Saturday, April 30, 2005

Kevin Smith Gets our Hopes Up

It's all over the net that Kevin Smith has seen Episode III and went mad for it. Here's a brief snippet:

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.


The rest of the interview (Spoiler warning!) is here, and we should also warn you that View Askew has buried the interview below the fold to innundate you with ads, knowing the traffic they're getting. Smart lads, them.

What to take from this? Not sure. Many would argue that Kevin being such a hardcore fan, we have to give his opinion some due. However, Episode II had the same kind of buzz going into it, with people leaking how much better it was than The Phantom Menace. While it was a step up, it was certainly not the film that made us absolve Lucas completely of his sins.

We're listening for more industry buzz about just how good Revenge is going to be, but until then, we're going in with absolutely as little expectations as possible.

UPDATE: So, after giving it some thought, I decided to canvas the net to see what Kevin thought of the first two prequels.

Episode I: "the long and short of it is that I liked it - quite a bit. I'd rank it right after 'Empire' in a list of fave 'Star Wars' flicks. It starts great, ends great, and has great stuff sprinkled in between."

(Read his whole review here).

Episode II: “And that's what worked best for me about the Anakin arc in CLONES: the doomed love affair of Anakin and Amidala. Most of the critics dismissed this as the flick's most ham-fistedly handled aspect, but I thought it played out tragically and beautifully. High marks to both Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman, because I completely bought their relationship."

(Read the rest of the interview here: Smith gives high marks to ATTACK OF THE CLONES)

So, can I take Kevin's word about Episode III? Nope, not anymore. Obviously, we are of two minds on the subject. My expectations remain sadly low.

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