Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, 5/13/17 4.5 Stars out of 5.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
Star Wars Review
Episode III: Revenge of the SithGreat! The first two prequels were watchable, and this film proved to be superior to them. First off, not enough obviously fake green-screens to take me out of the moment. Still one or two, but enough believable ones to make me absolve them of that sin. It lets you appreciate the scope of the CGI scenery, even if it lacks the heart the original and sequel trilogy had with practical sets. Next is that we get more action. We open right up with the battle over Coruscant. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) lead a group of clone pilots (all clones played by Temuera Morrison throughout) to rescue Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) from Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) and General Grievous (Matthew Wood). The first twenty minutes of Revenge of the Sith is actually an exciting, occasionally humorous, rescue mission that begin the final stages of Anakin’s turn to the dark side. If you watched the character in The Clone Wars TV show, then it enhances the experience, but is not absolutely necessary. After saving the Chancellor and finally getting the war to wind down while the story slows down. Anakin gets the bombshell reveal that his secret wife Padme (Natalie Portman) is pregnant, and what follows is a solid half-hour of sluggish talking scenes that could have been either punctuated with more visual action or mostly, if not completely cut out without ruining the plot’s coherence. What follows is Anakin’s final turn to the dark side and the tragedy that Obi-Wan described in A New Hope. There are a few moments you will have to chalk up to “the force” or mild error in clarity. Character development comes to a full head, and if you haven’t watched The Clone Wars series, it kind of sinks in, but is enhanced by said show. Padme is benched by her pregnancy, only showing up to be the one Palpatine uses against him to scare him into the dark side, as well as an expectant mother this time around. Anakin’s desire to save her from what he thinks will be her fate is something any of us could relate to, it’s something that creates instant sympathy in I would assume at least 90% of the audience could too. We’ve seen enough of Anakin over the course of three movies to care enough about his fate, and Star Wars is the story of the Skywalker saga. Everything in the plot comes back to his turn to the dark side, and that’s fine by me. What’s also fine by me in Star Wars, no matter what, is John Williams’ amazing soundtrack. The choir in the music underscoring Anakin’s turn to the dark side, the opera he attends with Palpatine where he learns of Darth Plagueis, the scene where he and Padme stare across Coruscant towards each other, and Battle of the Heroes deepens the humanity thanks to literal human voices, and is used only in such scenes. In other soundtrack news, the opening crawl is as spectacular as ever and the music for the opening battle is as grand as Coruscant. Revenge of the Sith strikes back against the first two prequels with a poetic, albeit poorly-paced, conclusion to the prequel trilogy.