This film has the best and the worst of the prequel trilogy in it. It's not terrible, I can definitely see it's merits. Its the most visually interesting film in the entire saga, and Ian McDiarmott is genuinely hypnotising. But its the most important story, and in that it's also the most disappointing. Anakin's descent into the dark side happens way too fast when there was plenty if time to set it up in the last films. I like how it's justified, but it happens way too fast to make an impact.
I really wanted to love this.
I watched the original show when it originally aired when I was younger, but after it finished, it was something I never revisited.
And then there's this reunion. A tonally inconsistent mess that seems to totally miss what made the original show, if not super special, at least enjoyable. The goofy stuff was not what we loved. The shenanigans were nice, but the core of the story was the characters we fell in love…
A lot of the time, I go to the movies to be challenged, to be made to read into a work to determine a theme, to be emotionally moved in some way, or to appreciate an example of mastery of the craft.
Then again, sometimes I just want to go and have a giant grin put on my face by characters and situations I know aren't all that inventive or new, but manage to keep me very entertained nonetheless.
Whenever I tell people that Stop Making Sense is one of my favorite films, they always have the same look on their face. They've tossed it to the side as a simple concert documentary. A well-done concert documentary, but a concert documentary all the same, and don't understand why I'm praising what they think they could do with their iPhone at the next Beyonce concert they go to.
While they're not necessarily wrong, their dismissiveness of the film almost proves…