Neal Stephenson explains Revenge of the Sith

Turn On, Tune In, Veg Out – New York Times
Neal Stephenson, writing an editorial piece for the New York Times, recalls the first time he saw Star Wars…and uses it as a parable of our times.
He also reveals, about the movie itself:
Likewise, many have been underwhelmed by the performance of Hayden Christensen, who plays Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. Only if you’ve seen the “Clone Wars” cartoons will you understand that Anakin is a seriously damaged veteran, a poster child for post-traumatic stress disorder. But since none of that background is actually supplied by the Episode III script, Mr. Christensen has been given an impossible acting task. He’s trying to swim in air.

Exactly. Having not read the ancillary material, I found the conversion of Anakin to be unrealistic and unconvincing.
Do read the whole thing, though.

3 thoughts on “Neal Stephenson explains Revenge of the Sith”

  1. Wow, that’s a slick and effective analogy. Though I resent the media that does not supply the whole story and assumes that essential content can be done “offline”.
    I saw the film last night.
    While I think Hayden Christensen did well with the story that was presented to us, I don’t think we got enough of the story. Some actors would have been able to ‘sell the untold parts’. Hayden didn’t do that.
    Mark Hamill was asked to do much less with his part and managed more than what was written on the page. To be fair, I think that the structure of the first three movies allows this–plus the chemistry between Han and Leia gives Luke more than a few ‘cherries’ to pick from the material.

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