Does 'Sith' Strike Out?
The Force is with "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" ... almost.
I saw a press screening this week and am pleased to report that "Sith" is better by far than the two most recent installments in the series, "The Phantom Menace" and "Attack of the Clones." George Lucas knows he has a story to tell -- how Anakin transforms into Darth Vader -- and he sticks closely to the narrative, with less of the "C-Span in Space" plotlines that put me to sleep in the past.
There are still a few Skywalker snags: Awkward dialogue (particularly between Anakin and Padme), the obviously CGI Yoda (bring back the Muppet!) and acting that sometimes lapses into sleepwalking. But hardcore fans should have no trouble ignoring all that during the intense finale. Big props to Natalie Portman, who may make a few Comic Book Guys weep when she tearfully declares that Anakin is breaking her heart. And the best news of all: Jar Jar Binks doesn't say one word. Meesa like that.
If you're seeking more "Star Wars," head over to "Sith" Sense, the "Star Wars" blog I'll be hosting as we countdown to the big release date on May 19. And visit our special "Star Wars" package, which is filled with fun stories from The Post's archives, news about upcoming online discussions (two words: Boba Fett) and more. In other words, there's plenty for you to Chewie on.
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