Star Wars Episode III— Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid
Director: George Lucas
George Lucas draws the Star Wars film series to a close with the release of the sixth and final installment of the dark sci-fi adventure. From the original series we have always known that Darth Vader is Anakin Skywalker, and that Luke and Leia were his offspring; so that isn’t all that new, however, it is exciting to find out how and why Anakin lost his way. Filled with exciting action scenes and top of the line visual feats, George Lucas really shows us why he is King of Sci-Fi.
As Episode III opens, Obi-Wan (McGregor) and Anakin (Christensen) are piloting fighter craft on a mission to rescue Chancellor Palpatine (McDiarmid), who has been captured by General Grievous. Anakin successfully rescues the Chancellor whilst caring for injured Obi-Wan. Back at the Jedi Council, Anakin finds himself not given the title Jedi Master despite his heroics in saving the Chancellor. The council distrusts the Chancellor and wants Anakin to spy on him. Likewise, the Chancellor wants Anakin to spy on the Council. Who to choose? At this point we began to see Anakin changing for the worse. Palpatine playing the most pivotal role of playing on Anakin’s already wounded ego. He plants the seed of doubt in his mind that the Jedi don’t trust him. Despite the Chancellor’s attempts, we still see Anakin reluctant to join the dark side.
The turning point comes with the discovery of Padmè’s pregnancy. Anakin’s reaction is that of a teenage comedy, looking awkwardly pleased on the outside, but wondering how this will affect all the amazing things he will get to do. His horrific visions of Padmè dying in child birth are the climax of the film. His inability to accept death as a part of nature and willingness to go through all lengths to stop Padmè from dying marks Anakin’s descent to the dark side of the force.
As always, the dialogue is the weakest point in the entire film and film series. To say George Lucas cannot write a love scene is the understatement of the century. A hallmark card can probably express more passion. Likewise, the action and overall plot trumped the poor dialogue. The special effects of this movie are much more sophisticated than all of the previous movies. Each second of this movie kept you on the edge of your seat, never feeling dragged out. The final battle scene on the planet of Musatafar was spectacular. The movements and fighting is much more complex and really makes you wish light sabers were real. Similarly, we never imagine Yoda in a fight scene as anything that would be cool. But alas, we are mistaken. Animated Yoda can kick some major butt.
While the previous two episodes of the prequel series left us feeling questionable and concerned whether or not George Lucas lost his touch; Episode III truly made it ok to love Star Wars again. George Lucas really brought his all and delivered. The overall plot, graphics, and special effects are truly phenomenal, and disguise the poor dialogue. George Lucas truly achieved what few artists are able to ever do; he created a whole new world that will be appreciated by many generations to come. Episode III a thriller that deserves 4.5 stars and is a must see film that will leave you wanting more.