Enjoyed this a great deal, but I suspect that it's not the sort of film that would hold up to repeat viewings. The plot never really goes anywhere, but Grant and Sheridan are terribly charming and the dialogue zips and glimmers pleasantly.
The dialogue is iffy. The plot lags. But so many moments are burned into my (and my generation's) imagination and memory - and have not faded. Anakin & Obi-Wan teetering over the brink of hell, hanging onto each other like exhausted boxers. Stunning.
The entire first act is splendid, finally establishing Anakin as likeable and charming, and breathing life into his relationship with Obi-Wan that wasn't there before.
The middle does sag. Padme remains the worst character - willfully blind to…
I Got That Reference: The Movie.
Marvel has always relied on the intertextual thrills of carrying references from one movie to another. In this film, for the first time, the references can talk back. Of course, they would - since this is a [GENRE REDACTED] movie. The question is how you engage with that history in a way that illuminates the past and enhances the future, without erasing the stakes of what went before.
For the most part, the Russos…