Monday, May 23, 2005

Deconstructing Star Wars 3

Saw it. Liked it enough. A fine accompaniment to popcorn and a soda.

So much for my review. What I find fascinating is all of the "deep inner meaning" many bloggers have found within the frames - Everything from hidden anti-Bush messages to warnings to the Catholic Church.

Punditguy has deciphered this warning: "Priests should remain celibate, and homosexuality is a threat to the future of the church."

Anyone with a ticket is certainly entitled to their unique perspective. (Although, I'm especially enjoying the perspective of bloggers who have not seen the movie!) That said, this is a stretch. If you've seen the movie, check out the warning for details. If not, save it for later (as there are "spoilers") and make note of the "stretchiest" part of his theory:

The Padme character, her pregnancy 'problem' and her neediness represent homosexuality in the Catholic priesthood.

Uh huh. (wink, wink)

Upon reflection, I vaguely remember Samuel L. Jackson's character making a comment about war being bad. If it was aimed at the President, I missed it. And, there was a scene where the Chancellor Palpatine was making a very dramatic speech to the Senate. Standing on his "throne" with the camera to his back and lots of dramatic backlighting, he held up both hands and (in my opinion) looked quite "papal". What, if anything, George Lucas intended with that is anybody's guess.

Pass the popcorn!


At 4:52 PM, May 23, 2005, Blogger Vavoom said...

Well, I have to admit, there was a tremendous use of "Force" in that movie. Hahahahaha, oh, I kill myself... I'll be here all week, thank you, thank you.

At 5:33 PM, May 23, 2005, Blogger Juno said...

I still think nothing beats the character chemistry in the first three movies, although the effects in this last one are truely fantastic.

Padmi is being said to represent homosexual Catholic priests? Wow! And I thought Catholic school was trippy when I was a kid!

At 6:24 PM, May 23, 2005, Blogger CafeCath said...

Vavoom -- (Clap, Clap, Clap) Oh, yeah. How could I forget "The Force"? I read somewhere (can't remember where) that Lucas' formula for The Force was a mix of Buddist, Jewish and Christian teachings. Don't know if it's true, but it's a nice thought, huh?

Juno - Welcome! I agree. Where was the "Hans Solo" of this movie? Couldn't find him! Effects, especially those light sabres, were fantastic. The Padme thing is definitely trippy!

At 5:22 AM, May 25, 2005, Blogger Steve Bogner said...

Well, Jedi's still remind me of Jesuits :)

We saw the movie on opening day - it was good, not great. That's as much of a review as I can give.

I skimmed the post about Star Wars and celibacy... people can read their own opinions into most anything. It's been done with scripture for centuries, and in the Catholic blogging world it's done with Tradition, Catholic Social Teaching, etc. The challenge is to put our own bias aside and so that we can hear what God is telling us.

At 8:09 AM, May 25, 2005, Blogger CafeCath said...

Opening day...Wow! I can see a bit of Jesuit in the Jedi's, too!

Human being are psychologically wired with a "confirmation bias". We'll see things that "prove" our point of view in everything --- including Star Wars 3 as evidence that priests should be celibate. Fascinating.

Putting biases aside can be challenging...and enlightening.


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