Star Wars Revenge of the Sith
Warning: This review of Star
Wars Revenge of the Sith will be a little different than
my previous ones. Since I grew up a die hard Star Wars fan, there
was no way I could give this film a neutral review. I decided to write about
my experience and feelings about the film. If you like the way this review
goes send me an e-mail and I'll keep writing them this way. If you don't
want to read my rambling head down to the final paragraph for my overall
synopsis and rating.
Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Review
Ok, I know this review is a little late, but there is a good reason for
my tardiness. You see, I had to see ROTS twice in order to write
this review up. There is a very good reason for it……
I saw Revenge of the Sith on opening night (like half the world
did), but after all the excitement of seeing the movie was over, I left
feeling a tad bit disappointed. I couldn't put my finger on exactly why,
but I walked out of the theater confused at how I could be so disappointed.
Star Wars was the first film I ever remember seeing. I had all
the toys, could recite most of the movies word for word and was a big enough
fan that I knew that the Wompa scene in Empire Strikes Back was
added at the last minute to explain Mark Hamill's jacked up face from his
motorcycle accident (it's ok to laugh at me…most people do). I once told
my friend that I was such a nut for Star Wars that George Lucas
could film a piece of crap on a plate for two hours, call it Star Wars
and I would like it. Not the best image, but you get the point. See, I liked
The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. Sure they
had their flaws (Jar Jar Binks, both actors who played Anakin Skywalker
and the dialogue written by a man who is out of touch with casual conversation),
but they were part of the Star Wars universe and that I could always enjoy.
I knew that even though these films weren't the greatest, there was no way
Lucas could screw up the last one. All he had to do was have Anakin turn
to the dark side, kill all the Jedi's and become Darth Vader. How hard is
Star Wars Revenge of the Sith
With that in mind I went to see Star Wars Revenge of the Sith.
I had read zero reviews or spoilers wanting the movie to be new and exciting.
Once I walked out my friend asked me what my thoughts were. I told her about
my disappointment and it was like I slapped her in the face. She is by no
means a die hard Star Wars fan, yet she absolutely loved the film.
It was a total shock to her that her mega Star Wars geek friend
I spent the next two days thinking why I was disappointed and decided to
see the movie one more time. I came to the conclusion that this time I was
going to look at Revenge of the Sith as the fan that I am, instead
of the overcritical Star Wars nut who was expecting absolute perfection.
That's where it hit me. Because of the problems I had with the previous
two films and the fact that there was no way Lucas could ruin such a simple
plot for the third; I had raised my expectations to a super high level.
I was expecting the greatest film ever made and there was no way Lucas or
any director for that matter could provide.
So after the second viewing I realized that this film, while not perfect, is still a great film. Sure all the flaws that bugged me are still there. Lucas still can't write good dialogue if his life depended on it. Nothing says romantic like this for example:
Senator Amidala: You're a good person, don't do this.
Anakin Skywalker: I'm doing this for you, to protect you.
Senator Amidala: Anakin, you're breaking my heart!
Or tense and dramatic like this:
Anakin Skywalker: Don't lecture me, Obi-Wan. I see through the lies of the Jedi. I do not fear the dark side as you do. I have brought peace, justice, freedom and security to my new Empire.
Obi-Wan: Your new Empire?
Anakin Skywalker: Don't make me kill you.
Obi-Wan: Anakin, my allegiance is to the Republic... to democracy.
Anakin Skywalker: If you're not with me, you're my enemy.
Obi-Wan: Only a Sith Lord deals in absolutes. I will do what I must.
Anakin Skywalker: You will try.
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Sounds kind of dull doesn't it? The dialogue only enhances the wooden acting. Poor Natalie Portman, she tries her best, but with not a great part to work off of she comes off as uninterested and bland. Same goes for pretty much everyone else. Samuel L. Jackson, known for his emotion in all of his other films can barely muster his patented yell and Hayden Christensen is still that whiny ungrateful kid from the second film. His character comes off as a brat and totally unlikable.
There are also many a corny scene in Revenge of the Sith. Some
of the moments meant to be dramatic come off as comedic and goofy. In particular
most of the lines by the Chancellor Palpatine and of course the love story
between Anakin and Padme. In terms of characters, the one saving grace for
this film is Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan. He looks like he's having so much
fun being in this film that he brings energy to every scene he's in.
I know it sounds like it I'm trashing this film, but for all the problems
this film had none of it matters in the end…at least to Star Wars
fans. People that don't have a connection to this film may cast it off as
another corny sci-fi, but to Star Wars fans this film gives them
the answers and closure they need. This film explains everything and does
an excellent job of bridging the gap between Revenge of the Sith
and A New Hope. Questions are answered like why Luke and Leia were
separated, how Obi Wan, Yoda and Anakin live on as spirits in Return
of the Jedi and of course just how did Anakin become Darth Vader. Pretty
much everything Star Wars fans want to know gets answered here
and that is why this film is so good. Fans didn't come to this movie to
see bad acting and horrible dialogue; they came to be immersed in the Star
Wars universe and to see how everything came to be.
Final Judgment: Revenge of the Sith has everything a Star Wars
fan could ask for. Such as great special effects, tons of action, beautiful
new worlds and of course lots and lots of lightsaber battles. Lucas really
goes the extra effort at giving the fans exactly what they want and he
delivers with every scene. When you watch this film try not to look at
it as just another film, look at it as the end of a story that's been
going on for close to 30 years. Sit back and enjoy the experience of seeing
the final chapter in the Star Wars universe and I guarantee you won't
be disappointed. My mistake was looking at this film as just another film
instead of as a Star Wars film. With Star Wars you know
the positives and negatives you are going to get before you even see the
film so don't try to question everything it will drive you nuts. Sit back,
relax, and don't try to be overly critical, enjoy the decent of Anakin
to the dark side and the formation of the empire and say goodbye to characters
you've known your whole life. I am sad that this ride has come to an end,
but Star Wars will always have a close place in my heart.