|Lowest Recommended Age:||4th - 6th Grades|
|MPAA Rating:||Rated PG for sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary smoking.|
|Nudity/Sex:||Mild gross-out humor|
|Violence/Scariness:||constant science fiction battles, mostly involving robots but human and humanoid characters are in peril, many fight scenes, guns, light sabers, and martial arts fighting|
|Diversity Issues:||Diverse characters, strong, brave, capable minorities and women|
|Movie Release Date:||August 13, 2008|
|DVD Release Date:||November 11, 2008|
Oh, George Lucas. Please stop diluting the franchise.
This latest all-animated iteration of “Star Wars” has a relationship to the original somewhere along the lines of the relationship of a homeopathic ingredient to the ultimate concoction. It has been diluted so that its atoms are barely detectable. The saga suffers in part because so many have taken what Lucas did in the 1970’s and 80’s and taken it further in terms of technology as well as story. All that remains here is from the weakest part of the original trilogy, especially the cardboard dialogue, without the screen charisma and acting ability of Harrison Ford and some of the others to make it work. The animation is below the level of most video games.
Worst of all, the movie diminishes the story arc of the original trilogies by taking the key character of Anakin Skywalker in a direction unrelated to everything we knew about him. What should enrich and expand on the stories just erodes further our sense of the original characters.