Review of first 8 minutes of ROTS at AICN

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Hi Harry,

Long time reader of the site - appreciate all the info you guys manage to pull together. Not sure if this has been posted yet, however I figured I'd send it in just in case.

The company I work for recently was visited by representatives from LucasFilm and a marketing firm, and I was fortunate enough to sneak my way in to the licencing meeting they held. I thought I was going to see some cool new toys, posters, clothing, etc, etc. and was pretty hyped to at least get a peek at some juicy tidbits... little did I know that they had planned to screen the recent Teaser Trailer (this was days before the official release). That was a cool bonus and I was happy just getting to see that early. However, I wasn't expecting that they had brought with them the first eight minutes of the movie! I just about hugged the person who "snuck" me in! But I'm a man.. and men do not hug other men... right? Right?

Well anyway, the scenes were not 100% finished - there were temp soundtracks in place (can't wait to see it with a full John Williams score in place!), computer renditions of sequences and even some voice dubbing for seens that had dialog but not actual shots of the actors - that was funny to hear Anakin's voice to drop a couple octaves when cutting to an exterior shot of his ship. It opens traditionally with the scroll which had some temp text in place as well - at least I hope it did (it was a bit choppy in spots), explaining that General Grevous(sp?) has struck at Coruscant and in a bold move, kidnapped and is holding hostage, Chancellor Palpatine. He is attempting to make his escape from the planet which leads to a HUGE capital ship battle over Coruscant - which is where the opening footage starts. The new ships look great - especially the new (old?) Star Destroyers (which have been shown briefly in the new trailer). The shots of the cap ships slugging it out toe-to-toe are amazing! Never really have we gotten to see that in a Star Wars flick before - so it's something to see here.

It closes in on two new Jedi fighters that are cruising there way along one of the larger ships - followed closely by clone-piloted Republic fighters (look like predecessors to the X-Wing). Anakin and Obiwan are piloting the Jedi fighters and are attempting to get to Grevous' flag ship in order to stage a rescue of Palpatine. All the while the camera is zooming in and out as the enemy ships come screaming in and clone ships are exploding all around them. Anakin and Obi-wan do a lot of back and forth banter with Anakin wanting to help clone pilots in trouble but Obi reigns him in and keeps him on track. Hayden's acting seems a bit wooden in spots but there were a couple of good moments - especially one where Obiwan gives orders to engage enemy craft and Anakin grins evily and says "this is where the fun begins" or something like that. You can see his love for battle and how he views it quite clearly at this point.

Most of the other details are sketchy because it comes at you so fast - the dog fighting and ship combat (at least the finished stuff) was excellent - the opening scene blew away the space battle in Return of the Jedi in it's intensity, in my opinion. The scene that we saw winds up with Obi's ship getting hit with some kind of "missle" that expels a whole bunch of little "bug" droids that climb all over his ship and start dismantling it bit by bit. He tells Anakin to go on ahead but the ever stubborn Anakin tries shooting them off of Obi's ship, which pisses Obi off a wee bit. After getting yelled at, he then pulls up alongside and tries to knock them off with his wing, pissing Obi off even more, who keeps yelling at Anakin to go on without him and get to the Chancellor. As Anakin continues to bat at the small droids, one hops over to Anakins ship and starts to attack R2 while Anakin yells at R2 to "get it!". That's where it ended for us.

The LucasFilm rep went on to tell us about some key points in the movie as well as show us some concept art from the film. The first painting was once Anakin gets on board the Seperatist ship - it shows him standing facing Count Dooku, with Palpatine sitting in a throne of sorts in his Darth Sidious garb (very reminiscent of the throne room in RotJ). He says this is where Anakin kills Dooku/Tyrannus and becomes Sidious' new apprentice. This appears to happen very early in the movie which I wasn't really expecting... The next picture/painting he screened while talking a bit about the Anakin-Obiwan duel showed the two of them hovering (at least that's what it looked like) on some kind of floating platforms over bubbling lava! The last pic he showed was a painting from what he said would be the biggest, BADDEST, lightsaber duel - if not the most anticipated one - of the movie (which we got a hint at in the Trailer): The Emperor versus Yoda! That one caught me by surprise because for some reason I never thought they would have Palpy fighting with anything other than Force-lightning...

I usually tend to stay away from spoilers and have up until that day with RotS... but seeing what I did really got me excited to see what Lucas has up his sleeve for this chapter - it looks to be fairly dark and FILLED with lightsaber battles from beginning to end. I... can't... WAIT!

If I'm not terribly out of date and you do use this, my name is Remo. Thanks Harry!

Sith Master X
That's awesome. Glad the guy at Lucasfilm agrees with me about Yoda Vs. Sidious being perhaps the most anticipated duel of the film. yes

sounds exciting especially the yoda part.

:.Space Opera.:
oh shit, i was hoping they wouldnt put in the lava surf boards.

it might be cool, you don't know. besides, you already knwo they won't be on them the whole damn time.

Darth Subjekt
I think that the Yoda - Sidious deul is so anticipated be cause like he said, no one ever thought of Palps using a lightsaber, and how excited did you get when Yoda pulled out his little lightsaber in AOTC? So i dont think it will be as exciting as the OB1 - Ani duel or even sa epic---but surely highly anticapated. What Remo said sounds like GL finally found his way back to how star wars should be. words cant express my feelings for this movie.

RM said there would be no surfing at that the rumor was 'ridiculous'.
perhaps there will be stationary platforms, perhaps just chunks of flat rock floating on lava...or perhaps this is just IS AICN after all wink

or perhaps it's like the review says, it was "concept art" and not finished shots..

i like that he mentions anakin's voice is an octive lower. i thought i noticed that in one of the webdocs.

I think its fake because do think Lucas would show a preview of the movie for toy meeting. Everyone knows whats happens in the space
battle. I think it fan made story. It also like aotc thing with speed chase
when obi wan telling anakin off and anakin not listening.
On the the scipt which I believe to be true mentions when a star destroyer gets blown up and all clone troops gets away
in space which everyone will notice and he never mentions in the review.

I, for one, don't "anticipate" the Yoda vs Emperor fight. It just seems.. off. I'm sorta looking forward to the Anakin vs. Obi-wan duel. But hey, that's just me.

I am looking for the anakin vs obi wan fight because emotion it has because its father vs son. its more emotion than luke vs vader because
anakin knew obi wan for years and thought of him as a father.Luke
just knew that vader was his father. it will give more emotion to obi wan vs vader.

Re-read it. He says that Yoda v. Sidious is NOT the most anticipated duel of the film.

I don't trust this guy. Some of it may be true but why would LFL show people the first 8 minutes of the film? Also why would they let just anyone in to see it? I know, I know he said the someone sneaked him in but I think that if it were true that LFL would have more security than that. What company does this guy work for anyways? Sorry but I think this is just a lot of spoilers and the trailer put together to get this unbelievable story. Most of the stuff he said we already know about.


I know I sound like a prude but I just don't believe this story.

It was officially screened... I posted a message a while ago seeing if anyone had it and would release it big grin

Darth Subjekt
ok why do YOU go re-read it. he says "one of - if not the most anticipated..."

theres a big difference between "is not" and "if not". read more closely next time.

Sith Master X
Ok, here's exactly whatt he said "Would be the biggest, BADDEST, lightsaber duel - if not the most anticipated one - of the movie"

it;s fake,i dont believe him

aaahhhh hahaha LOL

It must be online, we must find it.....

Thanks for volunteering stick out tongue

IT'S AICN!! EVERYBODY SHOULD KNOW BY KNOW IT IS A CROCK OF BULL S***!!!!!!!! mad (excuse my language)

As Sith Master X pointed out he said, "Would be the biggest, BADDEST, lightsaber duel - if not the most anticipated one - of the movie," which means it will be the biggest and baddest duel, even though it isn't the most anticipated duel. The most anticipated is obviously Anakin v. Obi-wan.

Darth Subjekt
are you retarded? Seriously, cause if you are ill leave you alone.

Screw it. Have you read english before? have you heard it before? Havent you ever heard some say something like, "She's one of, if not the hottest woman alive" ?

If you say "one of......if not the....." youre saying it very well could be the MOST, whatever it is that youre talking about.

what that guy meant was that its highly anticipated, maybe even the most anticipated. Everyone already knew, from YEARS ago, that OB1 and Anakin fought. No one ever knew that Yoda and Sidous fought up until a little while back. So before you try to challenge me with words, read a little more in depth as to what youre speaking on, and then make a somewhat EDUCATED statement.
And for everyone who i know will try to find something to correct me on, I dont mean punctuation or typos. Just understand what something means before you speak on it.

ahhhhhhhh ahhhhhhahhaahahahahah aaaaaaaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhahahahahhah Ohh my ****ing god that is THE FUNNIEST THING IVE EVER HEARD

There is a difference between saying, "it is one of the- if not the most anticipated- duel," and saying "biggest, BADDEST, lightsaber duel - if not the most anticipated one - of the movie." The former applies to what you said; the latter means that it is big and bad, but probably not the most anticipated one.

AAaaww man... your getting dumber by the hour

This is my favorite thread ever

Darth Subjekt
can we please get someone, who has at least a 4th grade reading level, to ban this stupid tool? How old are you kid? If you make one more stupid, incoherrant, uneducated statement, I swear i will have all the lepers in the world come to your front door, and have them make you their prison *****. You obviously have no reading comprhension skills, nor do you have the slightest insight to concede your worthless, pathetic argument, after numerous people have told you that you are in fact WRONG. Im actully ashamed to call myself a Star Wars fan, just of fear that someone might lump me in with you. Ya know what, i heard they have a nice star trek convention coming up - it might be one of , if not the most anticipated geek gatherings ever!

ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha~~!!! thats great....damn...

:.Space Opera.:
this sucks. ush if youre out there......hear me......ush.........i can feel your presence..... close the thread....

Darth Subjekt
yea please do, its fun making fun of this kid, but i dont want to be responsible for him committing suicide for feeling stupid. It'll only get worse for him.

Jedi Priestess
and so continues the decline of kmc's rots section messed

dude, please proofread before clicking 'submit reply'
i mean, grammar and spelling mistakes are superficial as long as you bring your message across...but nobody has a clue as to wtf you are saying. confused

Darth Subjekt
i tried saying it nicely at first, but he still wanted to argue.....sorry JP, but this kid doesnt take a hint and wont except the truth. sad

da da dum - dum -dum
Another thread bites the DUST!
And another one gone, and another one GONE!

Freddie, erm, Cornponious


Queen is Great !!!

If this review is true, is anyone else worried about the so-called "wooden" acting by Hayden?(Though his voice is "an octave lower"wink

Wow! that was not a whole lot of exciting new information. Oh, and just for the record: Harry is a big fat tubby loser.

El Toro
meh i dont believe any these "reviews". lfl will only show the real footage to studio execs. so they can determine if they like watt they see. (it is their money funding the project). giving other people glimpses of it let alone website personal is utterly stupid (it'd make hyperspace even more of a joke). websites will try and promote themselves by saying they have "the inside scoop" or "1st 8 minutes of ROTS" so they can get people on board thus giving them a market that web advertisers will want to take advantage off. and Crow_T_Robot, bro you seriously need to read more often.

Jedi Priestess
Nope I think he will surprise alot of people this time out. yes

Darth Subjekt
i agree with JP

:.Space Opera.:
hayden is a good actor. "my life as a house" was a good movie and he did awesome in that. i think why he wasnt that good in the last one was because georgie boy is a bad director when it comes to acting. the Empire is my favorite and its because georgie didnt direct it.

tought you would like a look at some other aintitcoolnews which is very old (march 24, 2004)

Actually the other night I watched Hyden in 'shattered glass' by accident! I was suprised to see how well he did in it. Proving he can act.
I never normally watch too many films and side projects done by actors from star wars films as it sort of distracts mne from the story trying to be potrayed by the actors current projects. The exception to this is Samuel L. (in fact my other half is sick of me mentioning 'mace windu' every time I see him in a film.
I reccommend seeing shattered glass if you get the chance.


Darth Subjekt
how full of shit is that guy? laughing having "of the" doest sound like his style? attack OF THE clones. and this was wrote after AOTC cmae out.....what a tool. Harry should be castrated.

tought i would bring the balance on AICN angel

.:Space Opera:.
thats a good idea.

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