Revenge Of The Sith Press Screening

On May 5th 2005 three OSWCC members were lucky enough to be on the “friends of Lucasfilm” list for a press screening of Star Wars Episode III : Revenge of the Sith! The three OSWCC members left to right are, John Wooten, Dan Flarida, and Dustin Roberts. We all met up at the Springdale 18 Cinema de Lux, in Springdale,OH around 11:00 AM. Releived to actually be on the list inside we decided to grab a bite to eat before the 12:00 noon showtime. Once inside with all of the local press an announcement was made that the film would start shortly and then it happened, no trailers, just right to the good stuff! Here’s everyone’s initital impression of the film. I’m sure our opinions will sway some what the more times we view it but fornow, we all agree, this film rocks!

Dan Flarida
I was lucky enough to see the movie this afternoon at a press screening (thanks Wooten!) and man o’ man was it incredible. It was everything I was hoping for and more. George put everything I was wanting out of a new SW movie into this one and finally made a badass prequel in my opinion. I am still trying to figure out where this movie falls on my list as far all six movies are concerned, but man it’s up there at the top. I will need to see it a couple more times to decide for sure, I don’t want the afterglow to influence me. I’m not going to go into a ton of details about the movie, mainly because I hate to type but here are some things that stood out. The one thing that really got me about this one was how emotional I got during the movie. I got a little weepy eyed about 3 or 4 times during the movie. It’s a very sad movie. You really feel sorry for Anakin as he is getting twisted by Palpatine, and it makes you wish it wasn’t happening to him. Kinda silly since you know how it all plays out, but the movie does a great job of making you feel for the tragedy that is closing in around him. Another sad part is the way they portray the jedi getting killed off after “order 66” and the way they show certain character’s responses to the slaughter is really powerful. One of the coolest, and most effective moments in probably all of the movies, is Yoda’s response when he first senses the killings. All you see is his cane falling to the floor, and then it moves to show his pain and sadness. Very cool. Another very cool moment was at the end where they are splitting up the twins and they take Luke to Beru and Owen. Obi-wan hands Luke to Beru and she walks towards Owen who is standing just like Luke was in Episode IV, with one foot up on the rock and the twin suns setting behind him. Very cool.

John Wooten
I can’t really communicate my thoughts about this movie yet in any sort of coherent way, but I’ll offer up this quote from Anakin:

“Here’s where the fun begins…”

This is what we’ve been waiting for. As epic and euphoric as A New Hope is in the Star Wars saga, Sith is as tragic. It’s crazy good, guys!

Dustin Roberts
First of all, thank you to those who made today’s screening possible. This final chapter is by far the very best of the prequels films to date. The visuals are stunning, the sound unreal, and story answers questions I’ve had since childhood. I won’t go into boring details of the movie, you can find that on other websites. I do want to mention to all you R2-D2 fans out there, you will not be disappointed! Don’t miss this one!