The line around the theater was easily two hundred yards long. There was no way that all these people were going to make it in to see the screening of this Geeks most anticipated film of the year: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow! But it didn’t seem to matter, the crowd was happy and excited. I’ve been to many such screenings, and it never fails that half of the people there are only in line because they want to see a train wreck for free, (see Alien vs. Predator). Not so with this film. There was not a single person expecting this film to be bad, or even mildly disappointing. In fact, I found myself concerned that people were holding this movie in such high expectations that it could never deliver the goods.
Okay, so I know I mentioned that I would lay off the Star Wars ranting for a while. Heh, like that will ever happen. There is just too much going on in the galaxy far far away for me to not say anything. I wish I could say it was information that had me excited, but I can’t. I also don’t think I can give ?ol father George anymore of my hard earned credits.
I keep telling myself that I am being a little too harsh on Susanville. Perhaps that little town isn’t akin to the Orc infested kingdom of Mordor; sure it has a volcano close by and tends to smell but still. No, Susanville is actually a Hellmouth! (Heh, you think I was going to go somewhere serious with this? Please). Susanville has had more strange happens within it’s tiny population of 15,700 then any other town I can think of. Where oh where to begin?
I found myself bouncing back and forth between two people as I watched the newest film from Paul WS Anderson. The person who can watch a film with a critical eye and knows what to look for in a film; and, the big ?ol fanboy who has waited more then a decade to see these icons of films go claw to claw. Instead of trying to find a balance between the two I will simply give in and provide two completely separate reviews. Before I delve deeper, I want to give a big thanks to Scott at Film Fever for the pass.
I have spent a good amount of time blasting Lucas for all the terrible things he’s done to Star Wars ever since the release of the Special Editions in 1997. I can’t deny however, the images and symbols he created over 25 years ago. Granted, most of those images and symbols came from Joseph Campbell and his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces, but that does not take away from their meaning. One of the trilogies primary symbols being the hero journey of Luke Skywalker. Most viewers come away with the simple images of Luke growing from the archetypical pig farmer to great hero who restores the order of the Jedi. Luke, to most viewers, falls under the “warrior hero” archetype. To a point this is true, however; Luke performs an even greater task, that of the “healing hero” when he restores his father to the man he once was. I know, most of you don’t need to Star Wars plot recap, but it helps to lay the foundation of this installment.