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Great expectations

I’ll probably go and see Revenge of the Sith one of these days, just to honor the person I was in kindergarten (do they still make Underoos?). But I’m not exactly enthused by the reviews, most of which seem to suggest that the movie is worthwhile because it sucks less than The Phantom Menace and Whateverthehell Number Two Was Called. I’m also completely turned off by the latest round of cross-promo marketing (though I have to admit that I’m just a tiny bit fond of the ad with Yoda in the diner: “Want your sandwich you do not” sort of gets me.)

This morning’s Daily Sun has the midnight movie coverage. Note, primarily, the photo: The plastic lightsaber may have been cheap, but at what cost to your dignity? Look, if you’re going to hold up a big fake sword in a newspaper photo, at least go all the way; you can’t just wear a robe and look sort of lost. You have to own it.

Here’s my favorite bit of the article, with added boldface:

Jeremiah Whitmore, 17, of Flagstaff, had been at Harkins since 3 a.m. Wednesday.

“I was expecting there to be a lot more people. I was completely by myself for 3 1/2 hours,” Whitmore said.

Whitmore said he had high expectations for “Revenge of the Sith.”

Story-wise I don’t think it can outdo ‘Return of the Jedi,’ but as far as special effects and battles it will be the best,” Whitmore said.

It’s quite rare to see Return of the Jedi held up as the benchmark for good storytelling.