. The kicker to this scene is the Ian McDarmid's delivery of his lines.
I want to take this moment and apologize to the lovely Ms. Amy Allen, who played the Twi'lek Jedi Aayla Secura. Devin and I had a chance to speak with her a few days ago at the Sci-Fi Expo, and at the time we had heard rumors that her character might be featured in some sort of Star Wars televison show. when asked, she seemed a bit apprehensive, but we took that to mean some sort of unspoken confirmation.
Unless a leather halter top can block laser fire at close range, I guess that won't be happening.
Click here to learn more about the alluring Twi'lek.
All in all, the film did a good job in setting the audience up for the despair that the Empire will inflict upon the galaxy, and the beginnings of rebellion.