Mr. Plinkett, the geek hero and web video film reviewer alter-ego of RedLetterMedia founder Mike Stoklasa, is back with his long awaited breakdown of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Plinkett’s popular film deconstructions are feature-length affairs which mix sharp critical analysis with lowbrow humor, and Episode III is no exception. The three-part review runs for 111 minutes and addresses everything from the issues in filmmaking surrounding the rise of digital effects technology to Demi Moore’s questionable choice in men, wrapped up in a Punk’d reference no less.
Plinkett first invaded the Internet hivemind in December 2009 with the release of his 70-minute video review of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. A 90-minute look at Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones followed a year later, garnering similar attention. In the past, Plinkett also turned his attention to several Star Trek films and Avatar but as is often the case, nothing captured the public’s attention quite like Star Wars has.
I think I might be the only person on the Internet who feels this way, but these Plinkett reviews don’t do it for me. Maybe it’s the short attention span brought on by a life “wasted” on video games – or maybe it’s my diehard-fan-to-the-point-of-being-an-apologist attitude toward Star Wars – but I watch these reviews and inevitably think: “It’s an annoying uber-geek castigating a sci-fi franchise on the Internet. Take a number.” Plinkett makes some informed observations, but the feature-length format mixed with his nasally drone just puts me to sleep. I’m alone in this, right?