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Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Review

Published May 19, 2005 in Movie Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of 20th Century Fox
Star Wars Revenge of the Sith I was surprised to see myself carrying for Anakin, the most tragic character of the entire Star Wars saga.
I have recently had the pleasure of watching the long awaited conclusion to the largest epic in the history of Hollywood-- Star Wars Revenge of the Sith. Let me begin by stating that I am pleased to announce that Lucas has made a film that successfully concludes the Star Wars series and makes it whole once more.

Before I Begin the Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Review


The problem with Star Wars reviews is that you got to know what kind of moviegoer the person reviewing the film is. So, before I begin, it is best that I state that I have been a Star Wars fan since childbirth and have watched the original trilogy a countless number of times; the new trilogy not so much.

So, before you think I am a Star Wars nut willing to praise the film just because it is Star Wars, you are dead wrong. I thought Phantom Menace was a silly mess and Attack of the Clones, though an entertaining film, lacked any real Star Wars story except for filler and a weakly drawn love story. But this review is not about the past films but the final film in the new trilogy of Star Wars-- Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Now the burning question that remains is whether Lucas continued the downhill road set by the earlier films or did Sith pull away and finally do the Star Wars series justice?

Star Wars Revenge of the Sith- The Movie


Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Ewan McGregor plays a wonderful Obi-Wan, playing great tribute to Alec Guinness.
I am just gonna say it-- Star Wars Revenge of the Sith is a great film. To be honest, I think that the only reason Revenge of the Sith may get a bad rap is because so much cool shit is thrown at you that you can become de-sensitized to it. Is there such thing as too much cool shit? Well, there are also a couple of other little issues, but we'll get to those in a bit.

Revenge of the Sith tells the tale of the end of the Clone Wars and the final fall of Anakin Skywalker[Hayden Christensen] to the dark side. A pretty simple premise that just about every moviegoer will know before entering the theatre. So, we all know that Revenge of the Sith is supposed to be tragic… and it is.

Tragedy, it turns out, is one of the greatest elements put forward by Lucas for Star Wars Revenge of the Sith. We all know how the story ends, but what we don't know is how taken in we will be by the fall of Anakin. I thought I wasn't going to care for this pre-drawn character. However, I could not help feeling pity for Anakin, and loved the approach Lucas took to make Anakin's fall to the dark side very believable.

Even a person that knows nothing about the story of Anakin will understand why he turned his back on the Jedi order. On that note, let me say that Ian McDiarmid does a fantastic job playing Emperor Palpatine in his grand scheme to make Anakin his apprentice. In Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine gets closer to Anakin and soon becomes his good friend. Unlike what most would think, getting close to Anakin was easy thanks to a non-supportive group of friends.

I mean damn, Anakin saves Obi-Wan's [Ewan McGregor] life and doesn't even get a pat on the back or a hug. Even though Anakin is close to the Jedi order, they look at him like an employer looks at an employee, not as family. The closest thing Anakin has, besides his love interest Padme [Natalie Portman], is Obi-Wan Kenobi. Even though Obi-Wan Kenobi claims to be a brother, I did not see him, neither any other character, attempt to throw a vote of confidence over to Anakin. In the end, Anakin was not only seduced by the Emperor [through offering the powers of the dark side], but also pushed away by his fellow Jedi.


Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Yoda does a fantastic job acting for Revenge of the Sith. Seeing sadness and conflict cross his face is something else.
And, to top it off, Anakin will do whatever he can to save Padme, who he envisions dying during labor. So to whom must he turn to for aid? None other than Palpatine.

Anakin's turn to Darth Vader occurs about half way through Star Wars Revenge of the Sith, which spurs Palpatine to commence Order 66. The order tells the clone troopers to immediately turn on, and execute, their Jedi commanders. The five-minute scene where we get to watch Order 66 fulfilled is some of the coolest five minutes in Star Wars cinema. I had no idea that Lucas had it in him to create something so poetic. During this scene we get to jump all over the galaxy to warring planets and watch each Jedi as they lead their clone troopers into battle to only have them turn on them. The deaths of the Jedi is a truly sad moment in Revenge of the Sith. And, to make Order 66 more dramatic, we get to watch the sadness form across Yoda's face as the force signals the loss of his fellow Jedi. Watching Yoda grab for his heart in emotional suffering for the deception placed on his comrades was sensational.

And, since I am on the topic of poetic, one of my other favorite scenes from the Revenge of the Sith comes when Mace Windu [Samuel L Jackson] and Jedi company confront Palpatine about being a Sith lord. As this scene takes place the film cuts to Anakin, who has been forced to remain at the Jedi council. At this very moment we get to watch Anakin stare off at the building where Padme lives. It just so happens that Padme is also standing in her 'apartment' and is staring right back at the Jedi council building. Lucas then has an almost slow-mo effect kick in while we hear Anakin ponder the words said by Palpatine claiming that only he can help him save Padme. After what looks like an internal struggle, Anakin forces himself to leave the Jedi council to help defend Palpatine and keep the ability to save Padme alive. This scene was so well done that I even wonder if it was Lucas who created it.

I can go on and on with this review, but I want to get back in topic, which is how much better Star Wars Revenge of the Sith is than its predecessors. And I will end on the topic I had just discussed-- tragedy.

Just when I thought the film could not be any more tragic, we come to the end of the movie to find Anakin now fully endowed with the Vader suit. So, what are the first questions to come from the mouth of the new Darth Vader after coming to? I am not going to say, but it is so cool and sad that you can't help to still feel for Anakin Skywalker and wish he and Padme could live happily ever after.

Star Wars Revenge of the Sith- Quick Likes and Dislikes


Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Ian McDiarmid is superb as Emperor Palpatine.
Obviously, by being a Star Wars film there were a few scenes in Revenge of the Sith that were kind of 'woody.' However, these scenes weren't half as bad as a good majority of Phantom and Clones. During Revenge of the Sith I felt as if I was watching an entirely new, and better, director, but was still reminded that Lucas was behind the camera by the wipes and, at times, 'unique' dialogue.

When it comes to action, Star Wars Revenge of the Sith is dedicated to bringing it to the big screen. What I also like about Sith is that the action, though a huge element of the film, does not take over for nor kill the story we have been waiting decades to hear. The space battles are excellent, the saber duels are plentiful and at thier best, and the story is still able to remain. Sigh of relief!


Final Judgment: Star Wars Revenge of the Sith is the film Star Wars fans have been waiting for. Lucas has stepped up his game and has served up a better story, better action, and even better acting for this final installment. I want to give praise to Ian McDiarmid for creating the wonderfully conniving character that was necessary to draw Anakin to the dark side, and to Ewan McGregor who not only controlled most of the emotion in Revenge of the Sith but does a stunning job of conveying a young Alec Guinness. Can I give more praise? For Revenge of the Sith-- hell yes! Here is a shout out to Samuel L Jackson for being a badass Jedi that had to suffer one of the many tragedies in Sith. To the crew who was able to make the digital character, Yoda, some one you can care for and believe in. And, finally, to Hayden Christensen whose acting is so many notches above the previous film.

The Star Wars series has finally come to a close, and now all I want is more. I will finish by wishing, in a slight sense of melancholy, a ton of thanks to everyone who worked on the Star Wars movies during the last three decades for bringing one of the greatest, and now most tragic, film sagas to ever hit the big screen. Now we all are able to finally see both the good, and the dark, in Vader.
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