The film is breezy and hilarious, never afraid to play up its comic sensibilities. The performances, especially by the three leads, are pure joy. From the snappy opening of the film to its classic final line uttered by the great Joe E. Brown, Some Like It Hot is the epitome of classic comedy done right.
It remains as effective and brilliant today on every level as it was upon release, and just gets better with age. It’s a romance, it’s an action-adventure, and it’s a chase. It’s a war story, it’s a spiritual journey, and it’s a coming-of-age tale. It’s about friends and family, and it’s about victory and defeat. It has ice worlds, cloud cities, and swamp creatures. It’s funny and it’s thrilling, it’s sad and it’s shocking. It reveals most of the important lessons about the Force, and opens up several great mysteries that drive the series. It is the definitive Star Wars movie.
It is the biggest, most expansive Star Wars movie, and the best film of writer-director George Lucas’ career. The spectacular digital visual effects make Episode III one of the best-looking Star Wars releases. But it is the character relationships and their emotional wallop, combined with breathtaking action sequences, that matter most. Operatic, powerful, action-packed, emotionally devastating, and full of some of the best performances of the series, this film delivered everything we’d been waiting for in the prequels and then some.