Tonight I am going to watch Starwars III. On Belgian tv there has been a very active advertising campaign to promote the film and there is one line that haunts me which is said in one of the trailers:

"But you were the chosen one." - Ewan McGregor

When you know the background story a little (no need to be an expert), this very line, the way it is said, the moment it is said, just sums it all up: the dispair, the incredulity...

Is it the timbre of his voice? Is it his acting skills? Is it my background knowledge? I don't know. But I watched the trailer and remembered it and thought about it later and posted in my blog about it.

And it's not always a line which resonates, it can be a situation, an expression. One thing that is true for each case, is that when it is seen/heard out of context, it still has impact.

These moments are what I look for in a good flick. So next time you watch it, at that very moment, when that very line is said, you are still taken away by it.

rnewhouse says:

I agree with your take on those "magic moments." I think it has something to do with Jackson's comment in the Real Stars thread -- it is the underlying story that resonates.

But there's something else too, and I'm not sure what it is. When Neil Armstrong and crew first landed on the moon, I was (along with the rest of the world) watching the whole deal on TV. Hours before the famous "one small step" line, which was obviously crafted and scripted by dozens of PR people, there was a line that still send shivers up and down my spine.

It was right after the lunar craft had been gliding over the dusty surface of this strange little planet, with no one knowing what to really expect, and the Moment of Truth close at hand. They chose their spot, maneuvered in for a perfect touchdown, and announced over the comm link: "This is Tranquility Base. The Eagle has landed."

Oh man, just typing it chokes me up.

Wirehead says:

I get chills whenever I read or hear that line.

lidge_34 says:

I'm also seeing it tonight, at the midnight showing. Can't wait!

lidge_34 says:

Well, without saying too much, I thought it was better than the first two, but not up to the originals.

One thing that I found interesting was that I assumed the "geek quotient" would be quite high for the first midnight showing. It wasn't at all--mostly high school and college age kids with probably 4-5 adults scattered throughout. And nobody wearing Darth Vader costumes or the like.

Anybody else see it last night? The one crappy thing is that I can't talk about it yet because most people I know haven't seen it.

Wirehead says:

Yes, and you know we have summary executions here for spoilers, right?


lidge_34 says:

Fully aware. I do work with Dylan, afterall. My only message is to HURRY UP and see it so there can be no spoilers!

CJO says:

Seeing the movie was actually less exciting than driving my car into a ditch before the movie. Nevertheless, I have to disagree with lidge somewhat on the geek quotient. Two guys in front of me were arguing over who would win in a fight--Boba Fett or some guy I didn't recognize. I didn't know people had conversations like that in real life.

Anyway, the movie had its moments, and the "You were the chosen one" is definitely one of the high points of the film. I also liked how in a lot of ways Episode III neatly transitions into the original movies.

I do have some gripes though. I'll save them until more people have seen the film.

lidge_34 says:

Yeah, I was listening to my MP3 player and reading a magazine while we were waiting for an hour and a half, so I didn't hear the above conversation or any others that may have been going on. There was a small vote on whether Jar Jar Binks should be killed, and I think the only people who voted against it were the girls in the audience and a few guys that were obviously "attached" to the girls. But my point about the geek quotient was that I figured it would be close to 100%, but it was probably more like 10-20%.

dcormier says:

One of the guys I work with went to Orlando to see a midnight showing from a digital projection system. And was back at work 9:00 AM (we're in Clearwater).

Then the company paid for everyone to go see it on Friday (at a local theater), which was cool. The company I work for rocks.

Wirehead says:

I'm giving it two thumbs up. A fitting conclusion/beginning.

Who wants to start a betting pool on how many years it'll be before the lure of all that filthy lucre makes Lucas go back on his sworn statement that he's through with Star Wars now and go ahead and make Episodes VII, VIII, and IX?

OneNight says:

I will bet you he won't. Unless he wants to make everything animated. Phantom had 60 minutes, Clones had 70 minutes and Sith had 90 minutes of animation.

He will need to do this because if he continued from VI then all the actors would have to be digitally put onto the screen because they're all a lot older now (or dead?).

I agree about the movie Wirehead, a fitting conclusion/beginning.

DataBind() says:

I'm pretty sure there will more more animated series.

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