TPM Review Retrospective

A loyal reader pointed out something on the official site by Jedi News’s Mark Newbold, a retrospective on some mainstream reviews of TPM, which don’t sound as horrible as one might think they were. (They really weren’t, unless you were like me and stuck in Washington, D.C. at the time and had to suffer though the reviews in the ComPost.)

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7 Responses to “TPM Review Retrospective”

  1. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    I’ll have to congratulate him personally when I send in my next article tomorrow.

  2. Keith Palmer Says:

    There was a piece in my newspaper just yesterday about how “closed communities” are swift to develop these days, and inside them everyone begins to not just think the same way but also to reject opposing viewpoints with increasing vehemence… It was meant to suggest situations more troubling than how people react to some big-budget movies, but it still seems to have some bearing on “period reviews” now seeming “surprisingly positive.” (Nevertheless, I’m fully aware we might be told “oh, and you’ve turned awful positive in response to us!”)

    • Tony Ferris Says:

      Well yeah, the same could be said of our little community.

      It’s a good point, but I’m not sure that it’s anything new, it’s how humans have always behaved. It’s just gotten a little more nebulous and specific these days.

  3. madmediaman Says:

    Rotten Tomatoes did a retrospective a number of years ago looking at the critical consensus of the Prequels vs. the Original Trilogy, and discovered to their shock… the Prequels overall received a better critical reception than TESB or ROTJ.

    For the purposes of this examination they r only counted reviews in the immediate aftermath of all six films releases, so reviews of the SEs were out, as were home video reviews and many blog reviews done years after the fact:

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/star_wars_episode_ii_attack_of_the_clones/news/1645247/critical_consensus_star_wars_prequels_actually_better_reviewed_than_originals/

    All three Prequels received the RT “Fresh” rating:

    83% – Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
    79% – Star Wars
    65% – Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
    62% – Star wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
    52% – The Empire Strikes Back
    31% – Return of the Jedi

    Interesting perspective.

    • Keith Palmer Says:

      The low score for Return of the Jedi does make think again of an impression I’ve had that the “Republic trilogy” could be seen as a simple, sustained attempt to provide some more development and motivation for Darth Vader casting down the Emperor, after some people looked at it “seriously” but perhaps not on a particularly deep level and wound up obsessing over a sense of having been “betrayed by the Ewoks” and presuming the Empire would need a great deal more mopping up in the Expanded Universe, and other people just focused on moments like “It’s a trap!” I suppose, though, that there I’m aware of a person or two who seemed to “get the point” just with three movies, only to not be able to reconcile their personal theories with Revenge of the Sith at the very end.

  4. Brian McVickar Says:

    Great article and happy to see it on the main site, giving the article a much broader audience. No one can take away the fact that I saw TPM three times that Summer of ’99 and enjoyed it greatly each time.

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