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Aug 03

Star Wars – Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith

starwars6Genre: Sci-Fi
Year: 2005
Country: USA

aka: Revenge of the Sith

Director: George Lucas
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson

 

The saga is complete

 

Anakin Skywalker has grown and is now done with his teenage years and can finally look at himself as an adult Jedi Knight. He is however starting to turn against the council when they refuse him the rank as a Jedi Master.

He is also starting to have premonitions about Padme dying while giving childbirth. He finds comfort in the company of the Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who has a dark plan for what he wants to use Anakin for in the final episode of the Star Wars.

Revenge of the Sith is the final and best entry in the prequel trilogy. It feels more like a story with an ending and it goes a bit darker than the two previous films. It also doesn’t have that many annoying character or poor acting as the two first one either. It’s almost like they used the first one, Phantom Menace, to hook in the younger audience and then they gave them Attack of the Clones when they started their teenage years and are now hoping that the fans have grown up even more and therefore it should also work better for those who already was an adult by the time these prequels started to be released.

The entire prequel series have been about one thing – turning Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader. It’s kind of funny that they didn’t create a clear reason for why he did turn. I didn’t really understand his motivations for going over to the dark side at all. Was the dark force within him all this time? Was he born evil, like an antichrist in space? Even if he did just turn and still believe he is in the rights, wouldn’t it be a little early for him to do what he did towards the young Jedi children? It made no sense to me at all and I expect better writing from someone who has created such a great universe.

Even if I hated that part, the film is filled with action and got a great ending. Hayden Christensen is much better in this film than he is in Attack of the Clones and the evil side of Anakin seem to suit him much more than the hungry for love teenager he played in the previous film. On the other hand, Natalie Portman’s character Padme has been reduced from being a wise princess who was not afraid to get in the action to just becoming a woman whose main focus is to care for Anakin. It’s the same thing they did with Princess Leia in the original trilogy, sadly.

The ending scene with the final confrontation between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin was great and while it was predictable from the start, it was nice to see Palpatine turn into the Darth Sidious aswell. The film also as a whole felt more complete as a movie than the two first films and because of that also turned into a much better experience.

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is a good sci-fi film. Yeah, it has its flaws but that goes for nearly every film and the flaws here are outweighted by the great action scenes. It’s a good ending to a prequel trilogy which ended up being a little disappointing compared to the original trilogy. Revenge of the Sith is the last entertaining Star Wars film we have gotten…. so far.

 

 ★★★☆☆ 

 

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