So last night we had tickets to go see Star Wars in Concert. Our seats were up in the nosebleed section, because the other tickets were a bit more money than I wanted to spend to see this. I imagine the view from the floor seats was spectacular, but with the big screen projection behind the orchestra, we could see just fine.
The whole premise is that an orchestra plays the music live, while they project excerpts from the movies on a big screen. Essentially, they used that to tell a more chronological story of the two trilogies, putting the newer movies before the older movies. However, that wasn’t always the case… there were a lot of times when they mixed older (original trilogy) stuff into the early events, and newer (second trilogy) stuff into the later events. For example, in just about any sequence that involved showing space battles, there was a mixing of old and new. It was pretty obvious, too, because of the differences in CG technology between the late 1970s-early 1980s and the late 1990s-early 2000s. They also used clips from the re-releases of the original trilogy, and I am not a fan of the re-releases.
The highlight for me was that Anthony Daniels, who played C-3P0 in all six movies, was the “narrator.” When I went to Dragon*Con in 2006, he emceed the Dawn costume competition, so I knew how much fun it would be to have him narrating the story. I was not at all disappointed in that.
Generally speaking, it was worth going to see. Jeremy and I both had fun with it. There were a lot of fidgety kids around us, though. Cute costumes, not so good at sitting still quietly. Ah well. 🙂