After 28 years, the circle is now complete. Writer/Director/Creator George Lucas has finally put the capper on what is, without doubt, the
most popular movie series of all-time. He does so in such a furious and spectacular fashion, that we wish it wasn't the last one.
But Revenge of the Sith doesn't just go out on a high note, it goes out on the highest note. It is the best of the Star Wars films, and as
someone who considers The Empire Strikes Back to be one of the best movies ever, that's saying something.
The film opens with what might be the most gleefully fun series of action sequences since escaping the Death Star in A New Hope. The
comic relief, mainly provided by R2-D2, is spot on. So is the chemistry between Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and Obi-Wan Kenobi
(Ewan McGregor). It is clear that the actors are having a lot of fun here.
There is a great moment after Anakin crash lands a huge Trade Federation ship on Coruscant and Obi-Wan exclaims: "Another Happy
Landing!" It is a wonderful bit of Star Wars dialog in that it is a very awkward phrase, but is read so well by Ewan McGregor that we can't
help but smile and laugh.
After these initial sequences, the film gets more serious. It might slow down a bit too much in this segment, but luckily none of the dialog is
as painfully bad as parts of Attack of the Clones were. That said, the dialog is probably the weakest aspect of the film. But this is more
because not a lot of it is memorable, as opposed to it being bad.
By the time Anakin is being seduced to the dark side by Chancellor Palpatine and Obi-Wan heads to Utapau to find Grievous, the film never
In fact, when Anakin turns to the dark side, the film becomes gripping and incredibly dramatic. Even though we know what is coming,
actually seeing it is still very painful.
There is a sequence where the Jedi are wiped out by the clone troopers all across the galaxy that is fantastically directed and downright
The film gets incredibly dark.
At the heart of the evil is Palpatine. Ian McDiarmid hasn't received a lot of credit for his work in the series, but he is undeniably excellent in
In fact the whole cast is solid, with the usual good work from McGregor, and much improved performances by Christensen and Natalie
But the show stealer is Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz). He is the littlest badass in the galaxy, and even those who oppose his newly found
action hero side, will have a hard time remaining against it.
As a Star Wars fan, the last hour or so is the best in the entire saga. Anakin's turn to the dark side is incredibly tragic. By the time the
show-stopping lightsaber duel between Obi-Wan and Anakin starts, it is much more than just an action sequence.
The last 15 minutes are pure nostalgia, and I'll say no more than that. The ending is absolutely perfect.
In addition to the great story, we get incredible visual effects by ILM (Yoda is freakin' real!), and another classic score by John Williams.
Revenge of the Sith has its flaws, but the overall experience is so thrilling that one can easily overlook them. It is a masterpiece.
With Star Wars, George Lucas has created the first true film-based mythology. Revenge of the Sith is the ultimate icing on the already sweet
cake. May the force be with us all.
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(out of four)
|STAR WARS EPISODE III:
REVENGE OF THE SITH
Written and Directed by: George Lucas
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden
Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson
Cinematography by: David Tattersall
Music by: John Williams
Released: May 19, 2005; 140 Minutes