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Misunderstanding the Force

Let me start with a simple disclaimer: I am a huge Star Wars fan. I have been since the movies first came out. I had all the cool toys growing up, including the huge Millennium Falcon model. (My mother swears she didn't throw any of that stuff away, but she also can't tell me where all of it is right now...)

I've got the movies on VHS and DVD, but haven't taken the time to see the latest installment yet. (But, hey, I get it: Anakin is Darth.)

And now I'm not sure I want to.

An Associated Press report last week said Star Wars fans have inundated websites with continuity mistakes in the movie.

For example, in one scene, Obi-Wan's eye color changes from "Ewan McGregor's natural blue-green eyes to a dark brown." In another, Anakin's mechanical hand switches from right to left. And another scene shows shadows that have shifted 45 degrees from the last scene.

Oh, the horror.

How could I ever watch a movie with such shoddy production?

I mean, how could such huge details get lost in a 140-minute movie? Even an Ewok could have seen that in the big fight scene, when Anakin and Obi Wan switch light sabers, there's one shot where Obi Wan has his saber back - the hilt design is totally different, according to one of the many posts.

Please spare me.

Now, I'll admit it is fun sometimes to grab a DVD and find all the mistakes others have pointed out (including the great scene from the original Star Wars where the stormtrooper smacks his head on a door frame). But, come on, how many times do you have to go and see a film in a theater to start looking for things like shifting shadows?

At some point - maybe when these people get a life that's not based in a galaxy far, far away - movies need to be taken as the entertainment vehicle they are usually made to be.

In the meantime, I'll sit back and shake my head in amazement and try to look past that one kid in the movie that is supposed to be dead but twitches his nose as Obi-Wan looks at him.

Maybe he just got nervous under the glare of a galaxy of movie geeks. Shifting gears, I want to welcome Lynn Davidson to The Mirror this week. She's taking Jerrie Macintire's place, covering school board and other topics.

Jerrie is taking time to be with her family and travel, now that all her children are out of high school.

But you'll still hopefully see her name in The Mirror from time to time starting in the fall.

Lynn comes to us from Evans, where she's spent the last few years working with The Augusta Chronicle and The Columbia County News-Times. She's excited about covering McDuffie County and can't wait to get out and about in the county we all love.

Web posted on Thursday, June 2, 2005


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