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"I'm Getting Frozen Now!"

Mr. Cranky nails things with the best comment I've yet read on Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith in his review of the film:

Ask yourself: What was the most memorable line in the entire "Star Wars" series? If you can even think of one, good for you, but if you think hard, the answer is obvious (and it wasn't Jake Lloyd's "Yippee!" from Episode I). It occurs in "The Empire Strikes Back." Han Solo is about to be frozen and shipped to Jabba the Hutt as Princess Leia looks on in horror. "I love you," she tells him. Han looks at her and responds: "I know." Well, that line was improvised by Harrison Ford. Lucas didn't write it. If Lucas had insisted on it being performed as written, it would have been something like: "I love you too, my darling. I'm getting frozen now!"
This reminds of me the old joke that if IBM bought KFC, they'd market their product as "hot, dead chicken". I suppose this means that George Lucas comes from the IBM school of screenwriting.

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Personally, I think the problem with the newer Star Wars movies is the "blue screen" effect which has the actors/actresses working their craft on hygenic, uninspired "sets". The dialogue, however well written, never takes on the candor from the earlier films.

Still, you have to credit Lucas for leaving Harrison's improv in the final cut.

I don't care what they're standing in front of, no actors can read lines like these and make them work:

ANAKIN
I don’t like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating, and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything's soft... and smooth...

or...

ANAKIN
From the moment I met you, all those years ago, a day hasn't gone by when I haven't thought of you. And now that I'm close to you again, I'm in agony. The closer I get to you, the worse it gets. The thought of not being with you makes my stomach turn over - my mouth goes dry. I feel dizzy. I can't breathe. I'm haunted by the kiss you should never have given me. My heart is beating, hoping that kiss will not become a scar. You are in my very soul, tormenting me. What can I do? I will do anything you ask...

Hmmm, personally, don't have a good thing to say about the young darth.

On the other hand, there is:

"Open the blast doors! Open the blast doors!"

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