Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Movie Review for After the Apocalypse: Short fiction

Star Wars XIII: Jar Jar's Redemption
A Movie Review for After the Apocalypse
Chris Costello

The latest entry in this shambling hulk of a franchise has the stench of decay around it. (Too soon?)

Contrary to popular belief, the zombies which have appeared in our population in the past year do not have reduced intelligence. If the producers of this film are aware of this, they did a good job hiding it.

The characters, led by Major-General Binks, engage in one failed plan after another in their attempts to round up the last remnants of the old Empire. Perhaps this concept could work as a so-bad-it's-funny comedy except in this case it's just bad. Well, it’s pretty funny, too, but I don’t think that’s what they were going for.

As a sop to the zombie audience a scene was added with Christopher Lee--who has now appeared onscreen both as a living actor portraying undead characters and as an undead actor playing a living character--in the role of a distant relative of Count Dooku bent on avenging his death through the deaths of the grandchildren of Anakin Skywalker. This is the only significant reference to the Skywalker clan in the film and the scene, while gripping, feels unnecessarily grafted on.

George Lucas would surely be turning in his grave over this one. If, you know, he hadn't clawed his way out of it last week.

No stars.

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