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Star Wars question

Advice needed.

I saw the original Star Wars trilogy, but passed on Episodes I and II.  Now I've heard good things about the newest episode, and think I want to see it.  My question:  Do I really need to rent the DVDs of Ep. I and II and watch them first, or will I be able to figure out what's going on in Ep. III without that?

Space icon is courtesy of crazybutsound.

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maverick4oz
May. 24th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I could have sworn I answered this on my Star Wars post. I would say, no you don't have to see the other two unless you are truly a masocist. LOL Knowing the first three stories, you should be able to understand what's going on in this one.
aswanargent
May. 24th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I was hoping that's what people would say. And you know, it's possible you did answer before and LJ just never sent me the e-mail; that's happened a couple of times recently that I know of.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to answer again. :-)
castalie
May. 24th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
I don't think you necessarily need to see Ep I & II - not if you saw the original trilogy anyway, I'd think it suffices. Also, if you lucky enough to have missed Ep I & II, you musn't lose your luck! Keep away from them, seriously *nodnod*
aswanargent
May. 25th, 2005 09:54 am (UTC)
You and crazybutsound seem to have the same opinion of Episodes I and II, lol!
callmeri
May. 24th, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'll agree with the others except... there are a few scenes with Anakin in "Attack of the Clones" that do make his transition to the dark side in "Sith" a bit easier to swallow. (Several people I've talked to felt that his conversion was a little rushed in "Sith," but I think a great deal of it was accomplished in "Clones" already.) However... if you're willing to have a little blind faith and apply a dash of suspension of belief, enjoying "Sith" should be no problem at all. *g*
aswanargent
May. 25th, 2005 10:04 am (UTC)
The consensus (especially on the part of the two French friends who commented) seems to be that I should stay away from Episodes I and II unless I go well-armed (silver bullets, a crucifix, a necklace of garlic cloves, etc.), so I think I'll do just that and take Episode III on its own. After all, I can always go back later and rent I and II and just watch the Anakin-to-Darth character development bits.
crazybutsound
May. 24th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
I think you need to NOT see eps 1 & 2. I think you'll be better off NEVER seeing eps 1 & 2. Believe me. Even if they were to help you understand ep 3, they so wouldn't be worth it. I'd take my chances with just ep 3 if I were you. *nods*

Now me? I wasn't lucky enough to have missed eps 1 & 2. And I'm still going to go see ep 3 because I need to know for myself. But I'm a lot more reluctant than I would have been had I missed out on the other two, trust me.
aswanargent
May. 25th, 2005 10:11 am (UTC)
There's a cinema multiplex (six screens) a block away from my home; Episode III is playing there now, and will probably be there the entire summer. So, if you don't get a chance to see the film before your trip, you can certainly catch it here. (And then we can rent Episodes I and II if I still have unanswered questions.) ;-)
french_hobbit
May. 28th, 2005 12:50 am (UTC)
Answer is: no you don't have to see them before - and if you don't watch them at all it's okay, too - except, except (but i'm biased) for a certain character who's dying in Ep I *sniffles*
aswanargent
May. 28th, 2005 09:42 am (UTC)
Hmph! Now you've made me curious. I didn't pay a lot of attention when Eps I and II were released (other than to be aware that fans were unhappy with the films), so I don't know who you're talking about. Guess at some point I'll rent the DVDs ....
french_hobbit
May. 28th, 2005 10:31 am (UTC)
Talking about him ;)

While we're at movies, we've been speaking about Jeremy Irons and you told me it was one of your favourite actors. Could you rec me some movies in which he is? Please?
aswanargent
May. 28th, 2005 10:59 am (UTC)
Okay ... and who was he in the film?

I didn't forget. Here you are:

Brideshead Revisited (1981; Public Television miniseries based on Evelyn Waugh's novel)

Dead Ringers (1988; David Cronenberg) -- JI should have gotten a Best Actor Oscar for this performance, imo

Reversal of Fortune (1990; Barbet Schroeder) -- JI did win a Best Actor Oscar for this film

Damage (1992; Louis Malle) -- I can't get enough of this film. Irons plays a happily-married British Cabinet Minister who begins a torrid (and I do mean torrid) affair with his son's fiancée (played by Juliette Binoche). Start with this one.

M. Butterfly (1993; David Cronenberg)

You might also like Being Julia, which came out last year. It's actually Annette Bening's movie, but JI plays her husband/manager, and it's really the first time I've seen him do comedy.

Enjoy!


french_hobbit
May. 28th, 2005 11:07 am (UTC)
Thanksthanksthanks - i even got a detailed answer! i will look for those (Being Julia has not been released here yet, too bad)
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